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Pennsylvania panel to examine drilling impacts on poor communities

Pennsylvania’s Office of Environmental Justice, all but moribund during the administration of then-Gov. Tom Corbett, gets new life this week with the appointment of a director and a mandate to review, for the first time, shale gas facilities that could increase the health and environmental risks in poor and minority communities. Whether those expanded reviews will reduce those risks in ...

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Census data show improved poverty rate in Pennsylvania

Poverty rates improved modestly across most of the Pittsburgh region in 2014, according to new census data, as many households appeared to benefit from an ongoing, modest economic recovery. The seven-county metropolitan area’s poverty rate of 12.4 percent last year, compared to 12.8 percent in 2013, is one factoid among wide-ranging American Community Survey data the U.S. Census Bureau is ...

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Coal industry finds comfort in pope’s encyclical

4:04 p.m. (1404 GMT, 10:04 a.m. EDT) Not only environmental activists and renewable energy advocates are celebrating Pope Francis’ strong message on climate change. Even the coal industry found something they like. The World Coal Association highlighted the pope’s emphasis on helping the poor as a crucial part of the fight against climate change. WCA chief executive Benjamin Sporton told ...

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Oil in Arcadia: Kemp


LONDON, Nov 24 – The State of New York produced just 1,000 barrels of oil per day in 2013, but consumed almost 620,000 barrels per day of refined fuels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Virtually every gallon of gasoline which New York motorists put into their cars, and the fuel oil used to heat their homes and offices ...

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Black Gold Buccaneers: Who’s at fault for Nigeria’s environmental emergency?

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Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Deep in the Niger delta, concealed by thick forests and swamplands, men are undertaking a singularly dangerous activity. They are refining oil in crudely-fashioned, highly unstable refineries. These men are unprotected, having no gear to stave off burns or worse in the likely event of an explosion. Instead, they work in T-shirts and rubber ...

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Sewickley Township man got food stamps, $206K in gas well royalties, investigators say


Bob Stiles | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review A Sewickley Township man didn’t mention $206,346.29 he collected in natural gas royalties in 2013 when he applied for public assistance, including help with his heating bill, with the state welfare department last year, investigators said. Now John J. Basista, 50, has been charged with welfare fraud in what may be the first case of ...

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Utility rates rise, lights go down

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Energy production in the state of Colorado is changing, and the results have trickled down to the residents of Pueblo, according to a recent report by The Washington Post. The story paints an interesting portrait of Sharon Garcia, a Pueblo resident, who is taking pragmatic but sometimes dramatic measures to combat the rising costs ...

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Bid launched to stop EU/U.S. free trade deal

Philip Blenkinsop | Reuters  BRUSSELS – A broad coalition of European environmental, consumer rights and anti-globalisation groups launched a bid on Tuesday to stop the European Union from negotiating a free trade deal with the United States. The alliance of around 150 groups, ranging from Greenpeace Luxembourg to Germany’s left-wing Die Linke party, say the proposed EU/U.S. trade deal is ...

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