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University of Pittsburgh adds new institute

William M. Carter Jr., the dean of the University of Pittsburgh officially announced the school will be adding new institution to its campus. The Energy Law and Policy Institute will draw “on the strengths of the University to advance the training of law students to become leaders in providing legal services to the regional, national, and international energy sectors.” Kevin ...

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Editorial: In praise of the science

Another EPA study, another EPA overreaching finding. No, on Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a study that acknowledged what everyone knew. Everyone as in the gas and oil industry and its supporters, in politics and elsewhere. One U.S. senator, who once compared the EPA to the Gestapo, described the report as “the latest in a series of failed ...

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Long-term solution for wastewater disposal eludes shale gas industry

Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target. Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators said the plants were not equipped to properly clean the salt- and metal-laden water that comes from shale gas wells. The traditional method of injecting it back into deep wells is less feasible in ...

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Penn. researchers awarded grant to develop new waste water recycling method


The University of Pittsburgh has been awarded a $496,000 grant from the Department of Energy to aid researchers in the development of a method for recycling gas well wastewater by using excess heat generated from power plants, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Chairman of the Swanson School’s civil and environmental engineering department, Radisav Vidic, and civil and environmental engineering professor, ...

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Mineral rights, royalties flowing to Western Pa. charities

Some universities and charities don’t need a gas well in their backyards to be enriched by the Marcellus shale frenzy. Contributions of mineral rights and royalty checks are flowing in from landowners who are sitting on fortunes because of the gas boom. Penn State University said it has received five to 10 gifts of royalty income or bonuses from gas ...

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Environmental firm Fair Shake aims to help clients of modest means

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By Kim Lyons / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A new legal entity billing itself as an “environmental justice incubator” will open its Pittsburgh office this week, amid what executive director Emily Collins says is an immense need. Part of that need reflects land owner issues surrounding the development of the Marcellus Shale, but oil and gas won’t be the only practice areas ...

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