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Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County, Pa. causing health problems


Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A report released today raises concerns about inmate cancers and other serious health ailments at a state prison that sits next to a massive Fayette County coal waste dump full of toxic fly ash. The preliminary report on the ongoing investigation by two human rights organizations into prisoner health at the State Correctional Institution Fayette ...

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African oil sales hurt by U.S. shale boom


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Africa’s drilling industry is growing at a remarkable pace. Overseas investments in Sub-Saharan nations hit a record $43 billion in 2013, in part because of new oil and gas deposit discoveries. The continent supplies 6.5 percent of the world’s crude oil, and the Energy Information Administration says this number has grown by 3 percent each year ...

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Fracking fire points out failings


Laura Arenschield | Columbus Dispatch CLARINGTON, Ohio — Phillip Keevert, the only paid firefighter in Monroe County, was working a diesel spill on the morning of June 28 when a 911 dispatcher called his cellphone about another emergency. Keevert was out of range of the county’s radio system, so he got in his truck and drove toward town. As he ...

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Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP


Anya Litvak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story. Six facilities in this part of the state reported receiving nearly 95,000 tons of drill cuttings and fracking fluid ...

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Frack workers exposed to carcinogenic benzene


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A study by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) has revealed that workers on hydraulic fracturing operations are exposed to dangerous levels of Benzene, a chemical compound that increases their risk of contracting blood cancers like leukemia. NIOSH worked with industry leaders in Colorado and Wyoming to measure benzene exposure to ...

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Fracking approaches final hurdle in Illinois


Julie Wernau | Chicago Tribune Rules that will clear the way for massive oil and gas “fracking” operations to drill in Illinois have been submitted to an Illinois legislative committee for final approval. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which has been charged with structuring a law passed more than a year ago that seeks to regulate the practice more ...

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Exclusive: Morgan Stanley plans natural gas export plant in new commodities foray


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley has quietly filed plans to build and run one of the first U.S. compressed natural gas export facilities, the first sign the bank is plunging back into physical commodity markets even as it sells its physical oil business. In a 23-page application to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy submitted in ...

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Editorial: Will the world go for a carbon tax?


Charleston Gazette Editorial Next year could bring an international treaty that eventually would damage West Virginia’s coal industry, and the gas industry to lesser degree. The controversial 1997 Kyoto Protocol against air pollution will expire in 2020. To replace it, delegates are to meet in Paris to draft a worldwide agreement to combat damage from fossil fuels: coal, oil and ...

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Fracking study may allow feds to resume lucrative oil leases in Kern


John Cox | Bakersfield Californian The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the state. The review by the nonpartisan California Council on Science and Technology found no instances of groundwater ...

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