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Yale study: Health problems found in people living near fracking wells


Ed Stannard | The New Haven Register People who live close to natural gas fracking wells were more likely to have skin and respiratory symptoms than those living farther away, according to a new Yale study. The study of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, often called “fracking,” was conducted in southwestern Pennsylvania, where “there were over 600 active natural gas wells ...

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Natural gas leads power plant capacity additions in 2014

The U.S. Energy Administration today reported natural gas, solar, and wind lead power plant capacity additions in the first half of 2014.  The EIA’s publication, Electric Power Monthly, claimed preliminary data showed power plants generated electricity from these sources; however, the numbers are down 40% from last year at this time. Florida, California, Utah, and Texas led the pack with the ...

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Marcellus production keeps steadily increasing


J.D. Prose | Beaver County Times After Marcellus shale natural gas production topped 15 billion cubic feet per day in July, it is expected to surpass 16 billion cubic feet per day in October, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Monday. The EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report said production in September was 15.8 billion cubic feet per day, the result of ...

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Shale energy is reviving US manufacturing


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An article in today’s New York Times examines the breath of fresh air the shale energy revolution has brought to America’s flagging manufacturing industry. Despite a nationwide downturn in the industry over the past several years, manufacturers in or near shale drilling states are actually experiencing growth thanks to the increasing demands of oil ...

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Poll finds Pennsylvania, New York at odds on fracking


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Residents of Pennsylvania and New York differ greatly in their views on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a new public opinion poll has found. StateImpact reports that, according to poll results, 54 percent of Pennsylvanians support “the development of shale gas” while only 29 percent of New Yorkers felt the same. The survey was a ...

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An energy opportunity that went from solar to supply


Madasyn Czebiniak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Paul and Nanette Battista were struggling to find the right business model. They started with visions of a solar company and then moved on to selling maintenance repair supplies for manufacturing companies. In 2004, inspiration struck in the form of a Marcellus Shale gas well. That well, drilled three miles from their Mount Pleasant home, ...

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Duke Energy official: Pipeline could expand


Rochelle Moore | Wilson Daily Times The proposed $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline from West Virginia to eastern North Carolina has the capacity to expand if demand warrants it, Duke Energy’s chief executive officer said. Duke’s CEO Lynn Good talked about the benefits of the pipeline during the Barclays Capital CEO Energy-Power Conference in New York City. The Atlantic Coast ...

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Shale wizard McClendon: “Utica best in the U.S.”


Shale Thielges | Shane Plays Media In Aubrey McClendon’s view, the Utica shale is “the best gas rock in the U.S.” Speaking Thursday at the Dallas Energy Conference, the pioneering wildcatter widely credited with discovering the potential of the Marcellus shale proclaimed his excitement regarding America’s fastest-growing energy source, Columbus Business First reports. McClendon’s new company, American Energy Partners, has invested over ...

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