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Nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater spills north of Tioga

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Department of Health says a pipeline has leaked nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater in northwest North Dakota. The pipeline owned by Continental Resources ruptured after it was struck by equipment excavating at the site about 16 miles north of Tioga. The 450-barrel saltwater, or brine, spill was contained to the excavated area near the pipeline. ...

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$100K for Marcellus health registry, please

On Tuesday, when Governor Tom Wolf proposed his budget plan, he also proposed a $100,000 funding increase for the state Department of Health so it can create a registry to monitor those who live near natural gas operations. After the state-wide fracking ban in New York was announced last year, public health concerns were brought to the forefront of Pennsylvania’s ...

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Brine spill near Williston largest since ND’s oil boom began

WILLISTON, N.D. — A North Dakota health official says a 70,000-barrel brine spill near Williston that has affected two creeks is the largest since the state’s oil boom began. Dave Glatt with the state Department of Health’s environmental health section says operator Summit Midstream has begun the cleanup process and inspectors have been monitoring the affected area. Brine is an ...

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Environmental group has an authenticity problem

When it comes to stories about environmental issues in North Dakota, specifically the impacts of fossil fuel energy development, the state media routinely calls the activists at the Dakota Resource Council for comment. The group is typically described as a “landowner group” or a “conservation group.” They have full-time staff, and by all outward appearances are a competent proponent of ...

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Wolf thinks New York fracking ban is the wrong move

Governor-elect Tom Wolf recently commented on New York’s decision to ban fracking and said that it was the wrong move, according to State Impact Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, New York State health officials reported that there currently isn’t enough evidence to determine the potential health and environmental hazards associated with oil and gas development. New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker wrote ...

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EDITORIAL: Health complaints related to natural gas drilling shouldn’t be swept under the carpet

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If you developed a breathing problem soon after a natural gas company entered the neighborhood and drilled a new well, you’d hurry to a doctor. You’d probably also wonder if the industrial activity led to, or contributed to, your respiratory trouble. Yet for Pennsylvania residents, finding answers to — or even contributing potential evidence about — the possibility of a ...

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Pa. Department of Health will address its mistakes


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced new measures today intended to address discrepancies in the state’s response to Marcellus shale drilling-related queries. DOH Secretary Michael Wolf said the new measures will include a better system of outreach to the medical care community and a new response policy for written letters, reports WeAreCentralPA.com. Wolf also ...

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Secretary Wolf defends Pa. Health Department


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf has responded to allegations that the state’s Health Department neglected its duties. Following up on statements he made last week, Wolf says the Department follows specific protocols for responding to questions about the health effects of fracking and takes them seriously. All inquiries are immediately reported to the ...

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