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As Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates push more gas production, report collects studies that show fracking harms

Anti-fracking groups say some aspects of the industry can’t be effectively regulated.

By Jon Hurdle

Pa. GOP measures to boost natural gas output unlikely to succeed, analysts say

Among other things, lawmakers want to end drilling ban on state lands, and urge New York and New Jersey to allow new pipelines for Pennsylvania natural gas.

By Jon Hurdle

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Study finds elderly near fracking sites at higher risk of dying prematurely 

The authors said they didn’t know what aspect of the fracking process was to blame. 

By Reid Frazier

‘Orphaned’ wells are a problem in Pennsylvania and there are more of them than we thought

Orphan wells are a source of climate warming methane emissions, and have been known to contaminate air, water and soil.

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA

Group says tighter radiation controls of drilling waste needed

The patchwork of radiation protection laws for oil and gas waste in the U.S. is “inconsistent,” said an official with the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, which provides expertise on radiation protection for a number of different industries.

By Reid Frazier

Pennsylvania agrees to settle gas drilling royalties lawsuit

The lawsuit was filed more than five years ago against Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake, which filed for bankruptcy protection in Texas in June.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Gas industry hasn’t delivered on its economic promise to communities, report says

Job growth in 22 counties with high gas production, including eight in Pennsylvania, averaged 1.7 percent over the period, compared with 10 percent nationwide. Three Pa. counties exceeded the statewide average for personal income growth per capita from 2016-18.

By Jon Hurdle

Updated: November 30, 2020 | 5:29 pm

Bill heading to governor would relax environmental laws for conventional drillers

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office has said the bill “poses an undeniable risk to the health and safety of our citizens, the environment, and our public resources.”

By Rachel McDevitt

Q&A: Terry Engelder, Penn State scientist whose work led to the shale gas boom, talks about grand jury report on fracking

Now a professor emeritus of geosciences at Penn State, Terry Engelder acknowledged some mistakes by the state and by industry, but challenged parts of the grand jury report.

By Anne Danahy
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