Posts Tagged 'Marcellus Shale'

New York officials seek delay on fracking decision

The New York Department of Conservation wants an extension for releasing a new set of rules that would regulate the controversial natural gas extraction method called “hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking.”

The department originally had a Nov. 29 deadline to release the new regulations. But state officials announced their intention to file for a 90-day extension, which the Albany Times Union says could ultimately push back the final release by as much ...

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Lawmakers raise concerns about fracking

In an opinion piece published in the Denver Post, two state lawmakers criticize a proposal before the Colorado legislature that would regulate the controversial process of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

State Senator Morgan Carroll and State Representative Rhonda Fields take issue with a provision to set the minimum distance between drilling rigs and homes at 350 feet, arguing that the distance should be a minimum of ...

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Hurricane raises concerns about fracking

Hurricane Sandy has made residents of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region wary of the potential for pollution from the combination of floodwaters and natural gas drilling sites, a story in the Huffington Post reports.

The concerns center on a procedure known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which involves pumping large volumes of chemically treated water underground to break up rock formations and release natural gas.

The procedure is becoming increasingly common along the ...

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Residents near natural gas wells report health problems

Pennsylvania residents living near natural gas wells have reported a range of health problems including respiratory difficulties, skin rashes, severe headaches and fatigue.

Those findings come from a survey that Earthworks, a Washington-based environmental group, conducted of 108 residents in 14 Pennsylvania counties, Bloomberg reports.

According to the report, more than 5,000 wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Marcellus Shale — a gas-rich underground formation that also extends into ...

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Penn State faculty balks at fracking study

A group of natural gas drillers has canceled a Pennsylvania State University study of the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” According to a Bloomberg report, faculty members refused to participate in the process, which had drawn criticism for being pro-industry.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition had paid more than $146,000 for three previous studies. The industry group ended this year’s report after work had started, Bloomberg ...

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Missed deadline could jeopardize N.Y. fracking approval

The approval of a controversial method of natural gas extraction may be delayed in New York, as the state Department of Environmental Conservation tries to come up with new rules governing the process.

A story in the Albany Times Union reports that state regulators have a Nov. 29 deadline to come up with draft rules for hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” But a DEC decision last month to add a ...

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