Natural Gas Economic Expansion Meets King Coal in Wyoming

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We’re scraping millions of tons of coal from the ground in Wyoming and Montana. But new oil and gas developments are shifting the energy landscape – and sparking debate on U.S. fuel and climate policy. by Gary Braasch […]

Grand New Industry: Washington’s Potential Coal Boom Sparks Big Questions and Uncertain Answers

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Debate over coal exports in Pacific Northwest leaves some out, critics charge By Curtis Tate and Kristi Pihl for McClatchy PASCO, Wash. — While proposals to turn green-leaning Washington state into a major exporter of coal to China have […]

Big American Land Grab: the Consequences of an Oil and Natural Gas Boom

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Special Report: The casualties of Chesapeake’s “land grab” across America By Brian Grow, Joshua Schneyer and Anna Driver for Reuters (Reuters) – Ranjana Bhandari and her husband knew the natural gas beneath their ranch-style home in Arlington, Texas, […]

Report Helps to Understand the Risk of Silica Sand

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OSHA rules on workplace toxics stalled by Jim Morris for iWatch News At 58, retired machinist Bruce Revers is tethered to his oxygen machines — a wall unit when he’s at home, a portable tank when he’s out. The simple […]

New Jersey Legislature Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas (Fracking)

“Today, New Jersey sent a strong message to surrounding states and to the nation that a ban on fracking is necessary to protect public health and preserve our natural resources,” said Senator Bob Gordon (D-Bergen). “Any benefits of gas production simply do not justify the many potential dangers associated with fracking such as pollution of our lakes, streams and drinking water supplies and the release of airborne pollutants. We should not wait until our natural resources are threatened or destroyed to act. The time to ban fracking in New Jersey is now.”

Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Waste Records Are Incomplete

A waste pit or drill pit next to a High Quality and Exceptional Value waterway in Pennsylvania. Waste pits, like the one pictured, are frequently being buried by natural gas companies without DEP permission.

On May 12, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Michael Krancer a letter asking “Pennsylvania to do a better job sampling, monitoring and regulating Marcellus Shale wastewater discharges near public drinking water sources.” Specific requests from the EPA included using “stricter public drinking water standards” and enacting “legally enforceable wastewater disposal regulations instead of relying on voluntary actions.” Brine Treatment Corporation in Franklin County, Pa. has not stopped receiving Marcellus waste altogether but is now limiting the amount of Marcellus wastewater it accepts, treats, and discharges into waterways.