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02.19.13

Geisinger gets $1 million grant for Marcellus health research

Geisinger Health System has received a $1 million grant from a Sunbury foundation to help it underwrite its study into the potential health impact of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. "Geisinger's research into the health impacts of natural gas drilling fits perfectly with our mission and we are proud to support this important initiative," said Michael Apfelbaum, co-trustee of the Degenstein Foundation.

 

02.19.13

Protesters block pipeline access gate

Two protesters locked arms through a gate in Pike County on Monday to stall work on a controversial natural gas pipeline project that environmental groups have failed to stop through legal appeals. The gate in the Delaware State Forest in Milford Township is being used by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. crews to cut trees along a right of way for a pipeline expansion known as the Northeast Upgrade Project. Tennessee Gas is constructing five loops totalling nearly 41 miles of 30-inch pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to increase capacity largely along an existing line so it can move gas produced from the Marcellus Shale to market.

 

02.19.13

Questions abound on Seitel seismic testing

When South Heights Council President Bob Schmetzer started getting calls from Aliquippa and Hopewell Township residents asking about a company named Seitel Data Ltd. that wanted to conduct 3D seismic survey on their land, he didn't know much about it. Then he got a letter of his own.

 

02.19.13

Blackhawk developing Marcellus curriculum

The Blackhawk School District has probably never sent its foreign language teachers to Europe or its world history faculty to Machu Picchu, but district educators have visited Washington County. Teachers explored a Chesapeake Appalachia drilling site in October as part of their training for a Marcellus shale/natural gas classroom initiative.

 

02.18.13

Trucks fueled by natural gas are on a roll in Florida

Truck driver Michael Soto has a front-row seat for a phenomenon that's changing America. You just might not hear him coming.

 

02.15.13

UGI Energy Services plans spring West Wyoming pipeline extenstion

Although it's related to the stalled compressor station project in West Wyoming, a new natural gas facility planned for the borough is a separate entity, UGI officials say. Starting this spring, UGI Energy Services will begin constructing its Auburn Line extension, which involves running about 28 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline from an existing natural gas facility in Washington Township, Wyoming County, to connect to the Transco interstate pipeline in West Wyoming.

 

02.15.13

Federal charges filed in Youngstown brine dumping incident

Federal charges were filed against the man accused of dumping more than a quarter million gallons of fracking wastewater and drilling mud into the Mahoning River Watershed, officials announced Thursday. "Today a criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court charging Ben Lupo with violating the Clean Water Act," said U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach at a press conference Thursday along the Mahoning River in Youngstown, Ohio.

 

02.15.13

Mansfield distributes Act 13 monies, donates to regional water task force

Borough council decided to distribute monies it received through the state's Act 13 natural gas impact fee and also decided to donate $5,000 from the general fund to the regional water task force's search for a new water source during its meeting Wednesday.

 

02.15.13

Chambersburg gets grant to build compressed natural gas station

The Borough of Chambersburg has been awarded a state grant to help build a compressed natural gas fueling station. The Redevelopment Assistance Capitalization Program Grant worth $500,000 was awarded to the borough to assist in the construction of the compressed natural gas, or CNG, fueling station at a site the borough is leasing near the intersection of Wayne Avenue (Pa. 316) and Interstate 81, according to a news release from the borough.

 

02.14.13

Senate Environmental Committee approves two bills

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), approved two bills on Tuesday. The first, Senate Bill 411, would limit the treatment liability of entities that choose to utilize acid mine water (AMD) for hydraulic fracturing of oil/gas wells, or other industrial uses.