Pennsylvania among worst states in nation in outdoor economic value, says study

Pennsylvania has more than 300,000 acres of state parks, but a new study from Outdoorsy shows the Keystone State is one of the lowest performers in terms of how much outdoor recreation contributes to the state's economy.

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Reports highlight how to repair the Appalachian economy without relying on fracking

In the wake of the Great Recession, natural gas seemed like a viable foundation for economic recovery in Pennsylvania and the greater Appalachia region, which has abundant natural gas reserves.


DEP to require landfills to test for radioactivity from fracking waste

Leachate is tested for dozens of potential pollutants. But until now, landfills haven’t had to test it for radium, a radioactive material common in oil and gas waste.  

In boost for environmental rights, Supreme Court rules drilling revenue from state forests must be used for conservation

The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation has been fighting for years to keep hundreds of millions of dollars generated by oil and gas leases in state forests from going into the state’s general fund.

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.

Whistleblowers say 'bad seeds' undermine pipeline safety

Two former inspectors say they were "run off" after flagging problems on an ethane pipeline near Pittsburgh. Their claims highlight builders' control over safety checks.

Pennsylvania regulators propose new pipeline rules where industry says none are needed

The proposed rules don’t follow industry recommendations but also don’t go as far as some environmental and citizen groups requested.
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'Forever' chemicals could contaminate New Mexico water via fracking

A new report contended an industrial water pollutant could be in fluid used for hydraulic fracturing as the State of New Mexico made the case the chemical should be considered hazardous waste by the federal government.


Editorial: Fracking’s use of EPA-approved chemicals shows again that regulators prioritize industry over health

The EPA, in prioritizing industry over its mandate to protect the environment, has infringed on Pennsylvania’s right to pure water and our health and safety.

Chicago’s big climate problem

Chicago's drainage system depends on the relatively steady level of Lake Michigan, and there are signs that climate change is leading to unprecedented swings.


California oil lobby seeks to strip environmental protections for groundwater amid drought

The move could make it harder for landowners to sue companies that pollute water tables.

EPA-approved fracking chemicals include substances that form ‘forever chemicals’

Companies that drill for natural gas in Pennsylvania have used EPA-approved PFAS or pre-cursors to PFAS in fracking operations in other states, according to a report by Physicians for Social Responsibility.


EPA approved toxic chemicals for fracking a decade ago, new files show

The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.
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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors

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