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Natural gas processor to pay nearly $7M to settle pollution violations

The region's biggest natural gas processor, MPLX LP, will spend almost $7 million to settle federal and state air pollution violations at three of its gas processing facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio and reduce emissions at 18 more plants in five other states.

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Fracking chemicals dumped in the Allegheny River a decade ago are still showing up in mussels: Study

Chemicals from fracking wastewater dumped into Pennsylvania's Allegheny River before 2011 are still accumulating in the bodies of freshwater mussels downstream, according to a new study.

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Super-fine frack sand swirls in Stowe, and health concerns grow

Fugitive emissions of fine-as-flour “frack sand” drifting into streets, sidewalks and neighborhoods in Stowe raise health concerns.
Marcellus shale gas well. (Credit: WCN 24/7/Flickr)
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Study: Pennsylvanians who live near fracking are more likely to be depressed

People who live near unconventional natural gas operations such as fracking are more likely to experience depression, according to a new study.

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Fracking may alter fat cells: Study

Chemicals released by fracking may increase the size and amount of fat cells, even at low concentrations often released into the environment, according to a new study released today.

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New industry opposition group hammers PA governor's fracking-health record

A coalition of anti-fracking groups says Gov. Tom Wolf should pay more attention to the health impacts of fracking.

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