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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)
Originals

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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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

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.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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