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Injection wells exist to hold fracking wastewater — but the water can move. Here’s how

If the chemical-laced water reaches the surface, it can cause problems. One expert says it would be hard to totally prevent that from happening.
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Why frack wastewater injected underground doesn't always stay there

One geologist says the landscape is like "Swiss cheese" from a century of drilling. All those wells could allow fracking wastewater to travel to the surface.
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Changes to WV storage tank law would exempt some

A change proposed to the law regulating aboveground storage tanks would exempt certain tanks used by the oil and natural gas industry if approved by the West Virginia Legislature.

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Pennsylvania: DEP settlement grants public input on shale gas wastewater permits

Negotiated agreement allows public notice and opportunity to comment on 49 proposed wastewater storage, processing and transport operations.

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How Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley could deliver for Joe Biden

A constellation of grassroots progressive organizations in the Lehigh Valley is hoping to fill the gap left by the Democratic Party.
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Ranch Energy bankruptcy finalized, 401 orphan wells dumped on B.C. for cleanup

The new oil and gas sites more than double the province's orphan well tally, bringing it to 770, as dozens of Peace region landowners now await reimbursement from the BC Oil and Gas Commission for unpaid rents.

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Will state-level environmental enforcement survive the pandemic?

Environmental agencies are struggling to balance employee safety and their enforcement duties during the coronavirus lockdown.
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DEP, CNX agree to $180K stream restoration to resolve sedimentation violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and CNX have agreed to a settlement for several erosion violations at gas drilling sites in Washington and Greene counties.

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Pennsylvania: Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill fined for excessive contaminated runoff

The Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill will pay a $24,000 fine for violations involving the improper disposal of shale gas drilling waste and contaminated liquids in 2019.

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Natural gas driller, cited by DEP for fracking wastewater spill in Lycoming County, now faces criminal charges

The discharge of approximately 63,000 gallons of treated brine water in 2017 from a natural gas well pad in Lycoming County has been attributed to a worker falling asleep twice in two days.

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Race is on to find uses for wastewater from fracking

In 2018 alone, New Mexico's share of the Permian Basin generated 42 billion gallons of oil and gas wastewater, according to the New Mexico Environment Department.

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The well next door: East Pittsburgh and North Braddock diverge on the local impact of proposed fracking

On either side of the invisible border between North Braddock and East Pittsburgh, you can see, hear and sometimes smell the Edgar Thomson Steel Works below. Residents are divided on a fracking proposal.

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1982 American Petroleum Institute report warned oil workers faced 'significant' risks from radioactivity

Back in April last year, the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency decided it was “not necessary" to update the rules for toxic waste from oil and gas wells.

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Big Oil wants to dump more wastewater into rivers. What could go wrong?

Wastewater from drilling and fracking contains hundreds of toxic chemicals, many of which are poorly understood.
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