Fracking shows why scientists should shape environmental policy

The case of fracking in Pennsylvania shows that if experts and fossil fuel industry leaders can cooperate, innovation is possible.
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Kelly and Schafft: Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school district finances

In total, school districts where unconventional drilling had taken place had $1,550.50 less per pupil in 2015 dollars, relative to otherwise similar districts that did not have unconventional drilling.
Plastic Pollution

Ohio group worried about water pollution from ethane cracker gets state meeting, but little action

The group is concerned that plastic pellets from a proposed cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio will pollute the Ohio River.

These Southwestern Pa. reps who support fracking have direct sources of income from fracking companies

Though natural-gas drilling, aka fracking, only really started in Pennsylvania about 10 years ago, it has gained a political hold on Pennsylvania that any industry would envy.
Plastic Pollution

Bill potentially allocating billions in subsidies to future petrochemical facilities clears Pa. legislature

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue estimates that the tax credit program will cost the state approximately $22 million per plant per year, until 2050.

Pa. Supreme Court preserves 'rule of capture' for fracking

Under the rule of capture, oil and gas in deep reservoirs belongs to whoever pulls it from a well on his own property first.

Beyond fracking: Oil-and-gas industry's toxic waste is radioactive

Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America.

Health concerns driving force behind Scenery Hill mom's environmental tours

The tours are open to the public and consist of tours near properties that have well sites, compressor stations and other natural gas activities.

Liquefied natural gas can now ship to N.J. by train, despite explosion concerns

The Trump administration has approved the shipment of liquified natural gas from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to a port on the Delaware River in South Jersey.

Commonwealth Court upholds Penn Township fracking rules

Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court upheld a ruling that will allow gas well fracking to continue in Penn Township.


After decades of fracking, we finally know how the fluid spreads underground

Given how profound an effect fracking has had on the U.S. economically, it can come as a shock to discover how little we know about it.

GOP begins moving priority, pro-natural gas package

House Republicans are re-launching one of their biggest initiatives for the legislative session: a package of energy-focused bills aimed at coaxing new businesses into Pennsylvania.

Gov. Wolf touted near-majority backing for his infrastructure plan in June. Environmental advocates are trying to chip away at that support

In June, Gov. Tom Wolf trumpeted near-majority support in the General Assembly for his Restore Pennsylvania plan, a $4.5 billion, four-year infrastructure investment spree funded by 20 years' worth of natural gas tax-backed bonds.

Toby Rice wins control of EQT after proxy battle

Less than two years after selling their company to EQT, the Rice brothers are back and in charge.

Fracking in Ohio series: How Ohio compares to Pennsylvania for oversight of gas industry

An Ohio law and environment professor said that in some ways, Pennsylvania is better than Ohio in terms of regulating the industry.
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