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As Oil Plunges Further, Why It Might Be ‘Game Over’ For The Fracking Boom
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As Oil Plunges Further, Why It Might Be ‘Game Over’ For The Fracking Boom

NEW YORK, NY — “The price of oil fell some more on Tuesday, down as low as $75.84 before closing at $77 a barrel. The decline is blamed on Saudi Arabia cutting prices rather than cutting output amid signs of global glut. That’s discouraging to America’s highly leveraged drillers, who had […]

Child’s drawing for the PUCO
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Child’s drawing for the PUCO

In this 15 July 2014 file photo, anti-fracking protesters hold a campaign sign outside city hall, in Denton, Texas. Photograph: Tony Gutierrez/AP
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Birthplace of America’s fracking boom votes to ban practice

DENTON, TX — “The Texas town where America’s oil and natural gas boom began has voted to ban fracking, in a stunning rebuke to the industry. Denton, a college town on the edge of the Barnett Shale, voted by 59% to ban fracking inside the city limits, a first for […]

The Lucas family has three wishes: 1.Clean Air 2. updated technology 3. Help from FirstEnergy
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Dear PUCO: A family’s three wishes

Rotten odors rouse citizen sleuths in Pennsylvania gas patch
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Rotten odors rouse citizen sleuths in Pennsylvania gas patch

SUSQUEHANNA CO, PA — “[Rebecca] Roter became interested in air monitoring during a warm summer three years ago, when the air in her neighborhood filled with an incredible stench. ‘It was like burned rice and plastic,’ she said. She followed the stink to a natural gas compressor station in Lathrop, […]

Pennsylvania Congressman launches frack waste investigation as concern rises
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Pennsylvania Congressman launches frack waste investigation as concern rises

WASHINGTON, DC —”In a reflection of growing national concern about the disposal of oil and gas waste, a Pennsylvania congressman launched an investigation Wednesday into the way his state regulates the discarding of the unwanted, often toxic material. Rep. Matthew Cartwright, a first-term Democrat from eastern Pennsylvania, wants to know […]

GRID WARS: The battle to control your electricity
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GRID WARS: The battle to control your electricity

WASHINGTON, DC — “Rarely has a major U.S. industry reached a crossroads as stark as that facing today’s electric utilities. EPA’s recent proposal for regulating carbon emissions from power plants is just one part of a broader trend, as the century-old model of centralized fossil fuel burning electricity generation moves […]

Advocates keeping close watch on Ohio energy committee
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Advocates keeping close watch on Ohio energy committee

COLUMBUS — “Upcoming meetings of Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee will be open to the public, but the extent to which the public will have a voice in the proceedings remains to be seen. …the Ohio Secretary of State’s online records and Project Vote Smart show that Ohio utilities and […]

Eastern Ohio pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire
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Eastern Ohio pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire

MONROE COUNTY— “A pipeline carrying condensate, a toxic substance produced during natural gas and oil processing, caught fire in eastern Ohio early this morning. It burned several acres of Monroe County woodland before the pipeline pressure dropped low enough for the fire to burn itself out. No one was injured, […]

EPA quietly revamps policy for alleged major air polluters, ends ‘watch list’
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EPA quietly revamps policy for alleged major air polluters, ends ‘watch list’

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. EPA scrapped a system to track facilities that have chronically polluted the air, water and soil and overhauled the way it handles alleged air polluters, according to previously unreleased documents obtained by SNL Energy. The overhaul targeted a 1998 policy that established the designation of […]