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Tag Archives: Marcellus Shale

EPA Report Points to Fracking as Possible Source of Groundwater Contamination

Posted in Environmental & Green Issues
A draft report from United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development has tentatively pointed a finger at hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") as a cause of groundwater contamination detected in a number of wells near the town of Pavillion, Wyoming. The report, which has not yet undergone outside peer review, is likely to set off alarm bells among both proponents and opponents of fracking, including those in eastern states like New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Injects Uncertainty Into Fracking Industry

Posted in Environmental & Green Issues
An 1881 deed and an 1882 Supreme Court decision formed the background for a very modern controversy recently addressed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The decision, Butler v. Estate of Powers, casts a shadow over ownership rights in natural gas contained in the Marcellus Shale formation, and has left many companies in the "fracking" industry uncertain about what they own… Continue Reading
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