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The Illusion of Environmental Protection: Permitting Longwall Coal Mines in Pennsylvania — a Summary

Schmid & Co. for the Greene County Watershed Alliance http://www.greenewatersheds.org/uploads/Summary_ILLUSION_of_Environmental_Protection.pdf [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] Pennsylvania’s review and permitting of new longwall coal mining operations is based on incomplete application data and as a result doesn’‍t protect the state’s water resources and air quality, according to a report released today by the Citizens Coal Council… [The report] uses as a … Continue reading

Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Water Sources and Demand Study: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

Golder Associates Inc. for the Western Energy Alliance http://www.westernenergyalliance.org/sites/default/files/WesternWaterUseStudy.pdf [From an E&E News PM article by Phil Taylor, sub. req'd]  The oil and gas industry uses little water compared to farms, power plants and other users in the West, according to a report released today by the Western Energy Alliance… While comparisons are difficult — Montana, … Continue reading

The Adverse Impact of Banning Hydraulic Fracturing in the City of Denton on Business Activity and Tax Receipts in the City and State

The Perryman Group for the Denton Chamber of Commerce http://energyindepth.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Perryman-Denton-Fracking-Ban-Impact.pdf [Fort Worth Star Telegram]  …Banning hydraulic fracturing in Denton would cause potential losses of $251.4 million in economic activity in the city over 10 years and more than 2,000 jobs, according to an economic impact study conducted by The Perryman Group in Waco being released … Continue reading

Impact Analysis of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative [in Western Maryland]

Towson University for the Maryland Dept. for the Environment http://bit.ly/1pWYOZE [Energy in Depth]  A study recently released by the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University shows shale development will provide many benefits for western Maryland.  With the Marcellus Shale lying beneath parts of western Maryland, the report specifically looked at how two counties – … Continue reading

Marcellus Shale Public Health Study — Final Progress Report [Presentation at Garrett College, McHenry MD]

Univ. of Maryland, School of Public Health, Institute for Applied Environmental Health for the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources and Dept. for the Environment http://bit.ly/1qRkVlB [Overview of the Public Health Study]  On June 6, 2011, Governor O’Malley issued Executive Order (E.O.) 01.01.2011.11, which established the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative.  The purpose of the Initiative … Continue reading

NY Court of Appeal’s Decision in Case of Home Rule for Fracking

NY State Court of Appeals https://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/Decisions/2014/Jun14/130-131opn14-Decision.pdf [Ithaca Times]  New York State’s highest court handed the town of Dryden a victory in its precedent-setting case versus Norse Energy Co., in which the gas and oil industry challenged Dryden’s zoning law banning heavy industry within the borders of the town. The case pitted this upstate town of … Continue reading

Resiliency Through Microgrids: Task Force Report

Maryland Energy Administration http://energy.maryland.gov/documents/MarylandResiliencyThroughMicrogridsTaskForceReport_000.pdf [From a Climate Wire article by Julia Pyper, sub. req'd] Two years ago this week, a fierce, fast-moving thunderstorm system known as a derecho ripped through the Mid-Atlantic leaving more than 1 million of Maryland’s 2.5 million electricity customers without power. In the aftermath of the storm, the state stepped up … Continue reading

Hundreds of Thousands of Abandoned Wells in Pennsylvania May be Leaking Methane — Study

CO2, Methane, and Brine Leakage Through Subsurface Pathways: Exploring Modeling, Measurement, and Policy Options Princeton University (dissertation) / by Mary Kang http://dataspace.princeton.edu/jspui/handle/88435/dsp019s1616326 (use “view/download” button at bottom) [The Guardian] A study of abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania finds that the hundreds of thousands of such wells in the state may be leaking methane, … Continue reading

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Management, Disposal, and Reuse of Frac Flowback Waters: Views from the Public in the Marcellus Shale

Energy Research and Social Science (June 2014, v 2, p66-74; DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.04.007) / By Gene L. Theodori, et al. sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629614000401 [From an Energy Wire article by Nathaniel Gronewold, sub. req'd]  … people living in the counties hosting the most Marcellus [Shale] drilling activity report roughly equal amounts of familiarity and unfamiliarity with the process of … Continue reading