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Where Fracking Waste Spills, Concern for Groundwater

A gas company recently got slapped with a record fine after fracking wastewater leaked out of storage ponds in Pennsylvania. What’s in this wastewater, and what happens when it gets on the ground? Communities around drill sites and scientists are asking those questions.

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Shale, Public Health Focus of Conference in Pgh

“Shale Drilling and Public Health: Days of Discovery" runs Oct. 26-27. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is sponsoring this conference in Pittsburgh. 

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Air Pollution and Autism Connected in Pitt Research

Researchers think they’ve found a link between prenatal and early childhood exposure to air pollution and autism. The University of Pittsburgh study's findings are considered preliminary.

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Climate Marchers Converge with Local Fracking Activists

In Washington, D.C., next month, environmentalists with the Great March for Climate Action, who've made their way across the country, are planning to pressure the Obama administration to stop using fossil fuels. The protesters just came through Ohio and Pennsylvania, and met up with local fracking activists.

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Turning Frack Water into Profit Proves a Challenge

The oil and gas industry produces a high volume of very dirty water.  It goes by various names—flowback, produced water, or brine. That water has to go somewhere, like down an injection well. But a lot of businesses think they have the technology to actually clean it up. That’s a bigger task than it might seem and some doubt whether cleaning up frack water will ever be a moneymaker.

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Shale Boom Invigorates Philadelphia Oil Industry

The Valley Forge Toll Plaza is where Route 76 splits from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and becomes the Schuylkill Expressway to Philadelpia. It's one of the busiest turnpike interchanges with more than 60,000 cars passing through every day. And there's a good chance the gasoline those cars are running on was made at the 148-year-old oil refinery in South Philadelphia.

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The Case for National or Regional Carbon Trading

When it comes to carbon trading, China and Europe are ahead of America. The International Emissions Trading Association's CEO Dirk Forrister talks about why he thinks the U.S. and states need to start leading on joining together to combat climate change.

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PA Governor Final Debate: Candidates Differ on Environment and Fracking

The candidates for governor of Pennsylvania met for their third and last scheduled debate, televised live from Pittsburgh. The two clashed over Marcellus shale drilling, and whether the state is doing enough to protect the environment. 

 

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PA Governor Candidates on CO2 Cap and Trade

When Pennsylvanians elect a governor in November, they will, in part, be making a choice over how the state should move toward complying with new EPA rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants. One way is by joining with other states in a cap and trade program.

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DEP Seeks Record Fine Against Gas Driller as AG Files Criminal Charges

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against gas driller EQT Corporation for a major pollution incident.

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