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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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Marcellus Life: One Greene County Man’s Encounter with a Landman

Leigh Shields refused to allow seismic testing for natural gas on his 88 acres in Spraggs, Greene County. He thought if he said no to the company asking, that would be the end of it.

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DEP Secretary Abruzzo Resigns Over Explicit E-mails

The head of the state Department of Environmental Protection is leaving his post. Chris Abruzzo’s resignation comes after the state attorney general named him in a group of eight current and former state employees who exchanged sexually explicit e-mails on state computers.

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Final Hurdle Cleared for Marcellus Gas Exports

A federal regulatory agency has put the final stamp of approval on a plan to ship Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas overseas. The decision clears the way for construction to begin converting a former import terminal in the Chesapeake Bay to export liquefied natural gas.

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