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Marcellus Shale

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Activists Hold Pope-Themed Protest Against Fracking

Everything in Philadelphia seems to be pope-themed this month — even the protests. Activists dressed in homemade cassocks and mitres and held an anti-fracking demonstration near […]

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Wolf Proposes Gas-Drilling Tax

As expected — because it was one of the main planks in his winning gubernatorial campaign — Gov. Tom Wolf today formally proposed a 5 […]

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State Senators Art Haywood, Vincent Hughes Propose 8 Percent Shale Tax

Two Philadelphia-area Democrats have unveiled their plan to tax natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale. Sens. Art Haywood and Vincent Hughes announced their proposal […]

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Law Enforcement, Industry Share Info on Anti-Fracking Activists

Law enforcement and private industry groups have shared information about anti-fracking activists, StateImpact reports, raising questions whether police officers have been used to intimidate those […]


Sunoco Announces $2.5B Pennsylvania Pipeline Project

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. announced today a $2.5 billion pipeline that will transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale to the Marcus Hook plant […]

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What Governor Tom Wolf Means for Philadelphia

Four years of Tom Corbett have, to put it mildly, been rough on Philadelphia. Chaos in the state-managed and largely state-funded school district. Cuts to […]

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Corbett Says Natural Gas Tax May Be in Future

After years of resisting a tax on natural gas production in the state, Gov. Tom Corbett now says a tax is an option. He does, […]

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Kathleen Kane, Exxon Face Off Over Fracking

The Wall Street Journal reports that Exxon is pushing back hard against pollution charges — stemming from a 2010 spill — by saying that Pennsylvania […]

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Tom Corbett, Tom Wolf Talk Environment in First Joint Appearance

Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, appeared together Wednesday night for the first time — at a Philadelphia dinner for the Pennsylvania […]

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Want to Be Governor of Pennsylvania? Steal This Idea from Alaska.

Hey Allyson Schwartz, if you want to break through and guarantee that you win the Democratic nomination to run for governor, have I got an […]

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Republicans Join Call for Marcellus Tax

ABC27 in Harrisburg reports that Republicans are increasingly joining Democrats in calling for a tax on drilling in the Marcellus shale. But Wednesday, a handful […]

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In Western PA, Drillers Can Drink Your Milkshake

The New York Times reports that holdouts against gas drilling in the Western Pennsylvania’s Utica Shale may find themselves being drilled anyway: Since surrounding property […]

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Philly Benefits From Energy Boom. But Is It Safe?

A series of stories today that paint a big and complex picture: Philadelphia is benefitting from an “energy boom”—refineries in danger of being shuttered a […]

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Corbett Wants Investigation Into Company That Helped Him Win Election

StateImpact reports some astonishing news: Governor Corbett is calling for an investigation into allegations of fraud against Pennsylvania’s biggest natural gas driller– Chesapeake Energy. Corbett sent […]

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Marcellus Drilling Impact Report “Long Overdue”

StateImpact reports that the state of Pennsylvania has spent more than three years and $6 million to monitor how gas drilling is affecting the Marcellus Shale—but so […]