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Trespassing fracking activist wants ban lifted

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A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region asked a judge Monday for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state’s leading natural gas drillers. Vera Scroggins said the injunction, in place ...

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Natural gas vehicle conversion and purchase projects getting state aid

Companies across the state are getting help purchasing heavy-duty fleet vehicles or converting them to natural gas. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Friday awarded $7.7 million in Act 13 funding to 25 local companies and organizations making the switch, including the Beaver County-based Beemac Trucking LLC. “Act 13 not only strengthened oversight of the drilling industry, it allows ...

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DENR abandons settlement with Duke over coal ash lawsuits

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The state’s environmental regulatory agency on Friday abandoned attempts to reach a settlement in its lawsuits against Duke Energy and also announced it was calling in its federal counterpart to help force the utility to clean up coal ash pollution. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources notified a Wake County Superior Court judge Friday that it wanted to ...

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EDITORIAL: Fracking misgivings

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, or fracking, is a big deal in our area, and it will be a big deal for some time to come. Recent stories in The Free Lance-Star let both sides state their arguments. As with almost every thing else, it comes down to money. Where there’s money, there’s persis tence. Companies have been doing exploratory drilling in the ...

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