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4 in 10 higher-risk wells aren’t inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. (AP) - Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an Associated Press ...

Pa. court weighs gas drilling rules

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Pennsylvania appeals court appeared skeptical of gas drilling rules that would limit what "trade secrets" the industry must share after a spill.The Commonwealth Court also heard arguments Wednesday on whether doctors treating an ill patient should have to keep information ...

Projects to be paid for with $724K in gas impact fees

Revenue from natural gas impact fees will be poured into streetscape improvements around the Memorial Homes housing complex and Reach Road at the city's industrial park.A combined $750,000 in gas impact fees' projects were approved by City Council Thursday night, including financial assistance ...

Pennsylvania Senate passes bills to protect royalty owners

A trio of bills expanding the rights of landowners who are leased with natural gas companies passed the state Senate with an overwhelming majority this week. It awaits a House vote.State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, sponsored the Oil and Gas Lease Protection Package and said royalty ...

Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.A state investigation of ...

Everett, Baker support gas royalty bill

Landowners leased with natural gas companies aren't getting nearly the royalties they thought they would due to exorbitant post-production fees, and Chesapeake Energy Co. seems to be the biggest player in the alleged malpractice, said state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy.Thus, Everett, state Rep. ...

3 dead in NYC gas explosion

NEW YORK - A gas leak triggered an earthshaking explosion that flattened two apartment buildings on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing. A tenant said residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about "unbearable" gas smells.By ...

A closer look: Pa. Supreme Court decision on fracking

The state Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional certain provisions of Act 13, the state natural gas drilling law. While only a handful of provisions were struck down, the impact could be far-reaching, according to Penn State Dickinson School of Law professor Ross Pifer."Is the rest ...

Judge reviews evidence on alleged pollution by gas driller; no decision made

A natural gas company accused of allegedly polluting a stream in Penn Township with fracking water in November 2010 had a preliminary hearing Wednesday before Lycoming County District Judge James G. Carn, but the judge opted to take some time to review the evidence.XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary ...

Hydrogeologist: Wells won’t go dry if water withdrawal center opens

Well water surrounding a proposed water withdrawal site in Old Lycoming Township will not be adversely impacted now or in the future, experts said Wednesday night.About 35 Old Lycoming Township residents turned out for the fifth meeting of a public hearing focusing on whether a water withdrawal ...

New surgical knife can instantly detect cancer

LONDON - Surgeons may have a new way to smoke out cancer.An experimental surgical knife can help surgeons make sure they've removed all the cancerous tissue, doctors reported Wednesday. Surgeons typically use knives that vaporize tumors as they cut, producing a sharp-smelling smoke. The new ...

DRILLING FOR THE TRUTH

Wednesday night, the anti-gas film "Gasland II" screened in front of an audience of 625 people. "FrackNation," a pro-gas film which showed simultaneously, only had 17 people in attendance."A lot of people already saw 'FrackNation' so they're over at 'Gasland' tonight," Nicole Jacobs, of ...

What’s on your mind?

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette asks somebody in the area, "What's on your mind?" If you have a topic you would like to share, contact us at news@sungazette.com.)John Nicholson, 27, of Williamsport, recently decided to head outside to enjoy the warm spring weather. He and a friend ...

LEGISLATIVE TALLY

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:Federal The Senate passed Senate Bill 743 by a vote of 69-27. It would allow for a nationwide Internet sales tax. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionzville, voted against; Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted in favor. The ...

Under control

DUSHORE - The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources went ahead with a closed-door meeting with invited "stakeholders" Thursday at its district offices here about proposed natural gas drilling on thousands of acres of land in the Loyalsock State Forest situated in Lycoming ...

Closed-door meeting set on Rock Run natural gas drilling

A meeting being held Thursday by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources about natural gas drilling in Loyalsock State Forest is being kept closed to the general public and media.Only certain elected officials and a pair of environmental groups are being invited to ...

Rock Run drilling still a big question

RALSTON - Drilling for natural gas in the Rock Run area of McIntyre Township still may happen.Then again, maybe not.Anadarko Petroleum officials have not denied they have considered gas development in Loyalsock State Forest.And state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials ...

Water withdrawal plans put on hold in Old Lycoming Township

Plans to withdraw 250,000 gallons a day from a well in Old Lycoming Township to supply the natural gas drilling industry have been put on hold - at least for now.A conditional-use hearing scheduled by township supervisors Wednesday night at the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Co. was ...

Crowd packs fire hall to vent about gas drilling effects

HUGHESVILLE - On Thursday, the last of four town hall meetings hosted by state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, at the beginning of the new legislative session brought out the most constituents.It also was one of the more vocal groups he encountered.Everett, who represents the 84th Legislative ...