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Environmental and climate change impacts of Shale Gas

Strongly recommended reading. Good description of the shale gas process, as well as a couple specific environmental analysis. They ignore the "fugitive emissions" issue, but conclude the gas would have relatively little impact on greenhouse gas emissions in countries that have a cap on emissions, and would likely increase greenhouse gas emissions in countries without a carbon cap. Gas would NOT substitute for coal, but would merely be added to existing emissions.

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Drilling fees may rise sharply

Jan. 11--CHARLESTON -- An increase in permit fees -- more than 20 times current rates -- could help employ more Marcellus Shale drilling inspectors if components of a joint interim subcommittee bill become law.

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Marcellus Shale Drilling Draft Bill passed through Judiciary Subcommittee A

The Marcellus Shale Drilling Draft Bill passed Judiciary Subcommittee A today. This is terrific news, but it still has a long way to go. A big thanks to everyone who made a phone call or sent an email!

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Drilling reforms expected to get legislative attention

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Oil and gas lobbyists and environmental groups are both offering cautious reactions to a Department of Environmental Protection proposal for a wholesale rewrite of the way West Virginia regulates drilling operations across the state. Citizen groups are hoping to persuade lawmakers to strengthen the legislation, while industry officials are still suffering "sticker shock" from a permit fee increase intended to help pay for improved regulation of their operations.

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Geothermal power in WV?

An important discovery targets WV as a great source for geothermal energy. This energy is deep down, even deeper than the Marcellus Shale, and will require using the same drilling equipment.

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Independent Report Faults Clearfield County Gas Well Operators for June 3 Blowout

DEP Outlines Proper Procedures for all Marcellus Drilling Firms DEP Secretary Says Blowout 'Could Have Been a Catastrophic Incident'

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EPA Announces “Eyes on Drilling” Tipline

Release date: 01/27/2010 Contact Information: David Sternberg (215) 814-5548 PHILADELPHIA (January 26, 2010) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the creation of the “Eyes on Drilling” tipline for citizens to report non-emergency suspicious activity related to oil and natural gas development.

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