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Pennsylvania health industry pleads with gas lobby to embrace methane controls

A group representing Pennsylvania doctors, nurses and other health care professionals has sent a letter to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, requesting that it stop legal challenges and lobbying against regulations aimed at controlling drilling air emissions and safeguarding public health. The one-page letter to the shale gas drilling industry’s major Pennsylvania lobbying organization states that…

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Study finds higher methane levels as well sites decline in Marcellus in US

A new study shows that background levels of methane in Northeast Pennsylvania in the U.S. increased significantly at a time when well drilling activity decreased, pointing to leaks of natural gas during production and transportation. Researchers from Drexel University found that atmospheric levels of the potent greenhouse gas increased by 100 parts per billion between…

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IEA sees big increase in US shale oil as prices rise

Increases in the price of oil will trigger a “significant” increase in U.S. shale output as OPEC and other producers rein in supply, according to the head of the International Energy Agency. “U.S. shale-oil production will definitely react strongly,” Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a Bloomberg Television interview in Davos, Switzerland. At $56 to $57…

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