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Consolidating infrastructure can ease shale gas threat to US forests

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians in the U.S. —driven by pipeline and access road construction—is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat. Expansive tracts of continuous forest provide critical habitat for some species of…

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UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells

Only a quarter of the shale gas contained in one of the UK’s largest reserves might be recoverable because of limited space to develop the wells needed to extract it, according to new research. Researchers from the ReFINE (Research Fracking in Europe) consortium looked at the impact of existing and immovable infrastructure – such as buildings, roads…

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US opponents of fracking along Delaware River in US reemerge despite doubts over economics

Defenders of a longstanding de-facto moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin say there are gathering signs of a renewed push to allow natural gas production by the industry and its allies. Environmental groups including Delaware Riverkeeper Network say officials from the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is composed of representatives from…

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Fast growth, capacity on track for northeast US shale gas pipelines

A surge in pipeline capacity for natural gas in the U.S. Northeast this year and next is expected to boost profits for producers and help hold down prices for Midwest and East Coast buyers. The $13.8 billion infrastructure build-out involves seven large pipeline proposals that will take gas in all directions. Producers in the Marcellus…

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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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Scotland Govt Report: Inadequate evidence on shale risk to public health

A report commissioned by the Scottish Government to help determine its position on fracking has found there is “inadequate” evidence to determine whether shale oil and gas extraction would pose a risk to public health. The Government commissioned six reports into different effects of introducing onshore unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) in Scotland. But…

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