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Marcellus info to be provided by online tool


A new online mapping tool promises to make it simpler for residents in areas with Marcellus Shale activity to see facilities near them, report pollution incidents and file complaints about site activity. It will also help ensure accountability for the state agencies responsible for rectifying mishaps, developers of the digital mapping system said. The newly unveiled shale infrastructure map from ...

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US taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns

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NEW YORK, Dec 15 – For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. In at least a handful of places, the public is also helping fund it. States and the federal government have handed ...

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Shale gas report due date debate

ALBANY — The end-of-the-year due date for the completion of the Health Department’s report on the potential impacts of hydrofracking isn’t Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deadline. Clarifying what the governor said in last week’s gubernatorial debate, his office on Tuesday said that acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker was the one who determined the timeline for the submission of his agency’s work ...

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Fracking-related traffic deaths a growing concern

Two Pennsylvania legislators are calling for a summit on truck safety after a string of traffic accidents involving vehicles related to Marcellus Shale production, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. Sen. Tim Solobay and Rep. Pam Snyder say they’ve been hearing an increasing amount of complaints about trucks travelling back and forth from drilling sites. Although truck safety has been ...

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Researchers examining fracking and in utero health risks

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Preliminary studies examining the potential health risks for children born near oil and gas wells has shown that there is reason for concern, but further study is still needed, according to a recent report from Bloomberg News. The hydraulic fracturing process involves pumping millions of gallons of chemical-laced water deep underground. Information regarding how ...

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Lawmaker: Texas to send 1,000 guardsmen to border

Christopher Sherman | The Associated Press McALLEN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a vocal critic of the White House’s response to the surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally, plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico border, a local lawmaker confirmed Monday. Perry, who has not said whether he will seek ...

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Militia groups plan to patrol border

Kolten Parker | The  San Antonio Express-News Several anti-government groups — many of which participated in the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch — are recruiting armed volunteers to travel to the Texas-Mexico border as a citizen militia to participate in “Operation Secure Our Border,” which aims to stop the surge of immigrants into the country. The groups, which identify themselves ...

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North Dakota discloses oil train shipment details

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of mile-long trains loaded with crude are leaving western North Dakota each week, with most shipments going through the state’s most populous county while en route to refineries across the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered railroads last month to give state officials specifics on oil train routes and volumes so emergency responders can ...

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BNSF ticketed for traffic delays

BENSON, Minn.(A.P) — Increased oil production in North Dakota and Canada means more train traffic across Minnesota. That’s causing traffic tie-ups and safety concerns in some cities. In the Swift County community of Benson, traffic delays became so frustrating that police have started issuing tickets to Burlington Northern Santa Fe for blocking city streets longer than allowed by state law, ...

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