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"Study: High Levels of Pollutants From Drilling Waste Found in Pa. Rivers"

"New scientific sampling and analysis has found high concentrations of ammonium and iodide, two potentially hazardous pollutants, in oil and gas well drilling wastewater discharged into streams and rivers in Pennsylvania and other states."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 01/15/2015

"Report Outlines W.Va.’s Chemical Leak Missteps"

"In its most frank assessment since last year’s leak at Freedom Industries, the Tomblin administration said Friday that West Virginia had inadequate environmental regulations to prevent such an incident and lacked sufficient training and planning to respond once toxic chemicals had contaminated the Kanawha Valley’s regional water supply."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/12/2015

"6 Freedom Owners, Managers, Employees Charged; Company Takes Plea Deal"

"Federal prosecutors charged Freedom Industries and six of its owners, managers and employees with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act related to the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people in Charleston and surrounding communities."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 12/18/2014
January 23, 2015

The Year Ahead in Energy and the Environment: Stories to Watch in 2015

For the third year in a row, the Society of Environmental Journalists will hold a public discussion at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC. The event will run from 3:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a reception. SEJ Board President Jeff Burnside will introduce leading reporters and editors, who will offer their predictions on the critical energy and environmental stories that will shape 2015. The event will also be webcast live at www.wilsoncenter.org

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