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Pennsylvania Blocks Report Criticizing Shale Gas

Under law, Pennsylvania was supposed to publish a report outlining climate change impacts on the state by Spring 2012. But the Department of Environmental Protection says it is still being reviewed, and nobody will say when it might be published.

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Pennsylvania: "Sewage Spills Continue Despite EPA Order"

"When a powerful storm unleashed 2 inches of rain on Allentown over six hours last summer, that water didn't just saturate lawns, flood roads and dampen basements. It also filled storm sewers with cascading water that blew the tops off manholes along the bloated sewage collection system."

Source: Allentown Morning Call, 09/10/2013

USFS Set To Decide on Fracking In George Washington National Forest

"George Washington National Forest is more than just one of the largest expanses of pristine land in the East. It’s the leafy cradle of the Shenandoah, James and Potomac rivers, a source of drinking water for millions of people in greater Washington."

Source: Wash Post, 09/09/2013

Baltimore: "Harbor Point Project Stirs Environmental Concerns"

"While the Harbor Point project's millions in public financing have dominated debate in Baltimore this summer, a carcinogen buried beneath the proposed waterfront development has sparked concerns about the safety of neighboring residents and the people who will work at the site in Fells Point."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 09/02/2013

Fracking Health Project Suggests Air Pollution May Be Bigger Concern"

"PITTSBURGH -- A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim."

Source: AP, 08/26/2013

PA: "Public Aids Crackdown on Gas Plant in Chartiers"

"Residents have complained for years about thick black smoke and possible pollution coming from the MarkWest gas plant in Chartiers. But the state Department of Environmental Protection said it couldn't take action because it had no evidence. On Tuesday, the department said it had the goods."

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 08/21/2013

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