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Coal Slurry Database May Help Reporters Find Problem Impoundments

A fatal November 30, 2012, collapse of part of a coal-slurry impoundment in West Virginia served as a reminder of safety issues that may not be adequately regulated in some states and localities. You can locate local coal-slurry impoundments and information on their status with an online public database.

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Pennsylvania Newspapers Get Break in Fracking Disclosure Case

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was joined by the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter in a suit to unseal records of the July 2011 settlement of a case in which a family had sued four natural gas companies over damages they claimed were caused by hydraulic fracturing. The appeals court said a lower court had erred in throwing out the newspapers' case.

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"Harrison County Impoundment Had Previous Problems, Records Show"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Details began to emerge Wednesday of previous problems at a Harrison County coal-slurry impoundment, as CONSOL Energy continued its efforts to locate a coal miner missing and presumed dead following last week's collapse of an embankment at the facility."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 12/06/2012
February 1, 2017

DEADLINE: AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

The journal Science offers a 10-week, paid summer internship for undergraduate students who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. The internship is intended to increase diversity among journalists who cover science. Deadline: Feb 1, 2017.

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December 6, 2012

Election 2012 – 30 Days Later: What Happened and What's Next

Thirty days after the 2012 election, join Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and the Public Affairs Council in DC to hear about "what happened and what's next" from four leading national journalists covering the energy and environment, economy and business, health and technology sectors. 8 to 10 a.m. EST. Free event but RSVP required by November 30th.

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"Study Finds Lower Bromide Levels in Mon, But Not in Allegheny"

"Salty bromide concentrations in the Monongahela River, which had risen in 2009 and 2010 due, at least in part, to discharges of Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater by sewage treatment plants, returned to normal levels in 2011 and this year, according to a Carnegie Mellon University river monitoring study."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/13/2012

"Pennsylvania Report Left Out Data on Poisons in Water Near Gas Site"

"PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania officials reported incomplete test results that omitted data on some toxic metals that were found in drinking water taken from a private well near a natural gas drilling site, according to legal documents released this week."

Source: NY Times, 11/05/2012

"State Representative Calls for Probe Of DEP Water Testing Reports

"The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has created incomplete lab reports and used them to dismiss complaints that Marcellus Shale gas development operations have contaminated residential water supplies and made people sick, according to court documents and other sources."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/02/2012

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