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There are environmental impacts of natural gas drilling that need to be managed, and then there are human impacts. In February 2012 National Public Radio (NPR) reported that a group of churches in northern Tioga County opened the area's first-ever homeless shelter to feed persons displaced by the...
The Lycoming County Commissioners, assisted by the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development, convened an informational session for local legislators, municipal officials, municipal authority representatives and other stakeholders to review and discuss Act 13—Unconventional...
The Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act (Act 13) was signed into law by Governor Corbett on February 14th.  What exactly does this Act cover?  What does it mean to the people of the Commonwealth, and how will it affect municipalities?  Join Penn State Extension for  a  special webinar for...
"To frack" is an infinitive phrase meaning to break up shale rock with an ungodly high-pressure mixture of water, sand and a chemical brew that any witch would die for. "Fracking" is the gerundial or participial form, also itself sometimes shortened to "fracken" or "frackin." A "fracker" is a noun...
Along the Pine Creek Rail Trail at the south end of the Waterville Recreational Parking area are two signs (the first yellow, the second white-and-green) inviting bicyclists to a “shared” experience of Route 44 just ahead. What insanity is this? Does somebody at DCNR or PennDot have a sick sense of...
It’s the last Sunday night in January, and the winter wind howls outside my Torbert Village home along Pine Creek, while up on Route 44 the unremitting roar of Marcellus shale gas industry trucks forms a horrid, contrapuntal accompaniment. Nature here has been forced into an unholy union with the...
The Fourth Marcellus Summit will be held November 16-18 in State College Real Issues, Balanced Perspectives: The 2011 Marcellus Summit will feature topics on real issues and provide a balanced perspective on shale gas development in the Appalachian Basin. The Interstate Oil & Gas Compact...
Chief Oil & Gas is pleased to share a new video they've created to explain their approach to the natural gas development process in the Marcellus Shale. They value open and honest communications, and protecting the environment is always their top priority. Click below to learn more about how...
The End of Country, the new book (out this week) by Seamus McGraw, is the true story of the Marcellus Shale development in and around Dimock, PA.  McGraw grew up on a rocky hillside farm where his mother still lives.  When she was approached by gas company front men to lease the drilling rights to...
As this photograph of June 21 shows, the Marcellus shale gas industry trucking has incurred further north into the Pine Creek Valley beyond Waterville. These two construction trucks are headed south along Route 414 across the bridge over Pine Creek at Jersey Mills. Trucks have been traveling up and...

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