Lingonier, PA Introduces Draft Fracking Zoning Ordinance

Residents of Lingonier, Pennsylvania spoke out against a draft zoning ordinance that would allow fracking to take place in the town’s agricultural zones. The ordinance and zoning map are under review by the town’s planning commission, whose members did not comment on the draft plan when it was introduced at a December 16 meeting, according… More »

Study: Dangerous Chemical Levels Found Near Fracking Sites

A study published on Thursday concluded that air tests conducted near natural gas wells in five states showed dangerous levels of carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene and formaldehyde. US News reports that “Eight poisonous chemicals were found near wells and fracking sites in Arkansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wyoming at levels that far exceeded recommended federal… More »

Second Suit Filed to Stop Drilling in PA State Parks

A lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s executive order lifting oil and gas development in state parks and forests was filed last week by The Delaware Riverkeeper Network. This is the second suit aimed at stopping oil and gas development on public lands, but the first to directly challenge Corbett’s order. From StateImpact Pennsylvania: The… More »

Poll Shows Majority of PA Voters Support Fracking

The Associated Press reports that a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in June shows that 58 percent of Pennsylvania voters support the development of natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale. However, a majority of voters (57 percent) oppose drilling on the state’s parks and forests and 39 percent are less likely to vote for Governor Tom… More »