"As our economy begins to rebound from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it is important to understand that one of the primary costs to manufacturing businesses is the cost of energy. Manufacturing in this country began in New England and the Northeast by taking full advantage of our many rivers. If manufacturing is to remain a feature of our economy and provide good jobs for our workers, it is critical that our region has access to cheap energy, just as it was critical 200 years ago."
"Little bats that are being decimated by a big disease in 28 states are now protected by the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species, a decision that could impact oil and gas operations. The oil and gas industry has decried the possible effects that protecting the northern long-eared bat, effective May 4, under the act could have on their operations, while pointing out that other industries are not facing the same restrictions."
"An article in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, published today, says measurements of air pollution from Marcellus drilling and transportation sites in Bradford and Sullivan counties were lower than the researchers expected. The study, “Atmosphere Emission Characterization of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development Sites,” also reports levels of methane emissions were higher than those indicated in previous research."
"Following the recent release of a report that outlines the environmental impact of fracking, the state of New York is likely to expand a ban on hydraulic fracturing to include all of the controversial gas extraction operations in the state."
"Hydrofracking is a controversial oil and gas extraction technique developed in the late 1940s to gain access to fossil energy deposits previously inaccessible to drilling operations. The process, "hydraulic fracturing", literally involves the smashing of rock with millions of gallons of water–along with sand and a undisclosed assortment of chemicals in order to bring gas to the surface."
"Southeastern Pennsylvania is known for its lush, pastoral landscapes and prosperous farming communities. But the economy in the state’s north and west has historically depended — as in most of Appalachia — on resource extraction and its inevitable cycles of boom and bust."