Buildings in counties where natural gas is most actively being extracted from the Marcellus shale have in the past decade had much higher measurements of radioactive radon than buildings in low-activity areas, according to the new research.
U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ruled that the Constitution Pipeline has the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that it serves the public interest by providing additional natural gas pipeline capacity.
The proposal is the first signal from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration of how it will approach the natural gas industry after the Democrat campaigned last year on a promise to toughen state regulation of the industry.
The report highlights conflicting estimates about the long-term viability of increasing natural gas production, and warns that acting on the assumption natural gas will always be cheap may not be ideal.
Southwestern Energy Co. is planning to pay $300 million for thousands of acres in a natural gas-rich region of Pennsylvania, little more than six weeks after its multibillion-dollar purchase of gas land nearby.
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