America’s biggest gas field finally succumbs to downturn

The drilling boom of the past seven years is over, even though thousands of existing wells in the Marcellus region still produce a fifth of U.S. natural gas supply. Now, exclusive data made available to Reuters points to a slump in drilling that could hit production next year, defying government and industry expectations of a further rise in output.

Marcellus to become a net exporter of natural gas this year

Natural gas production is expected to slow this month for the first time across the country as drillers struggle against low commodity prices and oversupply. Even so, states in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays spanning Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio are expected to still produce more gas than they can use and export the fuel out of the region.

Radiation found in Greene County stream near water supply

Action News Investigates has learned high levels of radiation — up to 60 times higher than the maximum allowed in drinking water — have been found in a stream that feeds into a water treatment plant. VIDEO: Watch Paul Van Osdol’s report The high levels of radiation were found in a Greene County stream that flows into the Monongahela River.
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Parents protest fracking near schools

Reid Frazier More than 50 protesters stood in front of the Mars Area High School in Middlesex Township, Butler County on Wednesday, bearing signs that said “Ban Fracking Now” and “Stop Fracking by Our Schools”. The protesters targeted a plan that would allow hydraulic fracturing near local schools.