Property Damage

Unregulated Natural Gas Wells: Why They are so Dangerous

Unregulated Natural Gas Wells: Why They are so Dangerous Many more Americans than previously estimated are living near very old natural gas storage wells. Some of them are more than a century old and are not designed to prevent leaks. Researchers were able to estimate that 53,000 people and 20,000 homes in only six states […]

Governor Tom Wolf Asked to Look into Fracking and Childhood Cancers

Governor Tom Wolf Asked to Look into Fracking and Childhood Cancers More than 100 organizations and 800 individuals have signed a public letter asking for the State Health Department to investigate shale gas drilling and its potential links to large amounts of childhood cancer. The letter was delivered to Governor Tom Wolf and Dr. Rachel […]

Mon Valley Residents Upset About Fracking Site in Their Community

Mon Valley Residents Upset About Fracking Site in Their Community A proposed fracking site near U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson mill is causing problems for nearby residents. They have written two dozen statements and sent them to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opposing Merrion Oil and Gas drilling a well next to the mill. […]

Asbestos Exposure After A Natural Disaster

Asbestos Exposure After A Natural Disaster Asbestos was a popular building material with widespread use throughout much the of mid-20thcentury. It found its way into millions of homes and by 1980, floor tiles, pipe insulation, block insulation, roofing, ceiling tile, taping compounds, cement, and plasters all contained the deadly carcinogen. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Toxic Exposures Threaten Superfund Sites

Toxic Exposures Threaten Superfund Sites In 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted in response to a growing numbers of hazardous waste sites that were releasing toxic chemicals and polluting the environment. The program known as Superfund was designed to clean up these hazardous sites by having the responsible parties […]

From Shipyards to Floor Tiles, Asbestos in the Home

From Shipyards to Floor Tiles, Asbestos in the Home Asbestos was a popular building material that dates back thousands of years, but it was not extensively mined until the 19th and 20th centuries, when its versatility became useful throughout the Industrial Revolution and World War II.  Its heat resistant qualities and tensile strength meant that asbestos-containing products […]

It’s Not Over For Residents In Libby, Montana

It’s Not Over For Residents In Libby, Montana The latest news to come out of Libby Montana, an area in the United States where hundreds of people were killed following decades of asbestos exposure, reports that more than 1,000 of those victims have reached a $25 million settlement with Montana health officials. There were over […]

New EPA Proposal Requires Gas Plants to Publicly Report Toxic Emissions

New EPA Proposal Requires Gas Plants to Publicly Report Toxic Emissions The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a proposal concerning the documentation of toxic chemicals produced by natural gas drilling. Until now, natural gas processing plants did not need to publicly report toxic chemicals that are released into the environment, leaving nearby communities unaware of […]

Revisions to PA Act 13 Is A Victory For Environmentalists

Revisions to PA Act 13 Is A Victory For Environmentalists Environmentalists are pleased to announce that a number of provisions to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law have been struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Many of the issues environmentalists have been fighting for over the past four years are because of a piece of […]

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