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Marcellus Shale Battle Lines Series

Battle Lines Series: Part 1
Crews worked for months, cutting a trench through hilly fields, woods and past farms for a new natural gas line. But there was trouble and no one to call.
 
Ambitious U.S. gas pipeline illustrates hazards
 
Federal pipeline oversight agency was troubled from the start
Battle Lines Series: Part 2
When the owners of the Tennessee natural gas pipeline decided to expand the pipe in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania's northern tier, the federal safety rules they had to follow filled a book.
 
Top U.S. lawmaker on pipeline rules ...
 
Federal pipeline oversight agency was troubled from the start
Battle Lines Series: Part 3
Dallas Township - an affluent suburb outside Wilkes-Barre - is just one battlefield in a war that has flared in more and more Pa. towns, over the proliferation of the new, high-pressure pipelines that carry Marcellus Shale gas to market.
 
Environmentalists and sportsmen raise alarms over pipelines
 
Eminent-domain questions divide even pipeline companies
Battle Lines Series: Part 4
Last in a four-part series.
There are thousands of miles of 100-year-old, leak-prone, cast-iron pipelines running under Pennsylvania streets. Last in a series.
 
Safety cases a secret for utilities, PUC
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HOW "BATTLE LINES" WAS REPORTED
The Marcellus shale drilling boom has tapped a bounty of natural gas worth billions, but Inquirer reporters Joseph Tanfani and Craig R. McCoy found that thousands of miles of high-pressure pipelines carrying the gas to market are being installed with no government safety checks – no construction standards, no inspections, and no monitoring. In fact, state and federal regulators don’t even know where many lines are located.


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