Marcellus Shale Battle Lines Series
Special News Reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
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.
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.
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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