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Pa. orders partial shutdown of natural gas drilling
|Pennsylvania environmental officials have ordered a partial shutdown of natural gas drilling operations by two companies in the state’s northcentral region.|
Robert Yowell of the Department of Environmental Protection says the two companies haven’t taken the necessary precautions to protect nearby streams from pollution as they drill for gas in Lycoming County.
The streams are located near impoundment areas operated by Range Resources-Appalachia and Chief Oil and Gas. Officials say the impoundments draw tens of thousands of gallons of water per day from the waterways.
The companies are conducting exploratory drilling in a gas reservoir known as the Marcellus Shale.
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