PITTSBURGH (AP) — The natural gas industry and environmentalists in Pennsylvania both had reasons to cheer and jeer in 2013 over the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.
Environmentalists were heartened by a state Supreme Court ruling at the end of the year that rejected significant portions of industry-friendly legislation.
The U.S. Department of Energy also reported that Pennsylvania's yearly gas production could rank second in the nation, behind only Texas. That represents an enormous leap from just five years ago.
Though the industry and environmentalists remained bitterly divided over many issues, there were also some preliminary efforts to seek a middle ground, such as the Center for Sustainable Shale and Breathe Easy Susquehanna County.