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New well permits reach lowest levels in five years

The number of unconventional well permits issued during the first quarter of 2015 fell by 30 percent, according to state Department of Environmental Protection data.

According to department data, it issued 863 permits in the first three months of 2014. This year, the number of new permits fell to 601. That’s the fewest number of permits the department has issued in the first quarter over the past five years.

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