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Activist won’t face fines, jail time in ongoing fight with gas company

A Susquehanna County judge ruled Wednesday that 63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins will not be fined or jailed for violating a court order designed to keep her away from sites operated by Cabot Oil & Gas. The ongoing feud between the activist and the gas company made international news earlier this year when Cabot got a sweeping [...]

PA Congressman launches frack waste investigation

The state’s new acting secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection, Dana Aunkst, has lots of questions to answer regarding how the state oversees frack waste disposal and transportation. On Wednesday, Congressman Matt Cartwright, a democrat from Schuylkill County, sent Aunkst a 3-page letter seeking information as part of an investigation into how states monitor [...]

Energy companies donate more than $1 million to Corbett’s campaign coffers

With the election less than a week away, Tom Corbett is way ahead when it comes to support from energy interests including coal, natural gas and power companies operating in the state. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has tallied up campaign contributions for the governor’s race and Tom Corbett’s campaign took in $1,148,351 in energy donations. That’s [...]

Philadelphia City Council kills deal to sell gas utility

The $1.86 billion deal to sell Philadelphia’s natural gas utility to a private company is off, the City Council announced on Monday. More from NewsWorks: When the Nutter administration chose UIL Holdings as the winning bidder for PGW, City Council hired a consultant to review the entire process. Council President Darrell Clarke says after the [...]

Constitution pipeline clears major regulatory hurdle

A proposed interstate gas pipeline designed to bring Marcellus Shale gas to markets in New York and New England has cleared a major regulatory hurdle. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which oversees interstate pipelines, concluded in an Environmental Impact Statement Friday that the project would have “some adverse environmental impacts” but that they would be [...]

Pink drill bits for breast cancer draw protestors to Sunday’s Steelers game

A controversy surrounding a major oil and gas services company’s breast cancer awareness campaign drew protestors to downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday. Football fans packing into Heinz Field for the Steelers-Colts game were met by a handful of people handing out flyers and holding up signs warning passersby to “think before you pink.” At half time, [...]

Anti-fracking activist and gas company head back to court

63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins will be back in court next week facing fines and possible jail time in an ongoing fight with one of Pennsylvania’s biggest gas drillers, Cabot Oil & Gas. Cabot wants Scroggins to be held in contempt of court for allegedly violating an order to stay at least 100 feet away [...]

First responders in Philadelphia prepare for oil train accidents

Officials from at least seven government agencies, the railroad CSX and the refinery in South Philadelphia responded to a faux fiery train accident on a rail bridge in the city’s downtown Friday morning. While there was no real emergency, the scenario was based on a minor derailment that happened in January that left six tanker cars intact, but [...]

Attorneys advise landowners to get involved in pipeline plan

More than 200 people turned out for a meeting in Lancaster Thursday night to discuss a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline. The forum was aimed at educating landowners about how to handle a pipeline on their property. The project has sparked significant controversy. Attorneys were on hand to discuss ways landowners can negotiate with a pipeline [...]

Lancaster groups to hold meeting on proposed pipeline

An informational meeting will be held in Thursday night in Lancaster to discuss a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that would cut through 35 miles of the county. The proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline would run through 10 Pennsylvania counties, but it’s faced its fierce opposition from people in Lancaster County, who have raised concerns about [...]

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