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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 [...]

Corbett says taxing natural gas may be a future option

Governor Tom Corbett says he’s thinks taxing natural gas could be an option. Just three weeks before the election, the governor is battling for his political future. In an exclusive interview with StateImpact Pennsylvania, Corbett said he thinks rather than the extraction tax advocated by his Democratic opponent Tom Wolf, it may be better to tax [...]

Bill would eliminate buffer requirement for Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams

Yet another battle of the economy versus the environment is taking place in Harrisburg. This time, conservationists say Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams are at stake. A bill (HB1565) working its way through the state legislature would eliminate a requirement for 150-foot buffer zones between new developments and specially protected watersheds. Thick rows of trees and shrubs help [...]

Not so pretty in pink? Drill bits for breast cancer spark controversy

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY A drill bit at a gas site in Pennsylvania’s northern tier. In an effort to promote breast cancer awareness, oil and gas services company Baker Hughes is painting 1,000 drill pits pink. A partnership between global breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen and oil and gas services company Baker Hughes has sparked a [...]

Commonwealth Court takes up issue of drilling in state parks and forests

The fate of expanded natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania’s parks and forests is now in the hands of seven Commonwealth Court Judges. Governor Tom Corbett wants to lease 25,000 acres of additional state land to drillers in order to raise $95 million to plug a hole in the 2014-2015 fiscal year’s $29.1 billion budget. The [...]

Report: police sharing intelligence on activists with gas industry

According to the Pittsburgh City Paper, state and federal law enforcement have joined in an intelligence-sharing network with the oil and gas industry to follow the activities of environmental activists. The paper cites documents it obtained showing a state trooper giving a presentation to industry representatives with photographs of several anti-fracking groups. According to the [...]

DEP seeks record fine against gas driller as AG files criminal charges

Pennsylvania regulators are seeking a record $4.5 million fine against EQT Corp. for a major leak from an impoundment pond in Tioga County, the Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday in a news release. The announcement comes one week after the state Attorney General’s office filed criminal charges against the company for the same incident. In May [...]

Pa. must release Bakken crude oil train shipment information

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, or PEMA, must release details about rail shipments of crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. That’s the word today from the state Office of Open Records. In May, federal transportation officials ordered railroads to report to state emergency planners the estimated number of Bakken crude shipments expected to [...]

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