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Kane: gas royalties fraud investigation ‘wrapping up’ soon

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says her investigation into allegations of underpaid gas royalties will be concluded in the near future. “I can’t comment on where it is right now,” she told a Senate Appropriations committee Tuesday. “But I can tell you we’re almost wrapping it up.” More than a year has passed since former [...]

Railroad chief says oil companies need to do more for rail safety

The head of the Federal Railroad Administration says oil companies need to do more to insure the safety of crude by rail shipments. FRA acting administrator Sarah Feinberg says that the railroad companies carrying the highly volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota have done all they can do and the [...]

Pennsylvania DEP trying to forge new strategy for pipelines

John Quigley, Acting Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection, says he wants to try to incorporate planning strategies for what some say is now a maddening and chaotic rush to build new natural gas pipelines across every county in Pennsylvania. “We’re not under any illusion to reduce impact to zero,” Quigley told StateImpact. “There’s [...]

Large reserve of Utica Shale gas could lie beneath state forest land

Tapping the Utica Shale in north central Pennsylvania could become the state’s next natural gas drilling boom, at least once the pipelines get built. Seneca Resources has announced the successful completion of a well on state forest land in Tioga County. Seneca, a subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company, says its test well generated 22.7 [...]

Wolf’s budget would restore bulk of funding for Delaware River Basin Commission

In a reverse from the previous administration’s budget, Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed plan would restore much of Pennsylvania’s share of funding to the Delaware River Basin Commission. Former governor Tom Corbett had slashed in half Pennsylvania’s contribution to the multi-state commission in last year’s budget. Corbett cut the DRBC’s funding while maintaining funds to the [...]

Wolf budget includes $100K for Marcellus Shale health registry

In his budget plan unveiled Tuesday, Governor Wolf proposed a $100,000 funding increase to the state Department of Health to create a registry to monitor people who live near natural gas drilling sites. After New York State banned fracking late last year, citing public health concerns, Wolf said he planned to create a registry to monitor health [...]

USGS: Fracking water quality data “scarce”

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey say there’s just not enough data to figure out the impact of fracking on water quality. The American Geophysical Union’s Water Resources Research published an article about the USGS study today.   “We mined the national water-quality databases from 1970 – 2010 and were able to assess long-term trends in [...]

Wolf’s budget plan calls for new tax on natural gas industry

Following through on his campaign pledge, Governor Wolf made taxing the natural gas industry a central part of his budget proposal Tuesday. Wolf wants to model it on West Virginia, with a tax on both volume and sales. Drillers would pay a five percent tax on the value of the gas, plus 4.7 cents per [...]

1.5 million at risk in PA for crude oil derailment

Photo by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The aftermath of the CSX Bakken crude oil train derailment in Mount Carbon, W. Va. In Pennsylvania, nearly 1.5 million people are in potential danger if a train carrying crude oil derails and catches fire, according to a PublicSource analysis. That is about one in every nine Pennsylvanians, [...]

Improvements planned for fracking chemical disclosure website

The groups managing the national fracking chemical disclosure website, FracFocus, say they are planning improvements to make information more transparent. EnergyWire reports the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission are responding to criticism from environmental groups and open government groups. Pennsylvania is one of 14 states that requires gas drillers to use [...]

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