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Study: Radioactive gas drilling waste not a threat to public health

A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection study looking at radiation exposure from oil and gas development says there is “little potential for harm to workers or the public.” DEP released the peer-reviewed report Thursday, which Governor Corbett initiated in January 2013. DEP hired PermaFix, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in nuclear and industrial waste disposal, [...]

Anti-fracking protesters plan to rally at Wolf inauguration

Anti-fracking protesters are seeking to “disrupt” Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s inauguration on January 20th, according to PennLive. The protesters are hoping to pressure Wolf into imposing a statewide ban on fracking, like Governor Andrew Cuomo did recently in New York. From PennLive: Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, a coalition made up of dozens of environmental groups, plan to [...]

Gas companies buy livestock, goodwill at Pennsylvania Farm Show

Much of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale drilling takes place in rural areas. Over the years, gas companies and farmers have had to learn how to co-exist. Sometimes those relationships are positive. Other times, they can be rocky. That’s why some drilling companies come to Pennsylvania Farm Show—where they make an effort to buy livestock and a [...]

Plans for offshore gas terminal spark controversy

Plans to build a new natural gas terminal off the New York and New Jersey coast are attracting controversy, according to the Associated Press. Liberty Natural Gas is looking to build a new $600 million deep-water port in federal waters. It’s designed to bring more natural gas to the New York area during peak demand [...]

DCNR investigating gas companies over royalty payments

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is looking into whether some Marcellus Shale gas companies are shortchanging the state on royalty money. The agency manages gas drilling on public forest land and currently has 117 active leases with about 18 different companies. “We’re looking at the accuracy of payments,” says DCNR’s Chief Counsel, Richard [...]

Commonwealth Court: Governor not the decider on leasing public land

Decisions to lease state park and forest land to natural gas drillers lies with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, not the Governor’s office, according to a decision issued today by the Commonwealth Court. The court also ruled that the General Assembly can decide how to spend the royalty money generated from current and future [...]

Local resolutions oppose PennEast pipeline, but have no legal teeth

Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania A natural gas pipeline in Lycoming County. Officials in Dallas Township, where a proposed interstate Marcellus Shale gas pipeline is expected to start, have passed a resolution objecting the project. Dallas joins several other municipalities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in formally opposing the PennEast Pipeline, which would cross the Susquehanna and [...]

Times-Tribune: Small explosion at Wyoming County well pad

An explosion occurred at a natural gas well pad on the Proctor & Gamble plant in Wyoming County Wednesday morning, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.  The company uses the gas beneath its property to help power its operations. Officials say it was quickly contained and caused no injuries. More from the Times-Tribune: Around 9:45 a.m., [...]

Clean up at PA nuclear waste site to cost $350 million

The bill for cleaning up a nuclear waste site in western Pennsylvania has jumped from $44 million to $350 million, according to a report by the Associated Press. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the project will take more than 10 years to remove all the hazardous waste from a site in Parks Township, [...]

8 protestors arrested at pipeline testing site in Lancaster County

Eight protestors were arrested Monday morning at a pipeline testing site in Lancaster County, police have confirmed. The demonstrators included local residents opposing the proposed Atlantic Sunrise project and members of a Native American tribe who claim the pipeline company is improperly drilling test bores on sacred grounds in Conestoga Township. More from Lancaster Online, [...]

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