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McGinty contributor got fast-tracked permit for coal plant when she ran DEP

In 2005, as the head of the state Department of Environmental Protection, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty fast-tracked a permit for a controversial waste coal power plant in western Pennsylvania. In recent months, McGinty has accepted $120,000 in campaign contributions from a coal executive behind the project. The Beech Hollow power plant was ultimately never built. [...]

McGinty returned campaign check from Pa. businessman tied to West Virginia spill

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty has returned campaign donations from a Western Pennsylvania coal executive tied to the West Virginia chemical spill. According to Capitolwire, McGinty’s campaign was unaware of the connection between the donor and Freedom Industries– the company at the center of the January accident which left thousands of people without water.

Senior DEP official invested in natural gas industry

For several years a high-ranking official at the state Department of Environmental Protection invested his personal money in the natural gas industry. Jeffrey Logan was appointed to be the DEP’s Executive Deputy Secretary for Administration and Management by Governor Corbett in January 2011. Since then, ethics filings show Logan held several natural gas investments, including Cabot [...]

Endangered species bill advances

A contentious proposal to change the way threatened and endangered species are designated in Pennsylvania cleared a House committee today. The bill would give a five-person regulatory review panel and legislators control over whether to list species the state’s game and fish commissions determine are threatened or endangered. The proposal was reported out of the [...]

Dueling Drilling Conferences To Bring Insight And Protest To Philadelphia

Drilling industry leaders and fractivists will meet again (separately) in Center City Philadelphia this week to rally and inform their constituents. For the third year in a row, the Marcellus Shale Coalition is hosting the Shale Insight (formerly known as “Shale Gas Insight”) Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center which brings together some big names in [...]

Range Resources Wines and Dines State Officials

One of the state’s biggest natural gas drillers, Range Resources, paid for expensive steak dinners for Corbett administration officials, state legislators, and gas industry executives, according to documents obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania under the state’s Right To Know law. Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley and Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker disclosed the dinners as gifts [...]

Klaber to Step Down from Marcellus Shale Coalition

Pennsylvania’s top natural gas trade group is looking for a new leader. The Marcellus Shale Coalition announced on Friday that the current CEO Kathryn Klaber, will be leaving the organization after four years. The MSC was formed by a group of Marcellus Shale producers in late 2009, to be the public face of the state’s [...]

Attorneys Seek Clients For Class Action Case Over Chesapeake Royalties

An effort is underway to bring class action arbitration against Pennsylvania’s biggest gas driller –Chesapeake Energy—over allegations the company is underpaying royalties. About 60 people turned out to the Towanda Fire Department Wednesday night to hear a pitch from a group of attorneys seeking to bring the case. Chesapeake leaseholders in particular have been alleging [...]

Touring Wall Street Mogul’s Company, Corbett Denies Politics Influences His Visits

While touring the ACF Industries rail car manufacturing plant today in Milton, Northumberland County, Governor Corbett faced questions about whether campaign contributions and political influence factor into decisions about which companies he comes to visit. He says they don’t. “We don’t go to places just because we may or may not have gotten a campaign [...]

Rep. Jesse White Apologizes for Online Bullying of Shale Gas Supporters

KDKA-TV reports state Rep. Jesse White — a Pittsburgh area Democrat and vocal critic of the natural gas industry –has been using pseudonyms to bully online commenters who express support for shale gas development. Although he declined to comment on camera to KDKA, White issued an apology today: On occasion, I have exercised my First [...]

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