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Budget may force Pa. back to square one on drilling regulations

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection may have to go back to the drawing board in its two-year overhaul of drilling regulations, because the new state budget contains language changing the rules for oil and gas wells. Governor Corbett signed the legislature’s $29 billion spending plan yesterday. The new well regulations were among other items slipped [...]

New gas well regulations slipped into budget bill

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports state Republican leaders have inserted controversial last-minute language to one of the budget bills that would change how Pennsylvania’s natural gas wells are regulated. The bill requires state regulators to distinguish between two types of oil and gas wells– conventional, shallow wells, and deeper modern unconventional shale wells. From the Inquirer: [...]

New York’s highest court allows towns to ban fracking

New York State’s highest court ruled today that towns are allowed to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders. From the New York Times: The two towns at the center of the case – Dryden, in rural Tompkins County, and Middlefield, in Otsego County – amended their zoning laws in recent years to ban fracking, on [...]

Legislators seeking an extra $20 million from forest leasing

State legislators are looking to expand gas leasing of public parks and forests to raise more revenue in an effort close this year’s budget gap. Lawmakers are set to vote on a $29.1 billion spending plan today that anticipates $95 million in revenue from leasing more public land to drillers– that’s $20 million more than [...]

EPA withholding release of report on earthquakes linked to disposal wells

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding back the release of a report on earthquakes related to drilling and related operations, EnergyWire reports.  A team of EPA officials has been looking into concerns that deep injection wells – where wastewater from oil and gas drilling is disposed underground – have caused a spate of earthquakes in [...]

Pa. DEP reviewing thousands of comments on overhaul of drilling regulations

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are wading through more than 25,000 public comments on a proposed overhaul of the state’s oil and gas regulations. The Department of Environmental Protection says those comments could represent as many as 5,000 different suggestions for changes from the industry, environmental groups, and Pennsylvania citizens. The regulations would update Chapter 78 of [...]

New legislation would require monthly reports on Pa. shale gas production

A bill introduced in May by Rep. Tina Pickett (R) would require drillers in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale to report how much gas they’re producing on a monthly basis. Since 2010, Pennsylvania has required production reports to the Department of Environmental Protection twice a year. Landowners who want to verify what they’re getting from gas production on [...]

Royalties bill on the back burner until fall

A controversial bill aimed a limiting gas companies from withholding royalty money from landowners will be set aside until the fall legislative session. House Bill 1684 would limit the practice of charging landowners for post-production costs– the expenses associated with processing and transporting natural gas. Rep. Garth Everett (R- Lycoming) is the prime sponsor of the [...]

DEP fines Carrizo $190K for Wyoming County spills

Houston-based Carrizo Oil and Gas has agreed to pay a fine of $192,044 for two spill incidents in Wyoming County last spring, the state Department of Environmental Protection said. In March 2013, three families were evacuated from their homes in Washington Township after a well began spewing fluid during a hydraulic fracturing operation. More than 200,000 [...]

Corbett administration won’t ‘rule out’ gas tax this year

With mounting pressure to find new revenue in the face of an estimated $1.4 billion budget gap this year, the Corbett administration is signaling it may be open to levying a new extraction tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas operators. At a press conference in Harrisburg today, Corbett said he still doesn’t like the idea of [...]

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