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What New York’s fracking ban means for drilling along the Delaware river

The surprise decision by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking and prevent the development of Marcellus Shale gas in that state could have ripple effects in eastern Pennsylvania. New York issued a lengthy scientific report on potential health and environmental impacts Wednesday. And Cuomo’s subsequent decision could mean a permanent ban on drilling [...]

Drilling companies agree to pay workers $4.5 million in back wages

The United States Department of Labor is cracking down on energy companies operating in the Marcellus Shale, requiring them to pay nearly $4.5 million in back pay to workers. The enforcement is part of a multiyear initiative conducted by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division in Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh. It involved 5,300 workers in [...]

State to study effects of frack sand at Wyoming County site

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports state environmental regulators are looking at using a site in northeastern Pennsylvania to study how the sand used in hydraulic fracturing affects air quality. A company called D&I Silica LLC is planning to build a transfer facility for frack sand in Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County. Sand is an important ingredient in most fracking [...]

DEP gives gas industry group $150,000 grant to study drilling

Joe Ulrich/ WITF Drilling waste at a natural gas site in Tioga County. The DEP has given an industry-backed nonprofit $150,000 grant to study the effects of drilling, including its waste. The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded a $150,000 non-competitive grant to an industry-backed nonprofit organization. The money was allocated in last year’s [...]

Cabot Oil and Gas fined $120,000 for explosion and spill

The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined Cabot Oil & Gas $120,000 for a storage tank explosion and spill. The incident occurred January 11 at the Reynolds well pad in Jessup Township, Susquehanna County. “This was a serious incident that injured an employee and resulted in a spill of approximately 2,835 gallons of production [...]

Report: lack of inspectors leaves gas line oversight to utilities

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review analyzed data on distribution lines that deliver natural gas directly to consumers, and found a lack of regulatory oversight. The task of tracking leaks and problems often falls to the utilities which own and operate the lines. Read the full report from the Tribune-Review here: A Tribune-Review investigation found that state and federal [...]

Environmentalists sing ‘climate carols’ to support Obama’s carbon plan

“You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why.  Climate Change is coming to town.” Today is the last day to comment on the Obama administration’s proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Given the season, members of the Clean Air Council, PennFuture, Physicians for Social Responsibility [...]

Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over Obama’s “war on coal”

The Supreme Court will consider a challenge to the Obama Administration’s new rules on mercury emissions from power plants. Tuesday’s decision by the high court came just a day before the EPA announced new rules to control smog. The mercury rules were first imposed by the Clinton Administration, and then reversed under President Bush. The rules [...]

Maryland Governor proposes stringent fracking regulations

Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits lie beneath just a tiny sliver of western Maryland. But with three years worth of review, the state issued a 104 page report Tuesday detailing the pros and cons of fracking, along with recommendations for some of the most stringent rules in the country. Maryland’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Study [...]

Poll shows support for Obama’s Clean Power Plan among Pa voters

A new post-election poll shows a majority of Pennsylvanians who voted in the November election support limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Sierra Club commissioned the multi-state survey, which included about 100 Pennsylvania voters. Those polled included an equal mix of Democrats and Republicans. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed nationwide limits on [...]

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