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State Senate unanimously approves gas royalty bills

The state Senate unanimously approved two bills Wednesday that aim to give more protections to people who earn royalty money from oil and gas drilling. Both bills were approved by the Senate last year but died in the House. SB 147 would require drillers to disclose more information on royalty check stubs. It would also grant landowners [...]

State senate panel approves oil and gas royalty bills

A state senate committee has approved a pair of bills that would provide more protections for people who receive royalty money from oil and gas drilling. The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee unanimously approved SB 147 and SB 148 at a meeting Wednesday. SB 147 would require drillers to disclose more information on royalty check [...]

Range to pay $1.75M to settle water withdrawal violations it reported to DEP

One of the state’s biggest gas drillers has agreed to pay a $1.75 million settlement with the Department of Environmental Protection for failing to keep records of its withdrawals from waterways in Southwest Pennsylvania for more than five years. According to the DEP, Range Resources brought these violations to the agency’s attention. “We obviously want [...]

Feds delay final rules for oil tank cars

Federal regulators with the U.S. Department of Transportation are delaying the release of final regulations for older freight-rail tank cars transporting ethanol and crude oil. The rules will be released May 12 instead of March 31st as originally planned, according to Gannett. From the Politics on the Hudson blog: It comes after many railroad industry [...]

Wolf defends cabinet picks: ‘I want the industry to succeed’

Governor-elect Tom Wolf is praising his nominees for the state’s top environmental posts, and says he wants his administration to be a partner with gas drillers. But some members of the industry are worried about his choices. Wolf chose John Quigley to head the state Department of Environmental Protection and Cindy Dunn to lead the [...]

Wolf picks former Rendell appointees for top environmental posts

Governor-elect Tom Wolf has announced his picks for the state’s two top environmental posts. Both nominees will be heavily involved in overseeing Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale industry and have extensive backgrounds in environmental causes and government. Wolf nominated John Quigley to head the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP.) He previously served as Department of Conservation and [...]

Obama aims to limit methane emissions from oil and gas industry

President Obama has made methane his latest target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In an announcement today, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency laid out plans to enact new regulations limiting methane emissions from oil and gas production. The goal is to cut methane leaks by 40 to 45 percent by 2025, using 2012 as [...]

Federal regulators schedule hearings on PennEast pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has scheduled five public hearings on the PennEast Pipeline as it prepares to draft a statement on the potential environmental impacts of the project. The hearings are part of what FERC calls the “scoping process” and will give members of the public a forum to tell regulators what should [...]

Report: Quigley, Dunn to head environmental agencies under Wolf

Pennsylvania’s Governor-elect Tom Wolf continues filling his cabinet with former Rendell-era staffers. Sources tell the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Wolf will name John Quigley as his Department of Environmental Protection secretary and Cindy Dunn to lead the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. More from the Post-Gazette: The official announcements of those nominations could come as soon as [...]

PUC pushes Philadelphia to ramp up replacement of leaky gas pipes

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY Michael Groves, PGW Senior Pipe Mechanic climbs out of a hole on Van Pelt Street after inspecting a new main gas line in North Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s city-owned utility says it’ll take 88 years to replace its old, leaky gas mains under a plan approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission nearly two years [...]

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