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Election 2014: Corbett and Wolf differ on approach to Obama’s carbon rules

Election day is just a week away. And whoever ends up winning the race for Pennsylvania’s governor will have climate change on their agenda. That’s because states now have to implement new EPA rules decreasing carbon emissions at power plants. But the two candidates are far apart on their approach to reducing the state’s carbon [...]

DEP extends comment period on policy to address oil and gas violations

The state Department of Environmental Protection is extending the public comment period on a draft policy to update how it responds to and tracks oil and gas violations. The previous six-page policy was last updated in 2005. The new draft document is more than three times longer and includes a new section related to documenting [...]

Corbett signs bills addressing gas transparency issues

Governor Corbett has signed two bills providing more transparency for people who have leased their property for natural gas drilling. A landowner advocacy group calls the measures “helpful” but says more action is needed. One measure would require drillers to submit monthly gas production reports; they are currently required to report every six months. The [...]

Corbett approves bills on stream buffers and carbon plan

Governor Corbett signed a pair of bills Wednesday dealing with two hot-button environmental issues. The first would eliminate stream buffer requirements for the state’s cleanest waterways. The second measure gives legislators a role in crafting a federally-mandated carbon reduction plan–a top priority for the state’s coal industry. The stream bill removes the 150 feet buffer [...]

DEP fines pipeline company more than $300,000

The state Department of Environmental Protection has levied a $306,570 fine against a Texas pipeline company for multiple violations involving construction of two gas pipelines in 2012 and 2013. According to the DEP, the flawed work was performed by PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of Williamsport. That company was later acquired by Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering [...]

Legislature OKs bill requiring more frequent gas production reports

A bill approved by the state House and Senate would change the way drillers report gas production figures. The measure now awaits Governor Corbett’s signature. Under current state law, gas companies have to file reports twice a year with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). House Bill 2278 would require monthly production reports– a [...]

Environmentalists seek to halt construction at Cove Point LNG export plant

Environmental groups have filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to stop the current construction of Dominion’s liquefied natural gas export facility in Cove Point, MD. The groups also want FERC to reverse their recent decision approving the plant.  Last month FERC approved Dominion Energy’s plan to transform the Cove Point plant [...]

Senate OKs bill allowing legislators to weigh in on carbon plan

The state Senate has passed a measure that will require legislative approval of a state plan to cut carbon emissions. Under proposed rules recently put forth by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania will have to cut its carbon emissions by 32 percent over the next 15 years. The federal climate policy will mean major changes for [...]

Pa. legislature passes bill changing buffers for cleanest streams

A bill eliminating a requirement for 150-foot buffers between new developments and Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams is now headed to Governor Tom Corbett’s desk. The House passed HB1565 late Wednesday, which makes forested stream buffers an optional tool to other “substantially equivalent” practices that would preserve water quality and prevent erosion and sedimentation in specially protected watersheds. An [...]

Bill would have PA lawmakers approve Obama’s carbon reduction plan

A bill that would allow legislators to weigh in on a federally mandated plan to cut carbon emissions may see a final vote before lawmakers end this year’s session. President Obama’s new climate change plan set a goal for Pennsylvania to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. The EPA left it up [...]

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