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DCNR releases first Marcellus monitoring report

How is Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling affecting Pennsylvania’s state forests? A new report released Wednesday by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources offers mixed results. “First and foremost is that shale-gas production on state forest lands is neither benign nor catastrophic,” Dan Devlin, acting deputy secretary for Parks and Forestry, wrote in the [...]

Range Resources will pay $75K for Lycoming County spill

Range Resources has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine for a July 2012 spill on a Lycoming County well pad, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced Friday. The DEP said 3,066 gallons of a manufactured brine solution leaked out of a storage tank and onto the well pad in Lewis Township. “This was a [...]

Legislative hearing focuses on expanding state oversight of pipelines

As the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry has grown, so has the need to build pipelines to transport it to markets. Chester County has become a natural nexus for pipelines, due to its proximity to the shale as well as heavily-populated areas along the East Coast. Pennsylvania’s Joint Legislative Conservation Committee held a hearing today [...]

Chevron blocked access to DEP after fatal well fire in southwest Pa.

When a Chevron natural gas well exploded in Greene County, killing a worker, the company blocked personnel with the state Department of Environmental Protection from accessing the site for nearly two days. The DEP acquiesced, despite its regulatory authority. Now, that issue is one of nine violations the DEP outlined in a letter to Chevron [...]

DEP says gas drilling air pollution a small fraction of Pa. emissions

A new report from the Department of Environmental Protection found that air pollution from Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry represented a small fraction of the state’s total emissions in 2012, despite including more emissions data from compressor stations than in 2011. Here are the new stats from the DEP: 16,361 tons of nitrogen oxides, a 1.09 [...]

Gas drilling impact fee revenue up 11 percent this year

Pennsylvania expects to collect $224.5 million in impact fees levied on natural gas drilling companies this year– an 11 percent increase over the amount collected last year. The state’s 2012 oil and gas law, Act 13, charges drillers for each well. The fee can range from $40,000 to $60,000 per well, depending on the price [...]

PA DEP does not keep public records of all drilling complaints

Documents from the ongoing court battle over the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law have revealed that the state Department of Environmental Protection does not always keep public records of pollution complaints related to natural gas drilling, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. One of the key questions that remain about the law, known as Act 13, [...]

Pa. Farm Bureau calls for passage of gas royalty legislation

Pennsylvania’s farm lobby is throwing its support behind a bill aimed at limiting the ability of gas companies to withhold royalty money from landowners. As StateImpact Pennsylvania has previously reported, the state’s largest driller– Chesapeake Energy– has been widely accused of shortchanging landowners who have leased their property for gas development. A bill currently in [...]

Pa. leases more than 1,400 acres under rivers and streams to drillers

Over the past year the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has raised nearly $5.9 million by quietly leasing more than 1,400 acres of mineral rights to gas companies underneath publicly-owned waterways. The most recent lease agreement– signed just over two weeks ago– gives Chesapeake Energy the rights to extract gas from under 1,092 acres of the [...]

DEP postpones hearings on forced pooling request in western Pa.

A growing controversy surrounding a company’s request to drill for natural gas without some property owners’ consent has moved the Department of Environmental Protection to postpone a set of hearings on the issue. Hilcorp Energy Company asked DEP in July to approve Utica Shale drilling units for 3,267 acres in Lawrence and Mercer counties – all but 35 [...]

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