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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 [...]

Do not disturb: what can drillers do with new forest leases?

The Corbett administration is preparing to lease approximately 25,000 acres of public park and forest land to raise $75 million for this year’s budget. Last month, Corbett issued an executive order overturning a 2010 state moratorium on new oil and gas leasing of public land. The administration has called it a restrictive approach to expanding drilling that will [...]

DEP increases gas well permit fees

The state Department of Environmental Protection is raising the permit fees gas companies pay for unconventional wells. The increase will raise an additional $4.7 million in revenue, which will be used to hire more staff in DEP’s office of Oil and Gas Management. “Under the Corbett administration, there has been a strategic, proactive approach to [...]

Pipeline route revised to avoid Lancaster County nature preserves

In response to public criticism, a company seeking to build a new natural gas pipeline through parts of north and central Pennsylvania has proposed changes to part of the route to avoid several nature preserves in Lancaster County. More than 1,000 people turned out to Millersville University Wednesday night for a public meeting hosted by Oklahoma-based Williams Partners. The company [...]

EPA asks for more time to review Cove Point LNG terminal

The Philadelphia office of the federal Environmental Protection Agency has requested an additional a 30 days to review the environmental impacts of a proposed export terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Lusby, Maryland. Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concluded that the Cove Point LNG terminal will “not result in significant cumulative impacts” to [...]

DCNR told Corbett administration not to lease more forest land for drilling

A top official at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said he advised the Corbett administration against leasing additional public land for natural gas development. During testimony today before the state Commonwealth Court, DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forests, Dan Devlin, said he first learned of Governor Corbett’s plan to expand gas [...]

DEP: Philadelphia region’s air quality is improving

Living in and around a major city, some amount of air pollution comes with the territory. But the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Philadelphia’s air is getting cleaner. One pollutant in particular has been a problem in the five-county region that stretches from Chester to Bucks. It’s called “fine particulate matter” or PM2.5 and [...]

Pa. would reduce carbon emissions by more than 30 percent under new EPA rule

Pennsylvania would be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 32 percent over the next 15 years under new federal regulations announced on Monday. It is the first time the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations specifically aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions generated by the nation’s power plants. And it is one of [...]

West Virginia rejects radioactive drilling waste from Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports environmental regulators in West Virginia have ordered a landfill to stop accepting shipments of natural gas drilling waste that were rejected by a western Pennsylvania landfill for being too radioactive. According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Range Resources disposed of 12 tons of drilling sludge in a Waste Management landfill [...]

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