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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 [...]

EPA’s repackaging of power plant rules could thwart court challenges

Earlier this week, we told you the Environmental Protection Agency is putting off issuing new rules for cutting carbon emissions from new, existing and modified power plants so it can roll out all three proposals together this summer. Scott Detrow – formerly of StateImpact Pennsylvania, now with E&E News – reports this new plan could [...]

EPA delays climate change rules for power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will postpone issuing new rules for cutting carbon emissions from power plants until the summer.  After receiving about 4 million comments on the proposals for new, existing and modified power plants, the agency says it needs more time to consider public input and incorporate overlapping issues among the three [...]

Feds look toward regulating local gas gathering lines

A former federal pipeline safety administrator tells the Pittsburgh Tribune Review better regulations are needed to oversee the 230,000 miles of pipelines that gather natural gas from wells across the country. These smaller lines connected to (often rural) production areas have less oversight than larger interstate transmission lines that carry gas to different markets, or distribution [...]

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