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State hears comments on new fracking regulations

Note: This story is from The Allegheny Front, a public radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania.  The Wolf administration heard for the first time public comment on its newer, tougher proposed rules for the fracking industry. More than 70 speakers were signed up to speak at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hearing in [...]

DEP rejects industry pressure to remove some members from oil & gas board

The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday rejected a call by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association for the removal of four non-voting members from a board that advises officials on oil and gas policy. Elizabeth Nolan, an attorney for the DEP, said there were no grounds to dismiss the four members, who have [...]

More pollution flowing into Chesapeake Bay than expected

After decades of work and billions of dollars spent, a massive effort is still underway to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. In 2010, Pennsylvania and other states in the watershed began a new plan to restore the health of the bay—with the goal to fully implement pollution reduction practices by the year 2025. But new data [...]

DEP to hold public hearings on new drilling regulations

The state Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled three hearings for the public to weigh in on proposed changes to regulations for the oil and gas industry. Since 2011, the DEP has been revising its Chapter 78 regulations, which govern drilling. The draft rules have gone through a number of changes. Most recently, after Governor [...]

Industry group considers legal action over new drilling rules

A trade group representing the state’s oil and gas industry is considering taking the Wolf administration to court over the way it’s handling proposed changes to drilling regulations. “We want to hear facts and science, but we’re seeing disrespect for the law in many ways,” says Kevin Moody of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association [...]

DEP releases drilling regulations for public comment

The public has 45 days to weigh in on proposed changes to regulations governing Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. The state Department of Environmental Protection has been revising the rules for the past four years. In December 2013, they became available for public comment. The agency held nine hearings across the state and received more than 24,000 comments. [...]

Regulators outpaced by gas industry waste, report says

Pennsylvania’s environmental regulators are failing to keep pace with a growing volume of liquid and solid waste generated by the natural gas industry, and are allowing risky practices like open-air waste storage to continue, according to a study issued on Thursday. The report by Earthworks, a nonprofit that highlights the adverse effects of mineral and [...]

City of Harrisburg wants more oversight of oil trains

A slew of recent accidents involving trains carrying crude oil has prompted city officials in Harrisburg to push for better oversight. City councilman Brad Koplinksi (D) is backing a resolution to urge federal officials to fast track new regulations on the trains. “It is a situation that probably will never hit Harrisburg,” he says of the derailments. [...]

As drilling slows, lawmakers question Wolf’s gas tax projections

State lawmakers are questioning whether the Wolf administration is being consistent in its projections on how much money gas drilling can bring into state coffers. Earlier this year the governor imposed a moratorium on new gas leasing for public parks and forests. His executive order undid an attempt by his predecessor, Republican Governor Tom Corbett, [...]

Towns take on gas industry, at their own peril

Local governments all over the country are trying stop the surge in oil and gas development by embracing a novel legal tactic–community-based rights ordinances. It’s a strategy that carries risks. In rural Conestoga Township, Lancaster County concerned residents want to stop a $3 billion interstate gas pipeline from coming through their community. Oklahoma-based Williams Partners Atlantic Sunrise [...]

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