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Obama administration extends comment period for climate rules

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period for newly proposed rules to combat climate change by cutting carbon emissions from power plants, the agency announced this week. The Obama administration has come under increased pressure from Republican lawmakers and the energy industry to delay the rules or withdraw them altogether. Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett [...]

House panel examines how Obama’s climate plan will affect Pennsylvania

A state House committee is looking into how newly proposed federal rules to combat climate change will affect Pennsylvania’s energy industries. The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing today to discuss newly proposed rules from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The overall goal is a 30 percent reduction in emissions nationwide by [...]

Report: drilling waste records don’t add up

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers have under-reported the amount of waste they send to landfills. The paper analyzed records of nine landfills in the southwestern part of the state and found they reported three to four times the amount of waste that drillers claimed to have dropped off. The paper [...]

FEMA: no flood assistance for property owners with natural gas leases

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that property owners with natural gas leases are no longer eligible for federal hazard mitigation assistance after a flood. The new policy, enacted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on May 5, has affected eight households in Pennsylvania in Wyoming and Lycoming Counties. It means that FEMA will not buy out [...]

Pennsylvania Environmental Regulators Reject Teen’s Climate Change Petition

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board has rejected a petition from a Westmoreland County woman to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Ashley Funk was 18 years old at the time she sued the state to force the Department of Environmental Protection to take action on climate change. Funk, now 20 and a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, [...]

Public Utility Commission appeals Commonwealth Court decision on Act 13

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission has appealed a recent Commonwealth Court decision, which stripped the agency of its authority to review local zoning ordinances regarding Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. The state’s drilling law, enacted in 2012, gave the PUC authority to decide whether or not a municipality’s zoning ordinances complied with the state constitution and [...]

Report faults EPA for failing to regulate fracking with diesel

A new report out today reveals natural gas drillers could be using diesel to frack wells without the mandated federal permits. Unlike other chemicals used in gas drilling, Congress requires extensive oversight if diesel is present. The so-called Halliburton Loophole in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempts chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing from federal [...]

Federal regulator calls public response to gas pipeline ‘unprecedented’

Alisa Lykens has been with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for 24 years and says she’s never seen such a big response to a project so early on in the process. Lykens was at Millersville University in Lancaster County Monday night. It was the first in a series of four meetings hosted by FERC to take [...]

Water engineer takes the reins at the Delaware River Basin Commission

The Delaware River Basin Commission, the agency that oversees the water supply for more than 15 million people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware has a new director. In recent years the DRBC has found itself in the eye of the storm over natural gas drilling in eastern Pennsylvania. The new executive director, [...]

Gas drillers didn’t report half the spills that led to fines

An investigation by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found Marcellus Shale drillers didn’t report half of spills that led to fines. The newspaper reviewed records from incidents at wells that led to a fine through the end of 2012: The Post-Gazette investigation using well permit file documents and other DEP data focused on 425 incidents involving 48 companies [...]

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