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Environmentalists seek to halt construction at Cove Point LNG export plant

Environmental groups have filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to stop the current construction of Dominion’s liquefied natural gas export facility in Cove Point, MD. The groups also want FERC to reverse their recent decision approving the plant.  Last month FERC approved Dominion Energy’s plan to transform the Cove Point plant [...]

Senate OKs bill allowing legislators to weigh in on carbon plan

The state Senate has passed a measure that will require legislative approval of a state plan to cut carbon emissions. Under proposed rules recently put forth by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania will have to cut its carbon emissions by 32 percent over the next 15 years. The federal climate policy will mean major changes for [...]

Pa. legislature passes bill changing buffers for cleanest streams

A bill eliminating a requirement for 150-foot buffers between new developments and Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams is now headed to Governor Tom Corbett’s desk. The House passed HB1565 late Wednesday, which makes forested stream buffers an optional tool to other “substantially equivalent” practices that would preserve water quality and prevent erosion and sedimentation in specially protected watersheds. An [...]

Bill would have PA lawmakers approve Obama’s carbon reduction plan

A bill that would allow legislators to weigh in on a federally mandated plan to cut carbon emissions may see a final vote before lawmakers end this year’s session. President Obama’s new climate change plan set a goal for Pennsylvania to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. The EPA left it up [...]

PUC rejects judges’ decision, orders hearings on Sunoco Logistics pipeline

The Public Utility Commission has ordered more hearings on Sunoco Logistics’ request to bypass local zoning to build structures for facilities along its 300-mile natural gas liquids pipeline. In a 4-1 vote Thursday, the PUC rejected a recommendation from its administrative law judges to dismiss the petition because the company is not a public utility. The commission [...]

Final hurdle cleared for Marcellus gas exports

A federal regulatory agency has approved plans to ship Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania overseas. The decision clears the way to begin converting a former import terminal in the Chesapeake Bay to export liquefied natural gas. Dominion Energy’s Cove Point plant can now move forward with plans to export more than 5 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas each year. [...]

Corbett says he hasn’t seen any ‘intentional violations’ by gas industry

Speaking Thursday at a gas industry trade group conference in Pittsburgh, Governor Corbett said he has yet to see any “intentional violations” by drillers. “Have there been violations? Yeah. And that’s when we have to take action,” Corbett said. “If it happens again, the action gets a little harder. If it happens again, it’s gonna [...]

Budget forces DEP to split regulations for shallow, deep wells

Despite a new state law changing the way oil and gas wells are regulated, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is not going back to the drawing board on a proposed overhaul of the state’s drilling rules. During July budget negotiations, state Republican leaders slipped controversial language into the fiscal code that requires state regulators to [...]

DEP fines pipeline company $250,000 for violations in Lycoming County

The Department of Environmental Protection fined NFG Midstream Trout Run for violating the state Clean Streams Law 13 times over a seven-month stretch beginning in October, 2011. The infractions occurred during the construction of a 16-mile length of pipeline running from a Seneca Resources well pad in McIntyre Township to the Transco transmission pipeline in [...]

Range Resources to pay $4M for violations at western Pa. impoundments

Range Resources will pay a $4.15 million fine for violations at six wastewater impoundments in Washington County. It is the largest penalty the state has imposed on a shale gas driller, the Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday. The violations include leaks of flowback fluid – the liquid that comes back out of a well after [...]

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