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DEP reverses decision over waste water disposal well

The Department of Environmental Protection took the unusual step of reversing its approval of a frack waste water disposal well in Indiana County this week. The decision took both the energy company and the opponents of the disposal well, by surprise. “This is novel, this has not happened previously,” Pennsylvania General Energy vice president Lisa [...]

DCNR examining gas royalty payments ‘very closely’

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources expects to bring in $130 million from natural gas drilling royalties this year. Much of the money will be used to fund the agency’s general operating expenses. At a budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee Monday, acting DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn told legislators it’s a “long-term” [...]

Wolf’s environmental chief questioned on gas tax, new drilling rules

Governor Wolf’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection spent much of Wednesday afternoon defending the new administration’s proposed gas drilling policies at a state House budget hearing in Harrisburg. John Maher (R- Allegheny) began by questioning acting DEP Secretary John Quigley about why the administration quickly disbanded the agency’s Oil and Gas Technical [...]

With new draft rules, DEP steps up oversight of drilling waste

The state Department of Environmental Protection is planning to increase its oversight of oil and gas drilling waste. The department issued new draft regulations which would ban the use of temporary waste storage pits and require drillers to either shut down or upgrade large centralized wastewater impoundment ponds. The waste rules are among other changes to DEP’s [...]

Sunoco backs down in pipeline zoning fight

Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics has withdrawn a request with the state Public Utility Commission to circumvent local zoning in order to build pump and valve structures along its 300- mile Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline. Late last year Mariner 1 partially came online, and it’s already shipping propane across the state. Approximately 15 pump and [...]

Under Wolf plan, conservation agency will still rely on gas royalties

Under the budget proposal Governor Wolf unveiled Tuesday, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will continue to rely heavily on natural gas royalty money to fund its general operating expenses. “Over the past few years, we saw a significant reduction in the amount of our budget supported by the General Fund,” says DCNR [...]

Governor Wolf asks Obama to strengthen oil train safety

Writing that the “potential for disaster is too great to ignore,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has sought help from President Obama regarding oil train safety. In a letter to the President, Wolf wrote the “tools and options available to me are limited.” The recent oil train derailment in West Virginia has focused more attention on [...]

Senator Casey tells Obama Administration to speed up rail safety initiative

In the wake of the fiery oil train derailment last week in West Virginia, which forced dozens of residents to evacuate and had the state’s governor declare a state of emergency, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey says the Obama Administration should speed up authorization for rail safety improvements. Casey says the rules, which included new funding [...]

Federal court weighs in on air emissions controversy in Pa. gas fields

A federal court weighed in on a contentious debate over air emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas sector this week. In Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future v. Ultra Resources Inc., Pennsylvania’s Middle District Court ruled against the environmental group, more commonly known as PennFuture, and in favor of the gas company. But in the 31-page decision, U.S. [...]

Senate committee approves shale gas health bill

A bill to create a Marcellus Shale health advisory panel, which never made it out of committee last year, was approved by the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee unanimously today.  Senate Bill 375, introduced by Senate Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson), would create a nine-member panel to advise the legislature on the health impacts of [...]

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