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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 [...]

Obama’s interior secretary says fracking bans are ‘wrong way to go’

President Obama’s Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, says recent local and statewide bans on fracking are the “wrong way to go” and based on a misunderstanding of science. Jewell, who is the government’s chief custodian of federal land and a former petroleum engineer, was speaking with San Francisco public radio station, KQED. From KQED: [...]

Environmental groups ask feds to reconsider Constitution Pipeline

Environmental groups are asking federal regulators to reconsider their decision to approve a new pipeline that would deliver natural gas from Northeast Pennsylvania to markets in New York and New England. The Constitution Pipeline got the green light in early December, but Moneen Nasmith, an attorney representing the environmental groups, says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [...]

Feds approve Pennsylvania’s water quality report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval to Pennsylvania’s water quality monitoring assessment. The bi-annual report is required under the federal Clean Water Act. Pennsylvania has six major river basins within its borders. The 2014 report includes two major changes to river listings: the Monongahela River, which was listed as impaired for potable [...]

2014: DEP stepped up enforcement of industry with hefty fines

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection ended the year with some pretty large lumps of coal for a few misbehaving natural gas drillers. And those penalties contrast sharply with previous years. In September, the DEP issued a $4.1 million dollar fine against driller Range Resources – the highest penalty it has levied against a driller. The agency [...]

DEP reaches $800,000 settlement with pipeline company

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced an $800,000 settlement today with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, for multiple violations of Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law. The incidents took place in four north-central Pennsylvania counties during 2011 and 2012. The company has agreed to pay a  $210,000 penalty and fund a $540,000 clean-up program of illegal [...]

What New York’s fracking ban means for drilling along the Delaware river

The surprise decision by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking and prevent the development of Marcellus Shale gas in that state could have ripple effects in eastern Pennsylvania. New York issued a lengthy scientific report on potential health and environmental impacts Wednesday. And Cuomo’s subsequent decision could mean a permanent ban on drilling [...]

Drilling companies agree to pay workers $4.5 million in back wages

The United States Department of Labor is cracking down on energy companies operating in the Marcellus Shale, requiring them to pay nearly $4.5 million in back pay to workers. The enforcement is part of a multiyear initiative conducted by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division in Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh. It involved 5,300 workers in [...]

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