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Public will get to weigh in on Loyalsock forest drilling plans

Facing mounting public pressure, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today it will seek public comments on controversial plans to expand natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest. At issue is a 25,000 acre swath of the forest known as the Clarence Moore lands– a treasured area for wildlife and recreation.  DCNR’s [...]

U.S. Department of Energy seeks to curb methane emissions from gas infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a series of initiatives aimed a curbing methane emissions from the nation’s natural gas infrastructure. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. It’s released by livestock, landfills, and oil and gas production. Methane accounts for about 9 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution, but [...]

Federal regulators to hold meetings on proposed pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is planning to hold four public meetings throughout Pennsylvania next week to discuss a proposed expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline system. FERC regulates interstate pipelines. Last week the agency announced it would conduct an environmental impact statement on the project and is accepting public comments through August 18th. [...]

Audit questions whether Pa. lawmakers understand fracking

A key question during Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom centers on how much damage it’s done to water resources. According to new information released this week by the state Department of Environmental Protection, water supplies around the commonwealth have been damaged by oil and gas operations 209 times since the end of 2007. This is the [...]

Audit faults DEP response to gas drilling water complaints

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection failed to adequately track and respond to public complaints about water quality related to natural gas development, according to a report released today by the state Auditor General’s Office. Auditors found the department lacking in eight key areas — citing it for sloppy record-keeping, lax oversight of drilling waste and [...]

Budget may force Pa. back to square one on drilling regulations

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection may have to go back to the drawing board in its two-year overhaul of drilling regulations, because the new state budget contains language changing the rules for oil and gas wells. Governor Corbett signed the legislature’s $29 billion spending plan yesterday. The new well regulations were among other items slipped [...]

New gas well regulations slipped into budget bill

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports state Republican leaders have inserted controversial last-minute language to one of the budget bills that would change how Pennsylvania’s natural gas wells are regulated. The bill requires state regulators to distinguish between two types of oil and gas wells– conventional, shallow wells, and deeper modern unconventional shale wells. From the Inquirer: [...]

New York’s highest court allows towns to ban fracking

New York State’s highest court ruled today that towns are allowed to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders. From the New York Times: The two towns at the center of the case – Dryden, in rural Tompkins County, and Middlefield, in Otsego County – amended their zoning laws in recent years to ban fracking, on [...]

Legislators seeking an extra $20 million from forest leasing

State legislators are looking to expand gas leasing of public parks and forests to raise more revenue in an effort close this year’s budget gap. Lawmakers are set to vote on a $29.1 billion spending plan today that anticipates $95 million in revenue from leasing more public land to drillers– that’s $20 million more than [...]

EPA withholding release of report on earthquakes linked to disposal wells

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding back the release of a report on earthquakes related to drilling and related operations, EnergyWire reports.  A team of EPA officials has been looking into concerns that deep injection wells – where wastewater from oil and gas drilling is disposed underground – have caused a spate of earthquakes in [...]

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