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Changes at DEP could delay new oil and gas rules

Long awaited changes to the state’s oil and gas rules may run into some snags with new faces in Harrisburg. But DEP secretary for oil and gas, Scott Perry, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that missing the March 2016 deadline to upgrade regulations would be a “failure.” The state’s new oil and gas law, known as [...]

New year, new severance tax proposals

A bipartisan group of lawmakers say they’ve got the right formula for getting a natural gas tax through the legislature. It would include a 3.2 percent tax on gas production, while keeping the current impact fee.  The group led by Bucks county Republican Representative Gene DiGirolamo, say keeping the impact fee, which helps boost the budgets [...]

DEP slaps Vantage Energy with massive fine for landslide and dumping

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined the Colorado-based Vantage Energy almost $1 million for more than a dozen violations of the state’s Clean Streams Law and the  Oil and Gas Act. The sanction stems from a landslide at the company’s Porter Street well site in Franklin Township, Greene County. But it turns out the landslide [...]

What Wolf’s win means for energy and the environment

Now we know. Democrat Tom Wolf will indeed be taking the reins from Gov. Corbett in just over two months. For the first time since 1954, an incumbent Pennsylvania governor did not either win re-election or cede power to someone from their own party.  That’s an historic loss for Pennsylvania’s GOP, which has been supportive [...]

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 [...]

AP: Drilling law decision leaves unsettled legal landscape

The Associated Press looked this weekend at some more of the potential business and legal consequences of the state Supreme Court’s month-old decision to strike down portions of the state’s drilling law. The court ruled in favor of municipalities who challenged the law’s limits on local zoning of drilling operations. Now business groups whose interests are [...]

Supreme Court sends Act 13 “doctor gag rule” challenge back to lower court

This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on some controversial provisions of Act 13, the 2012 overhaul of the state’s natural gas drilling laws. The justices also weighed in on one provision of the law that makes some medical professionals nervous. They call it the “doctor gag rule.” Act 13 allows physicians to see a [...]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down controversial portions of Act 13

The state Supreme Court struck down several controversial portions of Act 13 today. The 2012 law made major updates to the rules governing Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. In a 4-2 decision, the court held that portions of the law dealing with restrictions on local zoning violate Pennsylvania’s constitution. Chief Justice Ron Castille was joined by justices [...]

Act 13 Grants To Fund Philadelphia’s First Public CNG Station

The state Department of Environmental Protection has announced new grant awards going to support the expansion of compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation. “These grants will help to diversify our vehicle fleet, while expanding the use of natural gas produced right here in Pennsylvania,” Governor Corbett said in a statement. McAneny Brothers Inc. of Cambria [...]

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