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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 [...]

PA Petitions Full Supreme Court To Rehear Act 13 Challenge

Changes on the bench at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have prompted two state agencies to petition the court to rehear arguments in an ongoing challenge to the controversial Marcellus Shale drilling law known as Act 13. But whether a new Supreme Court justice will be able to participate in the final ruling is a matter [...]

Klaber to Step Down from Marcellus Shale Coalition

Pennsylvania’s top natural gas trade group is looking for a new leader. The Marcellus Shale Coalition announced on Friday that the current CEO Kathryn Klaber, will be leaving the organization after four years. The MSC was formed by a group of Marcellus Shale producers in late 2009, to be the public face of the state’s [...]

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