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Corbett agrees to hold off on new gas leases on state lands pending lawsuit

The Corbett administration has agreed to hold off on leasing any more state land for natural gas drilling until a case challenging the practice is settled. In exchange, the environmental group suing the stateagreed not to challenge the use of state conservation money to fund the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Pennsylvania Environmental [...]

Pennsylvania cuts funding to Delaware River commission

Pennsylvania is cutting its share of funding to the agency that oversees issues from water quality to flood management in the Delaware River watershed, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports. The Delaware River Basin Commission, or DRBC, is run by the federal government and the governors of the four states that share the watershed – New York, [...]

Gas driller Cabot wins Governor’s Community Impact Award

Governor Tom Corbett recognized Cabot Oil and Gas with a Community Impact Award at a ceremony today in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The award goes to companies that “[exemplify] the tenet of ‘doing well by doing good,’” according to the Department of Community and Economic Development’s website.  Spokesman George Stark said Cabot was nominated by the Northern [...]

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 [...]

Shell Goes Out To Bid For Ethane, Next Step Toward Proposed Cracker Plant

Shell Oil Co. announced today that the company is looking for ethane suppliers for its proposed cracker plant in Monaca, Beaver County. The deal is far from done on the facility, but Shell said in a project update that “securing additional ethane supply is one of the key components in determining next steps as part [...]

Townships Say PA Prematurely Appealing Act 13 Challenge to Supreme Court

The group of Pennsylvania townships challenging the Act 13 local preemption has filed their response to the state’s petition to have the case reargued to include a new Supreme Court justice. In the answer filed by the group’s attorneys, the municipalities call it a “premature” appeal that “opens up a ‘Pandora’s Box’ for all matters [...]

Corbett Defends Impact Fee Over Severance Tax

While making a stop in Philadelphia to tout the benefits of natural gas development to the Delaware Valley, Governor Tom Corbett defended his insistence on imposing an “impact fee” rather than a “severance tax.” His remarks made at the industry sponsored Keystone Energy Forum came just a day after the Public Utility Commission announced the [...]

Using Abandoned Mine Drainage to Frack

In the Susquehanna River Basin, just one well can use an average of 4.4 million gallons of water during a frack job, which can last several days to a week. The majority of that water comes from Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams. Meanwhile, more than 4,000 miles of streams polluted by abandoned coalmine drainage flow through Pennsylvania’s forests, [...]

Corbett Touts Energy Jobs in Budget Address

There were no mentions of Pennsylvania beating Texas to become the nation’s new “energy state,” but Governor Tom Corbett spent almost four minutes talking energy in Tuesday’s 2013 budget address. Corbett praised the job-creation of Pennsylvania’s burgeoning energy sector, saying it resulted in “hundreds of thousands of new jobs.” But what Corbett didn’t talk about, [...]

While Touting Transparency, Corbett Declines to Explain Free Vacation

At a press conference promoting a new government transparency website, Corbett refused to explain why he accepted a free vacation from a friend and campaign donor who does business with the natural gas industry.

At a press conference to promote a new government transparency website, Governor Corbett was reluctant to answer questions about a free vacation he took to Rhode Island last year, paid for by a friend who does business with the natural gas industry. StateImpact Pennsylvania first reported the trip, which was originally omitted from Corbett’s filing with the [...]

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