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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 [...]

Ethics Filing Shows Corbett Took Free Vacation from Businessman with Ties to Gas Industry

In July 2011, Governor Corbett took a vacation to Rhode Island that was paid for by a central Pennsylvania businessman with ties to the natural gas drilling industry. The trip was noted in a November revision to Corbett’s  annual statement of financial interests with the State Ethics Commission. It shows that John Moran, Jr. spent $1,422 on air [...]

Four Townships Say They’re Still Owed Impact Fee Money

Four Pennsylvania townships that have had their impact fee payments withheld say the Public Utility Commission has no right to deny them the money authorized by the state’s new drilling law. Those same four municipalities have sued to have aspects of the new law, Act 13, overturned. A state appeals court ruled in their favor, [...]

Mystery Money Flowed to Corbett Campaign

The Center for Public Integrity has published an investigative piece that raises questions about the source of campaign contributions to Gov. Corbett during his 2010 race for governor against Democrat Dan Onorato. By election day, CPI reports that $6 million flowed into Corbett’s campaign coffers through the Republican Governor’s Association. But the source of one [...]

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