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Corbett says taxing natural gas may be a future option

Governor Tom Corbett says he’s thinks taxing natural gas could be an option. Just three weeks before the election, the governor is battling for his political future. In an exclusive interview with StateImpact Pennsylvania, Corbett said he thinks rather than the extraction tax advocated by his Democratic opponent Tom Wolf, it may be better to tax [...]

Water engineer takes the reins at the Delaware River Basin Commission

The Delaware River Basin Commission, the agency that oversees the water supply for more than 15 million people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware has a new director. In recent years the DRBC has found itself in the eye of the storm over natural gas drilling in eastern Pennsylvania. The new executive director, [...]

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, [...]

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