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Pennsylvania DEP trying to forge new strategy for pipelines

John Quigley, Acting Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection, says he wants to try to incorporate planning strategies for what some say is now a maddening and chaotic rush to build new natural gas pipelines across every county in Pennsylvania. “We’re not under any illusion to reduce impact to zero,” Quigley told StateImpact. “There’s [...]

Pipeline opponents target Drexel University

Academics are now getting caught up in mounting opposition to Pennsylvania’s pipeline building boom. Twenty local anti-fracking and pipeline opposition groups have signed off on a letter calling on Drexel University to distance itself from an economic analysis of the PennEast pipeline published by the Philadelphia-based Econsult and Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. The [...]

Feds approve another pipeline expansion to accommodate Marcellus Shale

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved an addition to the interstate Transco pipeline that will help more Marcellus Shale gas get to New Jersey. The Leidy Southeast line is essentially a series of “loops” totaling about 30 miles planned for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. FERC overruled objections from environmentalists who say the line [...]

Pennsylvania gets no property tax from expanding pipelines

While Pennsylvania gains no tax revenue from expanding pipelines, that’s not the case across the river in New Jersey. The Allentown Morning-Call reports on how the proposed Penn East pipeline is expected to generate $54,000 for Delaware Township, New Jersey, and $329,000 each year to the local county and school district. But on the Pennsylvania side [...]

Proposed Pipeline Project to Get Federal Scrutiny

Federal regulators announced this week that a controversial pipeline expansion project will undergo an extensive environmental review. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate pipelines, will do an environmental impact statement on the $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Project. Oklahoma-based Williams has proposed an expansion to their Transco natural gas pipeline, which would run through [...]

Pa. DEP Fines Pipeline Company for Spills in Lycoming County

The Department of Environmental Protection fined PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering $150,000 for polluting High Quality and Exceptional Value streams in the fall of 2011. Following up to a complaint, DEP investigators found pipeline construction activity caused bentonite to spill into Larry’s Creek, which the company failed to report. Subsequent inspections found more violations of the [...]

Tax Breaks for Natural Gas Pipelines on the Chopping Block

E&E Daily reports today on how the oil and gas industry finances a large part of its infrastructure through a corporate tax-free structure called a “master limited partnership.” These MLP’s have grown in recent years to keep up with the shale boom. But E&E reports some congressional tax-reformers want to eliminate the “MLP’s.” Capital spending [...]

Lovers of Pa.’s Loyalsock Forest Fight to Limit Drilling There

Deep in the Loyalsock State Forest, where no cell phone signal reaches, the sounds of rushing waterfalls and forest birds are suddenly interrupted by the sound of a helicopter. Paul Zeph of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society says the noise could be related to gas drilling. Drillers will often drop seismic testing equipment into remote areas [...]

Commonwealth Pipeline Project Suspended

This just in from the Associated Press. The planned 120-mile natural gas pipeline that would ship Marcellus gas from Lycoming County to Chester County has been suspended indefinitely. More from the AP: The groups behind the project announced on their website that the project is being suspended. No reason is being given, but the group [...]

Pete Seeger to Strum for Fractivists in Milford

Iconic folk singer and activist Pete Seeger plans to play a benefit concert in northeast Pennsylvania this summer to support a new group created by Tennessee Gas Pipeline opponents. Activists have been staging sit-ins and protests to prevent the construction of an expanded natural gas pipeline through Pike County. Milford resident, and anti-pipeline activist, Jolie [...]

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