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Sunoco scores legal victory in eminent domain case for Mariner East 2

A Pennsylvania judge this week handed Sunoco Logistics its first court victory in a battle to assert eminent domain over privately owned land where it plans to build its cross-state Mariner East 2 pipeline. Judge Edward Guido of the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas rejected arguments by six local landowners that Sunoco has no [...]

DEP: Unauthorized drilling fluid contaminated Potter County aquifer

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a “Notice of Violation” to a gas drilling company that contaminated a drinking water aquifer in Potter County two weeks ago. The DEP says the incident polluted at least five private drinking water supplies with a surfactant not approved by the agency for use in drilling through ground [...]

NPR: Hear how energy policy helps Bush put the ! In Jeb!

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s energy levels have been an ongoing topic of conversation during the presidential campaign — probably much more than Bush would prefer. Rival Donald Trump has repeatedly needled Bush for bringing a “low energy” to the campaign trail, even posting a fake advertisement on Instragram offering Bush as a sleeping aide. The digs [...]

DEP hears differing views on EPA climate plan

State regulators heard comments on how quickly it should address the EPA’s plan to curb carbon emissions Monday night in Pittsburgh. Around 100 people came to a DEP listening session where more than three dozen speakers discussed the economic benefits of energy efficiency, the health effects of air pollution, and whether cutting carbon will hurt [...]

Gas developers urged to be transparent in applications to municipalities

Natural gas companies seeking municipalities’ permission to build well pads should disclose every aspect of their plans to residents and local officials and should do so with a respectful approach to local sensitivities, experts said on Thursday. Attendees at the annual Shale Insight conference, hosted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition trade group, were offered guidance [...]

Giuliani urges shale industry to fight ‘irrational’ public fear of fracking

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Wednesday urged the natural gas industry to mount a public-relations campaign to overcome what he said was an irrational fear of fracking among some sections of the public. Speaking to Pennsylvania industry professionals at the annual Shale Insight conference in Philadelphia, Giuliani said the industry is being [...]

Philadelphia ‘sniffing’ for methane leaks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY Michael Groves, PGW Senior Pipe Mechanic climbs out of a hole on Van Pelt Street after inspecting a new main gas line in North Philadelphia. There is a lot of construction work going on in downtown Philadelphia as crews with the city’s natural gas utility rip up the streets to replace some of [...]

False positive results of radioactivity suspected in Greene County stream

New test results from a Greene County stream show much lower levels of radioactivity than state samples revealed last year, leading one researcher to suspect the state came up with a false positive. More tests are expected in the coming months to determine if high levels of radium are seeping out of an abandoned mine [...]

Plans scrapped for drilling waste in PA’s Grand Canyon

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY A drill worker covered in mud, shale, and drill cuttings seals off a well and cleans the blowout preventer at a Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill site in Kingsley, Pa. A waste disposal company has backed off its controversial plan to use 400,000 tons of natural gas drill cuttings to help [...]

PA climate change report warns of hotter summers, destructive storms, floods

Prepare for longer, hotter summers, more rain, more destructive storms, and bankrupt ski resorts. That’s the conclusion of a team from Penn State on what Pennsylvanians can expect from climate change. By 2050, Philadelphia temperatures will be more like Richmond, and Pittsburgh will be like Washington, D.C. In fact, Pennsylvania has already warmed by 1° [...]

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