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Severance tax could be close, but it doesn’t mean what it used to

Pennsylvania is the only major gas-producing state in the country without a severance tax. It’s been a hot topic in Harrisburg for nearly a decade. Now, as the year winds down, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Republican legislators look like they might get a deal done on a modest severance tax. Capitol Reporter Katie Meyer and [...]

DEP eyes new land for abandoned mine cleanup

Environmental officials in Pennsylvania have long focused on cleaning up the most hazardous old mines, but they plan to start addressing other abandoned mining sites that pose fewer public health dangers. Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, announced Tuesday that his agency is developing a program aimed at converting these spaces [...]

Well pad fire in Somerset County prompts evacuation of nearby residents

Some Somerset County residents were evacuated Thursday morning after firefighters responded to a fire on a natural gas well pad. There were no injuries. Flames and odors of gas were first reported to authorities shortly before 9 a.m., according to a Somerset County 911 incident report. The Tribune Review cited emergency dispatchers who said several [...]

Q&A: Law change expected to boost Pennsylvania’s solar industry

A recent change to Pennsylvania law is expected to give a boost to the state’s solar industry. On Oct. 30, Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill that will provide more protection for home-grown projects and prevent out-of-state solar power from affecting Pennsylvania’s marketplace for alternative energy. StateImpact Pennsylvania discussed the significance of the change with [...]

Lycoming County Waste Water Spill Tops 63,000 Gallons

More than 63,000 gallons of natural gas drilling waste spilled into an unnamed tributary of the Loyalsock Creek this week from a well site in Lycoming County. The spill occurred at a well operated by Colorado-based Inflection Energy, in Eldred Township, about 10 miles north of Williamsport. Neil Shader, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, [...]

‘People are furious’: Wolf aide criticized after downplaying royalty problems

Advocates for Pennsylvania landowners are challenging a statement made recently by one of Governor Tom Wolf’s top aides, after he said complaints over unfair gas royalty payments have subsided. In some cases, Pennsylvania mineral owners have received royalty checks showing negative balances, saying they owe money to drillers. At an energy conference in Hershey last week, [...]

Activists offer pancakes to pipeline workers, are rebuffed

Protesters are continuing to demonstrate against the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Lancaster County. The activists latest tactic Friday morning involved setting up a pancake breakfast picnic on an Amish farm in Conestoga adjacent to a construction site and inviting the pipeline workers to share a meal. About 30 people sang and held [...]

Big power plant ignites political fight in small Pennsylvania town

A wave of new gas-fired power plants is hitting the nation, with uncertain implications for the climate. The local consequences can be just as thorny. JESSUP—The biggest new natural-gas power plant in a state awash with them is taking shape on a mountain ridge overlooking the community it cleaved apart. First came questions about pollution [...]

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