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Federal court rejects Constitution Pipeline’s lawsuit against NY

A federal appeals court ruled against the Constitution Pipeline Friday, in a challenge it brought against New York State’s denial of a water quality permit. The decision is a major blow to the embattled project, which was planned to run 121 miles, carrying natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania through New York [...]

Trump revokes Obama order protecting infrastructure projects from climate impacts

President Trump has rolled back rules aimed at protecting federal infrastructure projects from rising sea levels and dangerous storms caused by climate change. Trump announced the move on Tuesday, at a press conference touting plans to fast track the building of roads and bridges. Just before engaging in a hostile exchange with reporters over the [...]

Dam removal helps American shad return after disappearing for centuries

For the first time in centuries, the American shad entered the Musconetcong River during its spring spawning migration upriver this year. The Musky, as it’s known to locals, is a tributary of the Delaware in Northwestern New Jersey. The Hughesville Dam, standing 18 feet tall and 150 feet wide, had blocked its way. But with the dam [...]

Pollution buildup at dam could harm Chesapeake Bay cleanup

A decades-long effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, is showing signs of success. But scientists now say progress could be hindered by a hydroelectric dam, located on the Susquehanna River in northern Maryland. The Conowingo Dam has been holding back pollution for nearly a century, but recent research shows it [...]

New Jersey oyster farmers betting on a comeback, climate permitting

Delaware Bay oysters are on their way back after decades of decline. But questions remain on how climate change will impact the resurgence in the South Jersey towns once known for shipping oysters across the country. Last century, the South Jersey communities of Bivalve and Shell Pile in Cumberland County, produced over 1 million bushels [...]

Gas severance tax won’t have big impact in Pennsylvania, says researcher

A natural gas severance tax has been a hot-button issue in Harrisburg for nearly a decade, but the plan recently approved by the state Senate is unlikely to have a major impact–  either in terms of government revenue, or drilling company investment decisions, according to a researcher from the nonpartisan environmental economic think tank, Resources for [...]

Judge approves deal to step up water protection during Sunoco pipeline construction

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Benjamin Eckert, a resident of Chester County’s West Whiteland Township, with some 30 cases of bottled water that Sunoco had delivered to his house after water from his well turned cloudy. Sunoco was drilling nearby for the planned Mariner East 2 pipeline, and hit the aquifer from which Eckert and [...]

Business groups slam energy tax proposal

A coalition of Pennsylvania business groups is pushing back against legislation that would raise energy taxes. A bill approved last month by the Republican-controlled state Senate imposes a new severance tax on natural gas production, and a new gross receipts tax on natural gas consumers.  On Tuesday a coalition of seven business and energy trade [...]

Bill could hurt thousands with old oil and gas leases, say advocates

Language recently slipped into a state budget bill could harm thousands of people with oil and gas leases, say advocates for Pennsylvania mineral owners. The annual budget-related bill, known as the fiscal code, frequently contains questionable earmarks and controversial provisions lawmakers don’t pass through a more transparent, traditional process. This year’s fiscal code was approved by the state Senate [...]

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