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23 arrested protesting Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Twenty-three people were arrested and charged with defiant trespassing Monday after they blocked construction equipment for the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County. The showdown between the pipeline company and the protesters has been in the making since the project was first announced three years ago. The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is being built [...]

Protesters park cars to blockade Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline work site

Anti-pipeline activists in Lancaster County formed a vehicle blockade Monday that temporarily obstructed access to a work site for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. Protesters parked 16 cars along Witmer Road in Manor Township to impede workers’ access to a horizontal directional drill site where the pipeline builder, Williams, intends to install the line under the Conestoga [...]

House assigns blame as budget talks crash; Wolf draws “line in the sand”

The latest push to finish Pennsylvania’s late, unbalanced budget has melted down. After several false starts, talks between House Democrats and Republicans dissolved into fights Wednesday over who’s at fault for the chamber’s inability to find consensus on a tax package. Meanwhile Governor Tom Wolf declared himself “done” playing games, and unexpectedly announced he’ll balance [...]

Former DEP official tapped to lead EPA regional office

The Trump administration intends to name former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Southeast Regional Director Cosmo Servidio as head of EPA’s Region 3 office, according to two people familiar with the move. Region 3 covers the Mid-Atlantic, encompassing Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Servidio was named DEP Southeast Regional [...]

Controversy over Wagner’s severance tax remarks

A state senator running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination next year has been urging fellow Republicans not to support a natural gas severance tax–in part because he thinks it would help Democratic Governor Tom Wolf politically. Senator Scott Wagner’s remarks on the subject were recorded secretly by a campaign tracker. They don’t constitute an ethics [...]

Police, protesters prepare for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline construction

Police are expected to have an almost constant presence in Lancaster County during construction later this month of the Atlantic Sunrise interstate natural gas pipeline. Brett Hambright, of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office says he’s hoping planned protests against the project are peaceful but, “we’re not naive to the point we think this would [...]

Pipeline critics say blog post seeks to discredit them with ‘fake news’

Opponents of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 and other pipelines have disavowed an anonymous blog post that linked them to a supposed attack on construction equipment used for the Pennsylvania pipeline. The post, with the headline “Action Against Mariner East 2 Pipeline” had originally claimed an act of sabotage was done in solidarity with groups opposing [...]

FERC not a rubber stamp, says new commissioner

Rob Powelson, a commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently appointed by President Donald Trump, defended FERC’s track record with interstate pipeline projects. Pipeline opponents say FERC is a captured agency that does not look critically at industry proposals. “I take exception to people who say we rubber stamp projects,” Powelson told StateImpact [...]

Police say they don’t want to clash with pipeline protesters

Natural gas infrastructure has been the target of organized demonstrations since the Marcellus Shale boom began a decade ago, but law enforcement agencies aren’t interested in putting protesters behind bars, according to panel speakers at a natural gas industry conference Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Panelists told attendees at a breakout session at the David L. Lawrence [...]

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