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Wolf says PA will move forward on Clean Power Plan

The Wolf administration says it will continue with plans to comply with new federal mandates to reduce the state’s carbon emissions despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, which put a hold on Obama’s landmark effort to combat climate change. In a surprise move, the court issued a stay on implementation of [...]

Low gas price cuts impact-fee revenue for Pa. counties and municipalities

Pennsylvania’s local authorities will lose millions of dollars in fees from the natural gas industry this year because of lower gas prices in 2015. The Public Utility Commission announced on Jan. 30 that mostly because of the sharp fall in gas prices, it would be reducing the amounts paid to municipalities and counties from impact [...]

Fracking in the forests: environmental groups ask for more public input

A coalition of 11 Pennsylvania environmental groups is urging the state to create a more formal public participation process when it comes to major land use decisions involving state forests, such as leasing mineral rights for oil and gas development. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is currently finalizing an update of [...]

Gas royalties from state forest land drop sharply

Pennsylvania is getting a lot less royalty money from Marcellus Shale drilling on state forest land this year due to the low price of natural gas, according to a new analysis from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. “We’re seeing a large drop off, year-over-year, in the royalty payments,” says IFO director Matthew Knittel. “For the [...]

Fuel oil spills into Schuylkill River

Environmental clean up crews continue to remediate the site of a 4200-gallon heating oil spill, some of which has contaminated the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. A strong hydro-carbon odor is present in the area of contamination, which appears as a reddish sheen of oil. The City’s Office of Emergency Management says the leak resulted in [...]

NJ homeowners hire D.C. law firm to fight PennEast pipeline

Homeowners in Hunterdon and Mercer Counties have joined together to hire a D.C. law firm to fight the construction of the controversial PennEast pipeline that would carry Marcellus Shale gas to Northeast markets. The move marks a preemptive strike by residents along a wealthier stretch of the 114-mile long proposed pipe, aiming to fight off [...]

Seven arrested at pipeline task force meeting

Seven people were arrested for disorderly conduct after they disrupted the final meeting of Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force in Harrisburg Wednesday. The protesters shouted as they were escorted out of the meeting by Capitol Police:

Wolf to target methane emissions from oil and gas industry

Governor Tom Wolf will make a major announcement Tuesday about his administration’s efforts to combat climate change. He is expected to target methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Gretchen Dahlkemper of the group Moms Clean Air Force is scheduled to meet with Wolf and other parents ahead of a Facebook town hall meeting he’s [...]

Science panel faults EPA fracking probe for excluding baseline water testing

The Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark investigation into the impact of fracking on drinking water lacked baseline testing that would have made its results more illuminating, according to a scientific panel that assessed it, and independent analysts. The Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel, a unit of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), published its evaluation of [...]

Amid pressure, Penn State adds climate change to strategic plan

Penn State University is addressing the threat of climate change in an update of its five-year strategic plan, following pressure from students, faculty, and staff. Last month they delivered an online petition to university administrators, which attracted 7,180 signatures from people around nation and the globe. “It’s a really huge step for this university,” says Peter Buckland, a fellow at [...]

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