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Environmental group: Methane pollution higher than PA thinks

An environmental group says that Pennsylvania’s gas drilling industry is releasing much more methane into the atmosphere than the state is reporting. Scientists at the Environmental Defense Fund calculated Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale industry is emitting twice as much methane as companies are reporting to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. The analysis, posted to the [...]

Sierra Club, Brunner Island agree: Plant will move from coal to natural gas

A coal-fired power plant in York County has agreed to burn cleaner natural gas under a settlement reached with the Sierra Club. The Brunner Island Power Plant had come under fire by environmentalists for air and water pollution. The Sierra Club and Talen Energy, which operates the plant, have reached an agreement to avoid a [...]

In New Jersey, opponents of offshore drilling gear up for a fight

Jim Lovgren is a third-generation fisherman and captains the Shadowfax. At the Fisherman’s Coop in Point Pleasant New Jersey recently, he watched as about a half-dozen men sorted freshly caught scup — or porgies — into bins. “These fish they’ll be put in a cooler by tonight,” he said. “There could be 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of [...]

Pittsburgh suburbs decide as fracking comes near: Welcome it, or resist?

Michael Thomas didn’t think the Marcellus shale industry, with its multi-acre well pads and large drilling operations, would come to the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum. But then one day last summer, it did. “I was on vacation and I got an e-mail from a council member that said, ‘Are you going to the meeting tonight?’” [...]

Sunoco to resume work, pay $12.6 million for Mariner East 2 pipeline violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is issuing a $12.6 million civil penalty against Sunoco Pipeline, LLP  for permit violations related to the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. DEP suspended construction on the pipeline January 3 and directed the company to explain how it planned to prevent drilling mud spills – known as “inadvertent [...]

PennEast pipeline seeks eminent domain, plus U.S. marshals to protect workers

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA A landowner rips up an offer of compensation from PennEast at a rally February 2, 2018. The PennEast Pipeline Co. filed eminent domain notices in federal court to obtain access to land owned by dozens of people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who have refused its offers of compensation for building the proposed natural gas pipeline on their property. Court documents were filed [...]

Audio: Governor Wolf wants faster permitting for oil and gas

Gov. Tom Wolf’s efforts to speed up the state’s environmental permitting process was among the main topics of discussion on the latest broadcast of The Confluence, a news program on Pittsburgh’s 90.5 FM WESA. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Reid Frazier spoke about what impact Wolf’s efforts to hire 35 more Department of Environmental Protection inspectors, could have for the state’s [...]

Wolf’s campaign website has misleading claims about his environmental record

Gov. Tom Wolf, in this Dec., 2015 file photo, said a plastic bag bill would have violated the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution.

At the top of Governor Tom Wolf’s list of accomplishments on his reelection campaign website is an inaccurate claim he instituted a moratorium on natural gas drilling. The site says one of the Democrat’s first actions was to enact a “gas drilling moratorium on Pennsylvania’s state parks.” There are two things wrong with that statement.

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