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Climate Change: The engineer’s dilemma

This week ministers from 190 nations will be in Paris to hammer out a treaty to cut carbon dioxide emissions. It’s a geo-political gathering aimed at staving off the worst impacts of climate change – including sea level rise. Predictions of how high and how soon oceans will rise keep changing. And that leaves town [...]

Gas leaks: A hidden culprit for dead trees

Street trees can be especially vulnerable to pests, disease, and lack of water. But it turns out a hidden culprit could also be killing trees — gas leaks. Here’s something most people who work for gas companies know, when you want to sniff out a leak check for dead or dying vegetation. Evidence for this [...]

Wolf: budget framework in “deep peril”

A tentative outline for a state budget looks like it could crumble this week, dealing a bitter reality check to Governor Tom Wolf and the top lawmakers who said they could deliver a spending plan by Thanksgiving. “Unfortunately, that work looks like it’s in peril, deep peril,” said Wolf on Monday. He made his remarks [...]

Philadelphia “energy hub” opponents lash out at community meeting

Katie Colaneri/StateImpact Pennsylvania Southwest Philadelphia resident Teresa Hill speaks at a community meeting organized by opponents of the proposed “energy hub” plan. As business and political interests in Philadelphia push to make the city an “energy hub” for processing and utilizing Marcellus Shale gas, opponents lashed out against the idea at a community meeting Tuesday night. [...]

Pipeline opponent cleared of wrongdoing after speaking out at public meeting

A Lancaster County schoolteacher and opponent of the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline had a disorderly conduct conviction against her thrown out by a county judge Tuesday. In April, 54-year-old Kimberly Kann was arrested for failing to follow special meeting rules in Conestoga Township, which permitted people to ask questions but barred them from making statements. During the meeting Kann stood [...]

Gas tax unlikely part of tentative budget deal

Legislative leaders and the Wolf administration said Monday they have a rough map to reach a final budget deal by Thanksgiving. “This is the first time I think that we’ve seen a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Jeff Sheridan, spokesman for Governor Tom Wolf. The details remain fuzzy. The Wolf administration says [...]

Pipeline Critics, Encouraged by Keystone Decision, Call for Halt to Mariner East 2

Opponents of a plan by Sunoco Logistics to pump natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania renewed their call on Saturday for the company to abandon the project, less than 24 hours after President Obama killed the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project. The critics gathered outside a Sunoco Logistics pumping station in Mechanicsburg to urge the company [...]

Canadian police visited Pennsylvania to learn about fracktivists

Canadian police visited their American counterparts in Williamsport last year to learn more about how to deal with public resistance to shale gas development. After a protest against exploratory seismic testing in Rexton, New Brunswick turned violent, six members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) took a three-day trip to Williamsport in June 2014, [...]

U.S. Postal Service subpoenas Chesapeake Energy over royalty payments

Chesapeake Energy has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Postal service, seeking information on its royalty practices, according to a regulatory filing. As StateImpact Pennsylvania has previously reported, the Oklahoma City-based driller faces a slew of disputes and complaints over how it pays royalties. A year ago, Chesapeake disclosed that it had been subpoenaed by the [...]

Poll finds voters still want new tax on gas drillers

The latest public opinion poll from Franklin and Marshall College shows solid public support for a new tax on the state’s natural gas drillers. But the levy remains one of the hot topics that continue to stall state budget negotiations in Harrisburg. As the budget impasse drags on into its fourth month, F&M pollster Terry Madonna [...]

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