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After Standing Rock, pipeline fights continue around U.S.

As authorities clear out the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, battles have flared up in other states, including Pennsylvania, which has become a major hub of natural gas development. Anti-pipeline activists recently launched an encampment in Lancaster County, and they’ve been coordinating with groups around the country. The Lancaster activists want to disrupt construction of the [...]

Philadelphia Gas Works seeks rate hike to boost revenue amid climate change

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY Philadelphia Gas Works is asking the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for a rate hike. Philadelphia Gas Works is asking state regulators for permission to raise its rates and generate $70 million more in revenue because of climate change. Warmer winters and more energy efficient appliances mean customers are using less natural gas, so [...]

StateImpact Pennsylvania eliminates comments section

StateImpact Pennsylvania is announcing today we are eliminating the comments section of our website. The decision follows similar moves by other news organizations, including NPR, which got rid of its comments last summer. Over the years, journalists have debated the value of online comments. In particular, problems have arisen around civility and anonymity. Additionally, the [...]

Pa. owed ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ in royalties from forest drilling

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is owed “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in royalties from natural gas drilling on public forest land, according to an official with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. DCNR has leased 386,000 acres of publicly-owned forest land for drilling, and like private landowners, the government agency had problems getting paid [...]

Townships accused of failing to enforce ordinances over Mariner East 2

Opponents of the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline project are accusing two townships along the route of failing to enforce ordinances that would be violated by the pipeline in those locations. West Goshen Township in Chester County and Thornbury Township in Delaware County have provisions in their zoning ordinances that could force the pipeline’s builder, [...]

Forest drilling to generate $80 million this year

Natural gas drilling in state forests will generate about $80 million in royalties this year, according to an estimate by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. That’s up about $8 million over the previous year. The money will be helpful as Pennsylvania grapples with a potential shortfall of nearly $3 billion, says DCNR Secretary, [...]

Sunoco begins pipeline work at Raystown Lake

The sounds of buzzing chainsaws echoed through the hills around Raystown Lake Thursday afternoon, as contractors for Sunoco Logistics cleared trees to make way for the new Mariner East 2 project. The 8,300 acre lake in Huntingdon County is a popular spot for swimming, boating, hiking, and mountain biking. It draws about 1.5 million visitors [...]

A year later, pipeline report is largely ignored

Pennsylvania has rapidly become a hub for the development of new natural gas pipelines. In recent weeks, billions of dollars worth of projects have been approved by state and federal regulators. Shortly after he took office, Governor Tom Wolf convened a major task force to recommend ways to coordinate planning and best practices for this building boom. [...]

State funding to DEP is inadequate, says advisory panel

An advisory panel to the state Department of Environmental Protection warns consistent cuts to the agency over the last 20 years have reached an “unsustainable level.” In a letter sent Tuesday to state Senate Appropriations Committee chairs Patrick Browne and Vincent Hughes, DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council chairman William Fink says the cuts are threatening the [...]

DEP to hold meeting on decades-long effort to rebuild crumbling DelCo dam

Pennsylvania environmental officials are holding a public meeting Wednesday to discuss developments on a decades-long effort to rebuild a crumbling dam in Delaware County. It comes just over one week after concerns about eroding infrastructure at the Oroville Dam in Northern California forced more than 180,000 people to evacuate their homes. The Broomall Lake Dam [...]

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