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Group intervenes to defend Delaware River Basin drilling moratorium

A renewed fight over whether to allow natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin intensified when a leading environmental group joined a lawsuit defending a de facto moratorium on gas development in the region. Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) intervened on July 5 in the suit in which the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is defending its [...]

Progressive super-PAC funded by billionaire climate activist comes to PA

At Philadelphia’s Walnut Street headquarters of AFSCME District Council 33 Thursday, labor, community and environmental activists announced the creation of a group called For Our Future, which will be active in Pennsylvania and four other states. The funding comes from wealthy environmentalist Tom Steyer and several national unions including AFSCME, whose national president Lee Saunders [...]

Former environmental secretary hired by University of Pennsylvania

A month after his controversial departure from the state Department of Environmental Protection, former Secretary John Quigley has landed a new job as a Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. “It’s exciting. I am very happy to be at Kleinman,” Quigley tells StateImpact Pennsylvania. [...]

Report: gas industry spent $8 million lobbying Pa. legislature in 2015

The natural gas industry spent $8 million lobbying Pennsylvania politicians last year, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan government reform group, Common Cause/PA, and the Conservation Voters of PA. The project, called MarcellusMoney, is an ongoing effort to track the political influence of Pennsylvania’s gas drillers, who have spent $55.9 million on lobbying [...]

Lawmakers funnel $150K to industry group for Marcellus research (again)

For the third time in as many years, $150,000 has been slipped into the state budget for “independent research” on Marcellus Shale issues. It’s intended for an industry-backed nonprofit called the Shale Alliance for Energy Research (SAFER PA). As StateImpact Pennsylvania previously reported, SAFER PA received a $150,000 earmark two years ago to do Marcellus [...]

Wolf’s energy advisor moves to the Public Utility Commission

Governor Wolf’s energy advisor has a new job. David Sweet, appointed by Wolf to help foster energy related manufacturing in the state will be the newest member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. It’s unclear whether Wolf plans to replace Sweet with a new energy advisor. Sweet did not have a high public profile in [...]

Gas exec apologizes for suggesting Range Resources avoids rich neighborhoods

A senior executive at natural gas driller Range Resources has apologized for suggesting the company tries to avoid putting its wells near big houses, where residents may have the financial means to challenge them. The comment was made by Terry Bossert, Range’s Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, at a legal forum in Harrisburg earlier [...]

Opponents question climate benefits, morality of natural gas

An interfaith group of religious organizations held a rally at the state Capitol Monday, calling on Governor Tom Wolf to halt natural gas development. About 50 people attended the event and asked the governor for what they called a “moral-torium” on unconventional gas development and related infrastructure, such as pipelines. “We are calling on our legislators [...]

Federal trial begins in the case of Dimock’s water contamination

Jury selection begins today in U.S. District Court in Scranton for a fracking contamination case that put the village of Dimock in the crosshairs of the debate over shale gas drilling. Only four plaintiffs remain of the original 44 who filed suit back in 2009. The others have settled with the company, Cabot Oil and [...]

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