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Lawmakers consider breaks for oil, gas in tax bills

As lawmakers hash out differences between the tax bills in front of Congress, they must decide whether to keep a proposed tax break for oil and gas investors — and just how big the reduction should be. Both the House and Senate versions cut the tax rate for owners of oil and gas companies that [...]

Ethics complaint filed against Wolf aide who’s married to gas industry lobbyist

A complaint filed with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission alleges a senior aide to Governor Tom Wolf might have illegally blurred the lines between the public’s business and her own. StateImpact Pennsylvania first reported a year ago that Wolf aide Yesenia Bane could be running afoul of state ethics law, when a review of her [...]

Public Health Researcher Issues Dire Warning Over Proposed Ethane Cracker Plant

A public health researcher delivered a dire warning on Monday during a panel on the implications of the planned Royal Dutch Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. “When we allow industry to get way out in front of public health and environmental oversight, we end up counting bodies,” said Dr. Brian Schwartz of the Geisinger Center for Health [...]

Enviro group names names in new anti-pollution campaign

A Pennsylvania environmental group is launching an ad campaign against two large industrial facilities near Pittsburgh. PennFuture is kicking off its “Your Toxic Neighbor” campaign, which will include bus shelter posters throughout Allegheny County, targeting U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works and Shell’s yet-to-be-built ethane cracker in Beaver County. In addition, it has created two websites [...]

Spicer says rolling back regulations helping economy

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a natural gas industry conference in Pittsburgh that oil and gas drillers had a “huge friend in the Oval Office”. That huge friend is President Donald Trump, whose administration has targeted dozens of regulations that effect oil and gas drilling, a push which Spicer said was helping [...]

Sean Spicer to address Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh

AP Photo/Alex Brandon Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer smiles as he departs the White House, Friday, July 21, 2017. In what’s being billed as one of his first public appearances since leaving the Trump administration, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will deliver the closing keynote address at the Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh [...]

Environmental groups score legal win in longwall mining case

Two Pennsylvania environmental groups scored a legal victory in an ongoing challenge to the expansion of the Bailey Mine Complex, the largest underground coal mine in the U.S. The state Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) sided with the Center for Coalfield Justice and the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club Tuesday, overturning a permit revision granted [...]

Gov. Wolf: pipelines necessary to ‘live the life we want’

Governor Tom Wolf is addressing public concerns about pipeline safety, after construction on a major natural gas liquids line was halted by a state judge. Speaking Thursday on WITF’s Smart Talk, Wolf noted pipelines are an integral part of modern life, while stressing the importance of safety. Wolf says he’s spoken directly with Matthew Ramsey, [...]

Pipeline company buys site of protest encampment

The company behind a multi-billion dollar natural gas transmission pipeline planned to run through parts of central Pennsylvania has bought a Lancaster County farm that was being used as headquarters for a protest movement against the project. Nicknamed,The Stand, the farm was home to an encampment that emerged earlier this year shortly after federal regulators [...]

Environmental legal advocate seeks Pa. budget declared unconstitutional

Responding to the Supreme Court’s recent decision bolstering the state’s Environmental Rights Amendment, the environmental lawyer who successfully argued the original case challenging the use of revenue from oil and gas operations on state land for non-conservation activities has asked the Commonwealth Court to declare the current state budget unconstitutional. John Childe, with the Pennsylvania Environmental [...]

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