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Rep. Greg Vitali feels burned after losing committee assignment

2017 hasn’t gotten off to a great start for state Rep. Greg Vitali (D- Delaware). The outspoken environmental advocate learned Thursday he would no longer serve as Democratic chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy committee. Instead, Vitali was reassigned to chair the State Government committee, a post he’s considering declining. He views the move [...]

Wolf vetos bill aimed at giving legislators more control over regulations

Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature this week that attempted to give lawmakers more influence over regulations proposed by state agencies. “It overreaches into executive authority,” Wolf said in veto message. “This bill has the potential to grind the regulatory review process to a halt.” SB 562 amended Pennsylvania’s [...]

Video: Clinton and Trump advisers debate energy and environmental policy

If you watched the three presidential debates, you may have noticed there was very little discussion of energy and environmental issues. Notably, the debate moderators did not ask a single question about climate change. But the Clinton and Trump campaigns did delve into these topics in a debate Tuesday evening between Clinton’s energy adviser Trevor [...]

Pa. Senate environmental panel chair bemoans ‘lack of leadership’ on Marcellus

Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) speaking at the Midstream PA conference in State College. State Senator Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is sharply criticizing his fellow Pennsylvania public officials, for what he calls a lack of leadership on Marcellus Shale natural gas issues. He has an influential position in Harrisburg as [...]

Feds look deeper into Chesapeake Energy’s accounting practices

Chesapeake Energy, which is facing a royalty owners revolt here in Pennsylvania, will have to share more details of their accounting practices with the U.S. Department of Justice. The company revealed in a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the Justice Department has subpoenaed records on the gas driller’s accounting methods [...]

Legislative scorecard finds waning support for environmental bills in 2015-16

Pennsylvania’s state lawmakers voted less often for pro-environment legislation and more often for bills that would weaken environmental protection in the 2015-16 legislative session than they did the previous year, according to a tally published by four environmental groups on Wednesday. An annual legislative scorecard from PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action and Conservation [...]

Why the oil and gas industry is not giving to Trump

One thing we can say about this year’s presidential election, it’s not following the rules of the game.  Take the oil and gas industry for example. Although Donald Trump is the keynote speaker at the annual Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh this week, industry executives and employees have not been opening their wallets to the [...]

Bradford County ramps up campaign for gas royalties bill

About 700 people attended a meeting in Bradford County Wednesday night where state and local officials urged them to contact legislative leaders in Harrisburg about a bill aimed at ensuring gas companies pay fair royalties. For years people in the region have complained some drilling companies charge exorbitant, and possibly fraudulent fees for processing gas– [...]

Pipeline protesters show solidarity with Native Americans in North Dakota

Protesters staged demonstrations across the country Tuesday in solidarity with Native Americans trying to stop an oil pipeline from being built on their land in North Dakota. The anti-pipeline demonstrations took place in Lebanon and Lancaster counties, as well as in Philadelphia, where President Obama made a visit to stump for his former rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. [...]

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 [...]

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