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PennEast foes say company is making false statements in bid for public support

Opponents of the proposed PennEast Pipeline are accusing its builders of making false statements about what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said about the project. The PennEast website invites supporters to sign a form letter to FERC urging it to give final approval to the project on the basis that FERC has said the [...]

PA environmental regulators to consider health limits for PFOA

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board accepted a request to look at whether to set a health limit for the toxic chemical PFOA in drinking water, the board’s first such decision in its more than 40-year history. The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to accept a petition by the environmental group Delaware Riverkeeper Network which asked it to [...]

Pipeline protesters walk out of DEP hearing, calling it a ‘sham’

Dozens of people walked out of a Department of Environmental Protection hearing Monday in Lancaster County, while wearing surgical masks and accusing state regulators of failing to protect public health and safety. The purpose of the hearing was to accept public comment on an air quality plan for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline– a controversial interstate [...]

PennEast urges new FERC quorum to quickly approve pipeline

PennEast Pipeline Company urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to quickly approve its controversial plan to build a natural gas pipeline through Pennsylvania and New Jersey now that FERC has a quorum of commissioners for the first time since February. The pipeline company said in a letter to FERC dated Aug. 10 that it had met [...]

Judge partially lifts drilling ban on Sunoco pipeline, postpones hearing

A Pennsylvania judge has allowed Sunoco Pipeline to resume horizontal directional drilling at 16 sites along the Mariner East 2 pipeline route.  Previously he had banned drilling throughout the route in response to dozens of water contamination incidents during construction. Judge Bernard Labuskes of the Environmental Hearing Board mostly agreed to a Sunoco request to [...]

PennEast pipeline set for FERC approval after Senate confirms new commissioners

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Roy Christman (left) and William Kellner, protested plans to build the PennEast natural gas pipeline, at a FERC ‘listening session’ near Jim Thorpe, Pa. in 2016 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is likely to issue its final approval to the controversial PennEast Pipeline project through Pennsylvania and New Jersey now [...]

Senate budget measure would outsource environmental permit review

The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday approved a package of budget measures that includes a startling plan to speed up state approval of environmental permits by outsourcing reviews to third parties. The Senate passed by 26-24 a series of amendments designed to end a month-long budget stalemate by providing revenue to pay for a $32 billion [...]

Judge halts all drilling on Mariner East 2 construction

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered a two-week halt to all drilling for the construction of the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline after dozens of water contamination incidents and several environmental violations by the builder, Sunoco Pipeline. Judge Bernard Labuskes of the Environmental Hearing Board suspended drilling until August 7 when a state court will [...]

Judge halts Mariner East 2 construction in West Goshen Township

A judge ordered Sunoco Pipeline to stop work on installing a valve along the Mariner East 2 pipeline route in Chester County’s West Goshen Township, the first time a court has blocked any part of the controversial cross-state project. Administrative law judge Elizabeth Barnes of the Public Utility Commission late Monday granted an interim emergency [...]

Longwall mining bill becomes law, angering environmentalists

Gov. Tom Wolf declined on Friday to veto a bill that makes it easier to develop a long-wall coal mine beneath a state park in Greene County, allowing it to become law despite pressure from environmentalists who say it will damage streams. Senate Bill 624 allows the Department of Environmental Protection to issue permits for [...]

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