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Feds tighten rules for hazardous liquids pipelines such as Mariner East 2

Federal regulators published a new set of rules on Friday to strengthen the safety of pipelines carrying hazardous liquids such as crude oil and the natural gas liquids that would be pumped across Pennsylvania by the planned Mariner East 2 pipeline. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said operators of the approximately 200,000 [...]

Wolf hoping third time’s the charm on severance tax

After failing to pass a natural gas severance tax for the last two years, Governor Tom Wolf is hoping this year, the legislature will get on board with his proposal. Following an event at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia Tuesday evening, Wolf said he plans to ask for a tax on Marcellus Shale [...]

Under proposal, DEP would lose control of revenue from drilling penalties

A Republican state senator wants the legislature, rather than state environmental regulators, to control the money generated by oil and gas violations in Pennsylvania. Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R- Venango) recently sent out a co-sponsorship memo seeking support for new legislation. He sees it as a separation of powers issue. “Traditional legislative powers have drifted toward the [...]

DEP revising erosion and sediment control permits for oil and gas

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is updating the way it handles erosion and sediment control permits related to oil and gas development. A recent internal audit by the department raises questions about the efficacy of its expedited permit review process, which was established in 2012, and allows under certain conditions, a 14-business-day review for an [...]

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline clears major regulatory hurdle

Federal regulators say a large natural gas transmission line planned to run through parts of central Pennsylvania will create limited environmental impacts. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline Friday. The Atlantic Sunrise is a $3 billion expansion of the Transco system. It’s [...]

Court tells EPA to review its rules on oil and gas waste

A federal court directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review and possibly update its regulations on oil and gas waste, in a decision that was welcomed by environmental groups who had sued the agency, claiming its rules have failed to keep pace with the fracking boom. The U.S. District Court for the District of [...]

New federal law adds protection for Delaware River Basin

Protection of the Delaware River watershed got a boost this month when President Obama signed the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act. The act will coordinate existing public and private efforts to protect water quality, improve flood control, manage fish stocks, and enhance public access in the region between upstate New York and the Delaware Bay. Advocates [...]

DEP to launch statewide listening tour in early 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection intends to launch a statewide listening tour early next year, focusing on environmental justice issues related to oil and gas development. Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell says department staff plan to visit every corner of the state. “We’re going into communities where we need to up our game on [...]

Shell proposes bargain to meet pollution targets for ethane cracker

On Thursday, activists asked state regulators to impose strict air and water pollution controls on Shell’s planned ethane cracker in Beaver County. They spoke at a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hearing on the plant’s proposed air and water pollution permits. Shell’s plant would take natural gas from the surrounding region and create polyethylene, a [...]

Pa. environmental chief waiting to see what Trump administration will bring

Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell speaks at an event in the Capitol Rotunda in June.

President-elect Donald Trump is solidifying his cabinet, and he appears poised to reverse of many of the Obama administration’s energy and environmental initiatives—including its signature climate change initiative, the Clean Power Plan. A lot of attention is now turning to how states and local governments will address climate change. Trump recently tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott [...]

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