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Cabot Oil and Gas to pay $99,000 for air quality violations in Susquehanna County

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. will pay $99,000 as part of an agreement with the state environmental protection department, which found air quality violations at natural gas well sites in Susquehanna County. The DEP also said that for 20 wells, Cabot didn’t submit reports that are used to figure out whether the wells would be [...]

Fracking ban proposed for Delaware River basin; ‘significant risks’ cited

The Delaware River Basin Commission on Thursday proposed a ban on fracking for natural gas in the basin. The interstate regulator said it had determined that high-volume hydraulic fracturing “poses significant, immediate and long-term risks” to the waters of the basin, including so-called Special Protection waters that have a high ecological, recreational or scenic value.

Pa. wants to cut methane emissions, but plans moving slowly

Nearly two years ago, the Wolf administration made national headlines by saying it would limit climate-damaging methane emissions produced by Pennsylvania’s drilling industry. But plans the state unveiled Thursday don’t mean much for curbing pollution in the near future. Methane is the main component of natural gas. Compared to carbon dioxide, it’s much more potent as [...]

Sunoco proposes construction change for Mariner East 2, but meets fresh resistance

Sunoco’s plan to change the construction of its Mariner East 2 pipeline in Chester County’s West Whiteland Township is stirring opposition from residents and local lawmakers only five months after a botched drilling operation there spilled fluid, punctured an aquifer and turned drinking water cloudy in some private wells. The company wants to abandon its [...]

FERC sued over alleged ‘unconstitutional’ granting of pipeline certificates

Via NJ Spotlight In another challenge to the expansion of natural-gas pipelines, a conservation group is accusing a federal agency of unlawfully allowing the taking of private land in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Trenton. The lawsuit filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation is the [...]

Special report: How the U.S. Government Hid Fracking’s Risks to Drinking Water

  Most mornings, when his 7-year-old son Ryan gets up for school at 6:55, Bryan Latkanich is still awake from the night before, looking online for another home in some part of Pennsylvania with good schools and good water. Six years ago, Latkanich signed on to let an energy company tap natural gas beneath his property by pumping water, [...]

House begins debating natural gas severance tax

(Harrisburg) — House lawmakers have begun moving a natural gas severance tax through their chamber. It’s major priority for Democrats, who have been trying unsuccessfully to pass one for a decade. But it’s slow going–the bill is saddled with well over 300 amendments. Along with Democrats, the tax is championed by a coalition of moderate, [...]

After recent Mariner East 2 spills, DEP mulls ‘additional enforcement’

Pennsylvania’s environmental regulators are considering tougher restrictions on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline project after a continuing series of drilling fluid spills and violations of environmental laws. A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection said the massive cross-state project has been far more of an enforcement challenge than officials expected because of multiple drilling [...]

Philadelphia explains how it would make deep cut in carbon emissions

The City of Philadelphia on Tuesday unveiled its vision for how to meet its ambitious goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. A report by the city’s Office of Sustainability identifies the sources of carbon emissions, describes how they could be cut, and provides an overview of the low- or no-carbon systems [...]

Philadelphia area refineries urge EPA to reform biofuels credit program

Workers and managers from three Philadelphia-area refineries on Monday urged federal regulators to reform a renewable fuels program that is costing the companies millions of dollars and threatening jobs. Several hundred workers and contractors rallied at Delaware City Refinery to protest the high cost of so-called RINs – credits that refineries like the Delaware facility [...]

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