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Landowners brace for start of tree-felling by Constitution Pipeline builders

Landowners in Susquehanna County prepared for a last-minute confrontation with tree-felling crews who were expected to begin clearing forest on Friday to make way for the planned Constitution Pipeline to take natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale into New York State. Opponents of the tree-clearing plan said three landowners in New Milford Township have not [...]

Board approves state’s new oil and gas regulations

The state has moved one step closer to finalizing new oil and gas regulations. The Environmental Quality Board voted Wednesday to approve the Department of Environmental Protection’s updates to Chapter 78 and 78A, the regulations that oversee everything from permitting wells to waste handling and restoration. A majority of the Board (15-4) approved the proposal [...]

House Republicans to revive gas royalties bill

Republicans in the state House are reviving a bipartisan bill aimed at preventing natural gas companies from shortchanging people on royalty money. HB 1391 was introduced last summer and has 37 co-sponsors from both parties. Rep. Garth Everett (R- Lycoming) is the prime sponsor and says he held back on pushing the measure during the [...]

PUC gives Philadelphia utility green light on raising fee to replace leaky gas mains

Philadelphia Gas Works customers will soon be paying a little bit extra to help speed up replacement of the utility’s old, leaky gas mains. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has given PGW the green light to raise its customer infrastructure surcharge by 2.5 percent. For the average consumer, that means paying about $1.65 more on their [...]

Lack of data on fracking spills leaves researchers in the dark on water contamination

A recently published peer-review of the EPA’s fracking study criticized the agency for reaching conclusions in their draft report without adequately explaining the lack of data and research available, including information related to wastewater, chemical and fuel spills resulting from oil and gas production. The EPA’s Science Advisory Board, an independent group of scientists tasked [...]

DEP plans more monitoring to clamp down on methane leaks

Pennsylvania Department on Environmental Protection has announced plans to crack down on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry in ways that exceed new EPA standards. Calling climate change the “greatest environmental issue of our time” DEP secretary John Quigley says Pennsylvania should act as a national leader in curbing fugitive leaks of the [...]

In climate move, Wolf unveils new methane regulations for oil and gas industry

Governor Tom Wolf announced new plans Tuesday to cut methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas sector. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Wolf’s announcement follows a similar move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September. “These are commonsense steps that Pennsylvania can take to protect our air [...]

A coal plant cleans up in Indiana County

The Homer City Generating Station looms like a cathedral in the landscape of Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The plant can be seen for miles near the western foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Four years ago, Homer City—in operation since 1969—was faced with a choice: either clean up to comply with new EPA air rules or close [...]

Enviros ask Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren for FERC investigation

Dozens of environmental groups and activists from the Northeastern U.S. sent a letter to Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren this week, asking for an investigation into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The agency is charged with siting and approving much of the nation’s pipeline infrastructure. “We’re asking for an investigation of FERC and their [...]

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal lands

As part of the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to combat climate change, the Department of Interior announced Friday it will temporarily halt new coal leasing on federal lands. “There was broad agreement the federal coal program was in need of modernization,” says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The leasing moratorium will be in place while agency [...]

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