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Gas royalties bill likely dead this session

A bill aimed at addressing allegations natural gas drilling companies are cheating Pennsylvania landowners out of royalty money appears to be dead this legislative session. HB 1391 was introduced following years of complaints some drillers charge exorbitant fees for processing gas. In Pennsylvania’s northern tier, people have received notices their royalty account has a negative balance, saying [...]

Senate OKs resolution to review Pennsylvania environmental laws

The state Senate voted 27-21 Tuesday to approve a resolution requiring a top-to-bottom analysis of Pennsylvania’s environmental laws and regulations, in an effort to ascertain which ones are more stringent than federal rules. Supporters say it helps streamline government and encourages economic growth, while environmental groups say it’s aimed at rolling back important standards. Sen. Michele Brooks (R- Crawford) [...]

Group seeks to restrict the use of eminent domain

A newly-formed citizens’ coalition is pushing to change the way eminent domain is applied in Pennsylvania. The group, called Protect Our Pennsylvania, held a rally at the State Capitol Tuesday. Their primary focus is limiting the seizure of private property for pipeline projects. The group’s spokesman, Eric Friedman, cites Sunoco Logistic’s proposed Mariner East 2 project, [...]

Federal task force recommends safety upgrades for gas storage facilities

A federal task force has issued new safety recommendations for gas storage facilities, following the largest methane leak in U.S. history. The report released Tuesday comes in the wake of the massive leak at the Aliso Canyon storage field in Los Angles County, California, which sent more than 90,000 metric tons of methane into the [...]

Gas industry sues over new drilling rules

A trade group representing Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry has filed a lawsuit seeking to block portions of new drilling regulations. It’s the latest move in a fierce political battle over the rules, which took effect last week. The lawsuit was filed in Commonwealth Court Thursday by the Marcellus Shale Coalition. This is the first time the trade [...]

Parents call on Wolf to regulate methane

A group of parents from around Pennsylvania is urging Governor Tom Wolf to regulate methane emissions. They held a conference in the State Capitol Thursday, flanked by their children, whom they say are affected most harshly by pollution caused by the state’s oil and gas industry. The governor promised in January that oil and gas [...]

Advocates urge last-minute vote to save PA pipeline safety law

An effort to preserve and expand a Pennsylvania law designed to protect underground pipes and cables from accidental damage by construction work has almost run out of time in Harrisburg. A state bill to amend the Underground Utility Line Protection Act was on Wednesday, still due for consideration by a Pennsylvania House committee, this just [...]

After bitter fight, new Marcellus Shale regulations set to take effect

After wending their way through a convoluted, controversial five-year process, new regulations for Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale drillers are set to take effect Saturday. The intense political battle has been unlike anything Kurt Klapkowski has seen in his nearly 23-year career at the state Department of Environmental Protection. Over the years there have been efforts to slow down [...]

Trade group seeks to block new drilling rules

An oil and gas trade group is seeking to block new Marcellus Shale drilling regulations scheduled to take effect later this week. The rules have been in development since 2011 and have been the subject of significant controversy. The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) objects to regulatory language giving the state Department of Environmental [...]

Court gives legislature 6 months to fix gas law

Pennsylvania’s highest court struck down industry-friendly portions of the state’s 2012 oil and gas law Wednesday, giving a win to municipalities and environmental groups that challenged it. But one section dealing with how the public should be alerted when a spill happens remains in limbo. The law, known as Act 13, required state environmental regulators [...]

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