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Public health advocates push for Marcellus Shale registry

Public health advocates continue to urge the state to do a better job of tracking health complaints related to natural gas development. The state Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection are discussing ways to work together to better monitor Marcellus Shale related health issues. But so far, there’s no money for those efforts. Governor [...]

Wolf urges railroads to adopt oil train safety measures

Governor Wolf is urging rail companies shipping crude oil through Pennsylvania to adopt voluntary safety measures to help prevent the risk of accidents. It’s estimated that 60-70 trains carrying oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale travel through Pennsylvania each week to East Coast refineries like Philadelphia Energy Solutions. The state has seen four oil train derailments [...]

Wolf nominates EQT executive to Public Utility Commission

Governor Wolf has chosen EQT executive Andrew Place to serve as a commissioner on the state Public Utility Commission. Place is currently the corporate director for energy and environmental policy at EQT, where he focuses on Marcellus Shale natural gas development. Before joining the gas company in 2011, he worked on environmental issues for Carnegie [...]

FracFocus upgrades availability of data on oil & gas operations

A national project that collects and disseminates data about hydraulically fracked U.S. oil and gas wells raised its game on Friday by making the information available in aggregate form for anyone to download. FracFocus, which draws data from most states, including Pennsylvania, that host unconventional oil and gas development, has been gathering information such as [...]

Wolf’s pick to head PUC will promote energy-saving policies, green groups say

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s pick as the new head of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is a sign that the new administration is serious about choosing key officials who can make a difference on energy efficiency and climate change, environmental campaigners said on Thursday. The Democratic governor named Gladys Brown, a current member of the [...]

Environmentalists sue FERC over Cove Point LNG project

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to approve Dominion Energy’s Cove Point LNG export terminal in Lusby, MD. FERC had granted approval to the $3.8 billion project back in September, and construction on expanding the idled import terminal into an export terminal began in October. [...]

Shell’s cracker air emissions plan gets hearing

Note: This story is from The Allegheny Front, a public radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) heard from the public Tuesday on the impacts Shell’s proposed ethane cracker in Western Pennsylvania would have on air quality and the local economy. Before a crowd of more than 100 [...]

Casey pushes oil train safety legislation

Senator Bob Casey (D) says the U.S. needs to do a better job of investing in safety, training, and preparation for the massive increase in shipments of crude oil by train. Deadly derailments, spills, and close-call accidents have sparked a push for tougher regulations. On Friday, the federal Department of Transportation announced new rules for [...]

Feds issue new oil train safety rules

The Department of Transportation joined with Canadian officials Friday to announce stronger safety rules for shipping crude by rail. About 70 to 80 trains carrying more than a million gallons of crude oil from the Bakken Shale fields in North Dakota travel across Pennsylvania each week, heading to Philadelphia area refineries. The long-awaited rules come [...]

State hears comments on new fracking regulations

Note: This story is from The Allegheny Front, a public radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania.  The Wolf administration heard for the first time public comment on its newer, tougher proposed rules for the fracking industry. More than 70 speakers were signed up to speak at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hearing in [...]

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