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The Delaware River basin: Officials say proposed new rules would strengthen protections against contamination from fracking waste water brought into the basin.

Pull the Mariner East permit, environmental group urges Delaware River Basin Commission

Delaware Riverkeeper Network says “severe and ongoing” permit violations are causing “significant harm” to the river basin. It wants the commission to suspend Mariner East 2 construction.

By Jon Hurdle

A farm in Wayne County sits on top of the Marcellus Shale formation. Drilling has not begun in the area of the state that drains into the Delaware River because the Delaware River Basin Commission has not allowed it.

Delaware basin land owners welcome committee approval of compensation bill

Fracking opponents call bill a 'preposterous' attempt to boost industry at the expense of public health
By Jon Hurdle

Workers and contractors for Sunoco Pipeline have been investigating sink holes behind homes at Lisa Drive, West Whiteland Township, Chester County where the company has been drilling for construction of the Mariner East 2 and 2X pipelines. The company offered to relocate residents of the five homes whose yards are crossed by the pipeline right of way.

Suit accuses Sunoco of violating federal Clean Water Act

Even though the oil and gas industry is exempt from obtaining the permits – unlike other kinds of industrial construction such as powerlines — that exemption disappears when a water violation occurs, argued Aaron Stemplewicz, senior attorney for DRN.

By Jon Hurdle

The new law will help commercial property owners finance the upfront costs of installing clean energy upgrades, such as new solar panels.

The former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and present day Horsham Air Guard Station is shown Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Horsham, Pa. The military is checking whether chemicals from firefighting foam might have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide and potentially tainted drinking water, the Defense Department said.

Public-interest groups raise pressure on feds to release toxic chemical study

Fifty-three organizations say the federal Department of Health and Human Services must publish recommendations for health limits on hazardous PFAS chemicals.

By Jon Hurdle

FILE PHOTO: Shell flared off natural gas for three months in 2012, to alleviate subsurface pressure in Union Township, Tioga County, where one of its drilling sites got too close to an abandoned well

Wolf administration, two years after climate pledge: ‘no specific timeline’ on methane regulations

New requirements for oil and gas industry don't affect thousands of existing wells
By Marie Cusick

A Marcellus shale gas well in Washington County, Pa.

Pennsylvania, for first time, sets methane requirements on natural gas wells

Pennsylvania moved to regulate the greenhouse gas as the Trump administration tries to roll back federal methane rules. The state permits apply to new and modified wells and related compressor stations, but not to the state’s 11,000 existing Marcellus shale gas wells.

By Reid Frazier

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction in Delaware County

Officials: Water main contractor struck Mariner East 2 in Delaware County

Damage was minor, but critics say incident highlights public safety risks
By Jon Hurdle

In a House committee meeting, the subject of how Pennsylvania manages its regulations was front and center.

House passes bill removing environmental standards for conventional drillers

No movement on companion Senate bill; Gov. Wolf opposes the effort
By Marie Cusick

Drilling impact fees have generated $854 million for Pennsylvania over the past four years, but local governments have had trouble accounting for how they've spent the money.

State Supreme Court warns municipalities on natural gas permits

The court’s decision said a township, for example, can’t issue a permit for oil and gas development unless the site is zoned to allow for that use. Landowners in Lycoming County had sued over a well pad permit issued in an agricultural-residential zone.

By Jon Hurdle
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