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Gas power plants face $97,000 in fines for water use

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is considering $97,000 in penalties against a Dallas, Texas based private equity firm building three natural gas power plants in Pennsylvania. At its December 8th meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, the SRBC will consider proposed settlement agreements with Panda Power Funds, for mishandling water usage at its plants in Lycoming, Bradford, [...]

Two decades of competitive electricity in Pennsylvania

Twenty years ago, Pennsylvania enacted the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act of 1996, shattering the long-held paradigm of monopolistic energy distribution. The act allowed Pennsylvanians to shop for competitively priced electricity from the source, choosing how it is generated it and who supplies it, essentially creating a la carte energy delivery rather than [...]

New methane rules coming for Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry

Pennsylvania regulators are soon planning to introduce new regulations to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, despite expectations President-Elect Donald Trump may seek to roll back new federal rules. Methane is the main component of natural gas and a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. The state Department of Environmental [...]

State lawmakers discuss ways to improve pipeline safety

State lawmakers, regulators, oil and gas industry representatives, and concerned citizens discussed ways to improve pipeline safety at a joint committee hearing Wednesday, following a building boom of new projects and several recent incidents in Pennsylvania including one work accident that killed a man and a pipeline explosion that left another man severely burned. “When everything’s [...]

Critics fear more pipelines under Trump administration

A recent decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to delay its environmental review of the controversial PennEast gas pipeline may indicate the agency is becoming more responsive to public concern over pipeline projects, but that could be reversed by new appointments to FERC’s board by the incoming Trump administration, analysts said. FERC last week pushed [...]

Sunoco delays Mariner East 2 pipeline, citing permit issues

Sunoco Logistics is pushing back the start date for its Mariner East 2 pipeline, the company said Thursday in an earnings call. Sunoco chief executive Michael Hennigan blames the delay on problems getting permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The 300 mile line is planned to carry natural gas liquids across 17 counties, [...]

Judge puts sections of new drilling rules on hold

A judge has placed a temporary hold on portions of new Marcellus Shale drilling regulations that took effect last month, in response to a lawsuit from the natural gas industry. Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson sided with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a gas trade group, and temporarily enjoined sections of new drilling regulations dealing with [...]

Supporters of One Call reform lament passage of ‘bare minimum’ bill

Supporters of a bill to improve protections for underground infrastructure such as gas pipelines criticized the passage of a watered-down version of the measure that extends the current law for a year without building in more safeguards. Senate Bill 1235 passed the Pennsylvania legislature on Wednesday, preventing the current law from expiring as scheduled on [...]

Battle over Pennsylvania’s new drilling rules continues

The state Department of Environmental Protection was back in court this week, facing a lawsuit from Marcellus Shale drillers over its new oil and gas regulations. Although nearly a decade has passed since Pennsylvania’s gas boom took off, the state only finalized the new regulations within the past month. The new rules have spurred a bitter fight between [...]

Delaware River salt front at six-year high after prolonged dry spell

Salty water from the Delaware Bay has crept up the Delaware River toward Philadelphia and is now at its highest point since 2010 because low river flows in the recent dry spell have been too weak to prevent the so-called salt front moving upstream, officials said. The salt front was at river mile 85, between [...]

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