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Clean Air Council sues Sunoco over Mariner East 2 Pipeline Plan

An environmental group is suing Sunoco Logistics over its plan to use eminent domain to obtain land that would allow it to build a 350-mile natural gas liquids pipeline across southern Pennsylvania. The Clean Air Council is asking the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to rule that Sunoco cannot assert eminent domain to seize land [...]

Emails show how Wolf, DEP unfriended fractivist from pipeline group

Scott Cannon, an anti-fracking activist, says he wants to get to the bottom of why he was uninvited from Governor Wolf’s new Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force. But he hasn’t gotten there yet. Cannon, 51, of Plymouth, was originally told that he would be a part of the task force environmental protection workgroup. But Cannon was informed a few [...]

Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA over oil & gas waste-disposal law

Seven environmental groups on Wednesday threatened to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to update a law on the disposal of oil and gas waste to reflect the fracking boom of recent years. The organizations, which include Pennsylvania’s Responsible Drilling Alliance, said they sent an Intent to Sue notice to the EPA [...]

Mayors call for city climate action amid Congressional ‘gridlock’

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined with his counterparts in Houston and Los Angeles on Tuesday to call on other cities to implement climate action plans in the run-up to global climate talks in Paris in December. The three mayors urged other cities to set carbon emission targets, establish a U.S. template for climate action plans, [...]

Marcellus Shale drillers fined for methane migration

State environmental regulators say three natural gas drillers contaminated 17 separate drinking water wells in north central Pennsylvania and together the companies have paid close to $375,000 in fines. The Department of Environmental Protection blamed well construction for methane migrating into drinking water supplies. If methane builds up in an enclosed space like a house, [...]

Pennsylvania voters strongly support Clean Power Plan, poll finds

Pennsylvania voters are heavily in favor of new federal efforts to cut carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, but are split on whether the initiative will be too expensive, according to an opinion poll published on Monday. The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,085 voters found 67 percent support the requirements that owners of coal-burning power [...]

EPA’s methane plan puts pressure on states to achieve bigger cuts, advocates say

Environmentalists on Tuesday called on Pennsylvania to act to reduce methane emissions from existing natural gas infrastructure and build on proposed federal standards that would cut emissions of the gas from new and modified plants. Natural gas companies say they already have made strides to cut the emissions and called the new federal proposal unnecessary. [...]

Report urges more than two dozen measures to make oil trains safer

Pennsylvania’s oil trains could be made safer through a number of steps, more inspections, additional technology, lower speed limits, and improved preparation for emergency responders along the routes, according to a report released on Monday. Gov. Tom Wolf commissioned the report amid growing fears that a derailment by one of the trains carrying millions of [...]

PUC steps up efforts to advocate for pipeline safety

Public Utility Commission vice chairman John Coleman Jr. spoke about pipeline safety with Scott LaMar, host of WITF’s Smart Talk on Friday. Coleman praised StateImpact’s reporting on pipeline safety, and told LaMar that no one regulatory authority has a map of all the pipelines in the state. “Mapping of pipelines in Pennsylvania is an important [...]

Future oil and gas regulations to focus on public health issues

The Department of Environmental Protection says the agency is developing a new set of oil and gas regulations to address public health concerns. DEP Secretary John Quigley told reporters on Wednesday of the planned regulatory package during a press call outlining the Department’s latest round of updates to Chapter 78, the section of the Pennsylvania [...]

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