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Gas company fined for building pipelines in the wrong place

A natural gas company and a pipeline builder in southwestern Pennsylvania will be paying a combined $184,000 for constructing gathering lines outside the bounds of their permits. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says in one case, the pipeline was constructed several hundred feet from where the line was supposed to be installed. In another [...]

DEP releases Climate Action Plan for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s climate change action plan reports the greatest potential reductions in the state’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions could also create new jobs and increase household income by reducing energy costs. The Department of Environmental Protection released its 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update on Friday, which outlines the economic impact of steps the state [...]

Public weighs in on controversial gas liquids pipeline

State environmental regulators held another public hearing Tuesday night to get public feedback on the proposed Mariner 2 natural gas liquids pipeline that would span 17 counties and cross 350 miles of southern Pennsylvania. About 110 people turned out to the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. A conference room was filled with representatives from labor unions, [...]

PennEast critics accuse FERC of trying to control public comment

This story has been corrected to change some meeting locations, reflecting updated information from FERC. Opponents of a plan to build a natural gas pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New Jersey registered their objections with federal regulators on Monday, and accused officials of trying to control public discussion on the controversial project. Participants were [...]

Rendell: ‘I don’t apologize at all’ for fracking

Former Governor Ed Rendell is walking back comments he made last month at the Democratic National Convention, when he said he’d “made a mistake” putting economic gains ahead of environmental protection in the early days of the state’s Marcellus Shale gas boom. “I don’t apologize at all,” he recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m a [...]

EPA Science Advisory Board sharpens criticism of fracking report

A scientific advisory panel on Thursday stepped up its criticism of the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial report on fracking, calling on the agency to provide evidence for its landmark conclusion that fracking for oil and gas has had “no widespread, systemic impacts” on drinking water. In a finalized assessment of the study, the EPA’s Science [...]

New environmental secretary hopes to resurrect drilling rules

The new head of the Department of Environmental Protection says he hopes his staff can work quickly to resurrect regulations for the conventional oil and gas industry that got tossed out during the annual state budget negotiations in Harrisburg. “Obviously, we have a good starting point with the existing reg,” says Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “But [...]

Former Gov. Ed Rendell: ‘I made a mistake’ on shale gas

Former Governor Ed Rendell said he regrets putting economic gain ahead of environmental protection at the start of Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom. Speaking at a DNC event hosted by Politico in Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday, Rendell said fracking has risks but those can be mitigated. “I made a mistake in the rush to get [...]

Clinton energy adviser predicts Clean Power Plan will survive high court stay

A future Clinton administration would assume that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to uphold both the Clean Power Plan and the Environmental Protection Agency’s responsibility to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, Hillary Clinton’s energy adviser said on Wednesday. Trevor Houser also said that if the Democratic nominee becomes president, her administration [...]

PennEast pipeline environmental impacts would be minimal, say federal regulators

A plan to build the controversial PennEast natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey took a step forward on Friday when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the project’s environmental impacts could be reduced to “less than significant levels” if it adopts certain mitigation measures. The proposed 119-mile pipeline from Luzerne County, PA to [...]

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