Energy. Environment. Economy.


The laws and regulations dictating how energy is extracted and transported.

Latest Posts

Wolf signs bill pushing mine water to fracking

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Thursday a bill that could clear the way for more oil and gas companies to use treated mine water for fracking. The idea has been encouraged by the state Department of Environmental Protection, but there have been relatively few companies using the water to frack. Drillers have been reluctant to [...]

EPA sets tougher ozone standard, but not tough enough for some greens

After years of delay and court battles, the Obama administration released a final update to its regulation on ground-level ozone, or smog Thursday. The EPA set the standard at 70 parts per billion (ppb) of ozone, an irritant that can exacerbate asthma and other heart and lung conditions. The new rule is a reduction from [...]

EPA hears comments on proposed methane rule for oil and gas

Supporters and opponents of the EPA’s proposed methane rules gathered in Pittsburgh Tuesday for a hearing on federal efforts to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production. Methane is up to 84 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. The oil and gas industry is [...]

New EPA rules will cut refinery emissions

Oil refineries will have to curb toxic air emissions under new rules announced Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The new regulations will also give neighboring residents more information about potential pollution exposures. For the first time, fence line pollution monitors will be required, and oil refiners will have to disclose the pollution in a [...]

Pennsylvania holds its first ‘listening session’ on Clean Power Plan

Friends and foes of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants welcomed or deplored the proposal, and sparred over how or whether Pennsylvania should implement it, at the state’s first “listening session” on the program on Tuesday. Twenty-seven speakers representing interests ranging from job creation to clean air, building [...]

Federal air rules force coal plants to clean up or shut down

John and Maureen Vilcek have lived exactly one mile from the coal-fired Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, Pa. since the 1970s. They raised their children here, and hardly notice the constant rumble emanating from the plant up the road. “I’d much rather it be coal-fired than nuclear,” Maureen Vilcek said. “In the beginning, [...]

DEP seeks public input for drafting Clean Power Plan

Pennsylvania’s environmental regulators say they need extensive public input before putting together a plan to reduce carbon emissions. The call for comments comes on the heels of the recent federal mandate that states reduce climate-warming carbon dioxide from power plants. Last month, the EPA announced standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by [...]

DEP delays deep injection well decisions

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has delayed decisions on controversial deep injection well permits, while waiting for rulings from the federal courts. The siting of the deep injection wells became federal cases after local municipalities passed ordinances to ban the drilling waste disposal wells. It’s the first time DEP has taken such a position and [...]

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 [...]

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »