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House panel votes to block drilling regulations

For the second time in less than a month, a House committee has voted to block tougher regulations aimed at Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. It’s the latest move in the ongoing battle over the rules between the Republican-led legislature and Governor Tom Wolf’s Democratic administration. The state Department of Environmental Protection has been working to [...]

DEP to expand air quality monitoring for natural gas sites

State environmental regulators are planning a major expansion of air quality monitoring, which will be focused on Marcellus Shale natural gas infrastructure. “We heard the concerns of shalefield residents, and we are responding,” John Quigley, head of the state Department of Environmental Protection said in a teleconference announcement Wednesday. “We have been looking at the [...]

Constitution Pipeline Accuses NY of ‘Flagrant Misstatements’ in Denying Permit

The builders of the proposed Constitution Pipeline hit back at New York State on Monday after state officials denied a water-quality permit, halting construction of the controversial natural gas line from northeastern Pennsylvania into New York State. The pipeline builders, led by Williams Partners of Oklahoma, said the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation had made [...]

Budget bill gives natural gas projects $12 million boost

Natural gas infrastructure projects are getting a $12 million boost in a budget bill Governor Tom Wolf has allowed to become law without his signature. The money shifts from the state’s Alternative Energy Investment Act and will be used as grants to hospitals, businesses, schools and local governments to expand access to natural gas. The language is [...]

New York State denies permit to Constitution Pipeline, halting construction

New York State on Friday denied a crucial water-quality permit to builders of a controversial natural gas pipeline, halting its construction through about 100 miles of that state and another 25 miles of Pennsylvania. The decision was hailed as a big victory by environmental campaigners, who have argued that the Constitution Pipeline would destroy swathes [...]

State commission OK’s new oil and gas regulations

A state commission has signed off on significant changes to rules governing Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. The approval signals a final step in an often contentious, five-year effort by the Department of Environmental Protection to modernize drilling regulations. After a seven-hour public meeting Thursday, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted 3-2 to give [...]

Pipeline task force was frustrating process, say industry reps

Two members of Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force say it was a frustrating experience. “It was a difficult thing for me personally and professionally,” says Cindy Ivey of the pipeline company, Williams. “I was probably the only task force member called out by name in a very unflattering way. It was a very toxic [...]

Report: drilling didn’t strain water supply in Susquehanna River Basin

The surge in gas drilling has not put a major strain on water supply in the Susquehanna River Basin, according to a new report from the regulatory body that oversees water withdrawals. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is charged with regulating water quantity, not quality. However last year the commission issued a report saying it [...]

House and Senate panels reject oil and gas regulations

“Shameful,” “egregious,” “costly,” and “illegal” were some of the words used by lawmakers to describe new regulations for Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. The House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees both voted to reject the regulations Tuesday, which are currently before the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC). Conventional drillers have long complained [...]

Senate panel weighs permitting process and economic growth

One of the chief complaints from Pennsylvania’s top environmental regulator, John Quigley, is that he doesn’t have enough staff and resources. At a state senate hearing Monday on economic development and permitting, he repeated it. “We have 671 fewer positions than we did 7 years ago,” Quigley told lawmakers. “Inadequate staff and technology hamper the agency’s [...]

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