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Feds order more testing, following pipeline explosion

Federal regulators are requiring a natural gas pipeline company to conduct more testing and take corrective actions on three nearby lines, following an April 29 explosion in Westmoreland County that sent a man to the hospital with severe burns. In May the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) found evidence of corrosion on the 30-inch gas [...]

State regulators unveil updated oil and gas map

The state Department of Environmental Protection has unveiled an updated version of its interactive mapping tool for Pennsylvania’s oil and gas wells. “Making such data available and easy to use promotes transparency and allows the public to generate the information they want on demand,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell in a statement. The updated oil [...]

Senate approves bill weakening drilling regulations

The state Senate voted Monday to approve an amendment that would undo parts of the state’s pending oil and gas regulations. SB 1229 is now in the House. The bill was introduced in May and initially pertained to horse breeding, however an amendment approved Monday restricts state environmental regulators from implementing some of their proposed regulations for Pennsylvania’s [...]

DEP plans public hearings for Sunoco’s Mariner 2 pipeline

State environmental regulators will hold a series of public hearings in August to get public feedback on pending permit applications for a major natural gas liquids pipeline project. The so-called Mariner 2 line, would run parallel to its predecessor (the Mariner East 1) through 17 counties in Pennsylvania’s southern tier. But unlike that project, which [...]

Bill would limit Pennsylvania’s ability to regulate methane

A bill recently proposed in the state Senate seeks to limit the Wolf administration’s efforts to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Methane is the main component of natural gas; it’s a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. SB 1327 was recently referred to the Senate Environmental Resources and [...]

Trade union says more natural gas use would help state meet CPP goals

A leading trade union is advocating for increased use of natural gas as a way of helping to meet emission-reduction targets under the federal Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and to fill what it says will be an energy deficit when coal-fired power plants are retired. The Laborers International Union of North America launched [...]

PA House considering private development in state parks

The House could vote this week on a bill that would allow more private development in state parks, including golf courses, amusement parks, hotels, restaurants or office buildings. The proposal, HB 2013, was introduced by Brian Ellis R-Butler. It was originally written to include a board that would have the authority to approve private development [...]

Gov. Wolf signs bill that rejects conventional drilling regulations

Governor Wolf signed a bill that would scrap the conventional oil and gas regulations, while new rules for Marcellus Shale wells move forward. Wolf also approved a new climate change regulation that lengthens the time lawmakers get to review the administration’s plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to comply with Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The [...]

Appeals court clears way for eminent domain suit against Sunoco Logistics

A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday rejected an attempt by Sunoco Logistics to throw out a challenge to its planned Mariner East 2 pipeline, clearing the way for the environmental group Clean Air Council to argue against the company’s use of eminent domain to build the pipeline. The Commonwealth Court denied the company’s request for [...]

Royalties bill makes very brief appearance at State Capitol

A bill aimed at ensuring oil and gas royalty owners are paid fairly made a fleeting appearance at the Pennsylvania Capitol this week. “I succeeded in bringing attention to the issue and to the bill,” says Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), who on Tuesday attached, and then quickly withdrew, his royalties bill as an amendment to another measure that ultimately [...]

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