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Landowners tear up PennEast leases as New Jersey shelves permit application

Landowners along the PennEast Pipeline route in Pennsylvania ceremonially ripped up leases on Friday, saying they will not agree to the company’s plans to build the pipeline on their land – at the price offered, or in some cases at any price. The event came the day after New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection wrote [...]

What Trump’s tariff on solar panels means for Pennsylvania

A solar panel that arrives in the United States from overseas now comes with a higher price tag. President Donald Trump last week imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. The move comes at the request of U.S. solar manufacturers, who seek a level playing field amid competition from places like China, where [...]

Activist groups want more time to review Shell Falcon pipeline permits

Environmental groups are asking a state agency to extend a 30-day comment period on environmental permits for a pipeline that would bring natural gas liquids to Shell’s Beaver County Ethane Cracker. The Falcon pipeline will carry 107,000 barrels of ethane a day to Shell’s Beaver County ethane cracker in Potter Township. The Department of Environmental [...]

Gov. Wolf doesn’t recall campaign pledge to join climate initiative

Governor Tom Wolf said Friday he never made a campaign pledge to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative —a market-based effort among northeastern states to limit carbon emissions. “I don’t remember making that promise,” he said, following a news conference about oil and gas permitting changes. “In fact, I do remember I didn’t make that [...]

Mariner East 2: Texts raise questions about Wolf administration role in permitting process

A senior staffer for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf asked the state’s chief environmental regulator not to send letters to Sunoco detailing problems with its permit applications for a controversial pipeline project until the governor was updated, according to text messages obtained through a lawsuit. The texts also show the official asking the state’s Department of Environmental Protection [...]

Feds cite Sunoco for Mariner East 2 violation during construction in Ohio

A section of the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline showed scrapes and a gouge in its coating during construction in Ohio last year, federal regulators said, in a recent statement that has fueled activists’ concern about the safety of the line. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a “Notice of Probable Violation” to [...]

Lawmakers question agencies’ use of special funds

As state lawmakers keep looking for ways to plug an estimated billion-dollar hole in Pennsylvania’s budget, they are scrutinizing state agencies’ use of special funds, which include money to promote environmental programs. At a House Appropriations Committee hearing Thursday, legislators quizzed Patrick McDonnell and Cindy Dunn, who lead the state Department of Environmental Protection and Department [...]

Tariff could hurt PA solar, but won’t ‘slam the door shut’

Pennsylvania’s solar industry will feel the effects of the Trump administration’s move to place a tariff on foreign-built solar panels, but it won’t stop solar installations in the state, according to industry experts. American solar manufacturers had requested a tariff because they found it difficult to compete with imported panels, particularly ones built in China [...]

FERC approves PennEast, saying it would supply needed natural gas

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Roy Christman (left) and William Kellner protested plans to build the PennEast natural gas pipeline at a FERC ‘listening session’ near Jim Thorpe, Pa. in 2016. FERC has now approved the project. The PennEast pipeline project took a step forward late Friday when federal regulators decided the company could start [...]

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