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PA Supreme Court rules with environmentalists over remaining issues in Act 13

In a win for environmentalists and municipalities, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down  a number of provisions to the state’s oil and gas law. At issue were several items related to the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Robinson v. Commonwealth, the controversial and wide ranging environmental ruling that eliminated parts of the state’s revised oil and [...]

Senate panel OKs plan to inspect Pa. environmental laws

A state Senate committee approved a resolution Tuesday calling for an analysis of Pennsylvania’s environmental laws and regulations, to ascertain which ones are more stringent than federal rules. Proponents say it helps streamline government and encourage economic growth, while environmental groups argue it’s designed to roll back standards that protect public health. Sen. Michele Brooks [...]

Royalty advocates rally at State Capitol

Anger over gas royalties has reached a fever pitch in Pennsylvania, as the House considers a bill aimed at protecting landowners accusing drilling companies of predatory payment practices. About 150 royalty advocates rallied at the State Capitol Tuesday, accusing lawmakers of turning a deaf ear to their concerns, and allowing themselves to be manipulated by [...]

FERC urged to take another look at PennEast pipeline plan after route changes

Environmental groups called on Monday for a fresh federal review of a plan to build the controversial PennEast natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey after newly published route changes cast further doubt on what critics say was already a flawed Draft Environmental Impact Statement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. PennEast Pipeline Co.’s [...]

‘Erin Brockovich chemical’ found in PA water systems, study says

More than 160 public water systems in Pennsylvania contained the carcinogenic chemical chromium 6 during recent tests at levels that were above a health limit recommended by scientists in California, according to a new analysis of data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The study from the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy nonprofit, [...]

Wolf nominates Patrick McDonnell to run DEP

Governor Wolf has nominated the acting DEP chief Patrick McDonnell as the state’s permanent top environmental regulator. If approved by the senate, McDonnell will replace John Quigley, who was ousted by the Wolf Administration last May over an email controversy. McDonnell has been serving in that role since Quigley’s departure. Environmentalists praised Wolf’s decision, saying [...]

DEP gives Sunoco long to-do list on Mariner East 2 pipeline plan

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has rejected Sunoco Logistics current proposal to protect waterways and wetlands at risk of damage by construction of the company’s Mariner East 2 pipeline. Sunoco recently submitted what DEP refers to as “technically complete” permit applications necessary for moving forward with the pipeline project. DEP’s critiques of the permit applications [...]

Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline could run through public land in Delco

Sunoco Logistics moved a step closer to building its proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline project through a Delaware County township when the local council late Monday advanced a plan to provide easements on four parcels of public land for construction of the controversial lines. But the company could face further delays on the major cross-state [...]

Complaints rise over Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 permits

As landowners battle Sunoco Logistics in court over eminent domain takings, critics are pushing back against the pipeline on another front — permits the project needs from the state to move forward with construction. Sunoco has already begun felling trees along the 300-mile long proposed pipeline route through Pennsylvania, but the company can’t lay any [...]

PJM says compliance with Clean Power Plan won’t disrupt electric supplies

America’s biggest power-grid operator said electric supplies to a 13-state region would not be disrupted by state efforts to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan, and that wholesale electricity costs would rise only modestly in the drive to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, thanks largely to low natural gas prices. An analysis [...]

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