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DEP issues water permits for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

Pennsylvania environmental regulators approved key water permits for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Thursday, allowing construction to move forward on the natural gas transmission line. The line is an expansion of the existing Transco system, which has over 10,000 miles of pipeline moving natural gas to other businesses, such as utility companies and power plants. The [...]

DEP issues violation to Sunoco for another spill of drilling fluid

Pennsylvania officials issued a Notice of Violation to Sunoco Pipeline on Wednesday following another spill of drilling fluid, this time into the Susquehanna River at a Mariner East 2 pipeline site in Dauphin County. The Department of Environmental Protection said the spill was about 50 gallons of bentonite, non-toxic drilling fluid, and was inspected by [...]

Trump’s EPA cuts threaten water quality in Delaware River Basin, report says

Water quality in the Delaware River Basin would be impaired if the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget become law, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report from the environmental group PennEnvironment said the EPA has played a critical role in the Delaware River’s improved health in [...]

Pennsylvania to increase fees for shale gas wells

State environmental regulators plan to hike fees imposed on shale well operators later this year, although the amount of the increase is still to be determined. Marcellus Shale well operators currently pay a $5,000 permit application fee to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The agency recently put a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin saying it [...]

Chesco township plan would give municipalities more control over pipelines

Chester County’s Uwchlan Township is proposing a sweeping set of regulations that would impose new local restrictions on the development of future pipelines and give municipalities more control over where and how pipelines can be built. The measures are included in a five-page document that was adopted as a resolution by Uwchlan Township on Aug. [...]

NYC reservoir release plan would cut flows in Delaware River

New York City is planning to sharply reduce the amount of water it releases into the Upper Delaware River this fall in an effort to revive multi-state talks on how to manage the river’s water resources to meet a range of demands including drinking-water supply, fishing, tourism, and environmental protection. The city’s Department of Environmental [...]

RGGI states, boosted by Trump’s Paris withdrawal, to make deeper carbon cuts

Nine northeastern states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative said Wednesday they plan to increase the rate at which carbon emissions are cut at their power plants, proposing a cut of 30 percent between 2021 and 2030. The new cuts represent a reduction of 132 million more short tons of carbon than previously [...]

Former environmental secretaries criticize bill changing DEP permitting

Former Pennsylvania environmental secretaries say changes aimed at streamlining the Department of Environmental Protection’s permitting process would likely have the opposite effect and lead to lawsuits. The tax code bill pending consideration by the House after squeaking through the Senate has a severance tax on natural gas production. It also has a number of environmental provisions that [...]

Judge throws out developer’s ‘SLAPP suit’ against environmental group

A Chester County judge has dismissed a suit by a property developer that sought to stop an environmental group criticizing the company’s plans for redeveloping a contaminated industrial site. Judge Jeffrey Sommer of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas threw out the complaint on Wednesday, saying that the defendant, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, is entitled [...]

PennEast foes say company is making false statements in bid for public support

Opponents of the proposed PennEast Pipeline are accusing its builders of making false statements about what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said about the project. The PennEast website invites supporters to sign a form letter to FERC urging it to give final approval to the project on the basis that FERC has said the [...]

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