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New gas pipeline capacity sharply exceeds consumption, report says

Charges that the U.S. pipeline industry is building far more natural gas pipelines than it needs are being fueled by a new report showing that the capacity of lines approved by federal regulators over the last two decades was more than twice the amount of gas actually consumed daily in 2016. The report by the [...]

Group Challenging Drilling Law in Pittsburgh Suburb 

A group of residents in Westmoreland County hopes a judge will halt expansion of gas drilling in their township, and will throw out a zoning ordinance that allows drilling in most of the community. Protect PT’s lawsuit against Penn Township’s Zoning Hearing Board is scheduled for county court in January. For now, a judge has [...]

DEP accused of neglecting cleanup of contaminated Chesco site

Delaware Riverkeeper Network stepped up its campaign to clean the highly contaminated Bishop Tube industrial site at Malvern in Chester County when it accused Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection of neglecting the problem over decades. The environmental group filed a complaint with Commonwealth Court on Wednesday asking the court to require DEP to bring the [...]

Plaintiffs ask judge to revoke ‘illegal’ Mariner East 2 permits

Three environmental groups urged a judge to revoke some environmental permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline without holding a trial, saying there are ‘undisputed’ facts showing that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection broke the law in issuing the permits. Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Mountain Watershed Association filed a motion [...]

Enviro Group Hires New CEO

Pennsylvania’s biggest environmental group is getting a new CEO. Jacquelyn Bonomo is succeeding Larry Schweiger as the leader of PennFuture. Schweiger is retiring. Bonomo has been the organization’s executive vice president and COO for the past two years, and has spent more than three decades working in environmental advocacy. 

PUC’s West Goshen ruling cheers advocates for local control over pipelines

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission halted Sunoco’s plans to build a valve for its Mariner East 2 pipeline in Chester County’s West Goshen Township, raising questions about whether the massive cross-state project will be completed on time, and encouraging advocates for local control over gas development. The commission voted unanimously on Thursday to uphold a judge’s [...]

Al Gore: We’re Getting Close to Bipartisan Action on Climate

Al Gore says he’s optimistic the U.S. will break its political standoff over climate change, and that the U.S. is “not that far” from a bipartisan consensus on climate change. One thing that gives him hope? Satellite dishes. In the midst of a 40-minute interview Gore conducted with reporters in Pittsburgh Wednesday, he told the [...]

Gore Tells Climate Activists: ‘We’re Going to Win This’

Al Gore stood on a stage at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center showing a crowd of 1300 would-be climate activists what is by now his signature visual aide: his slide show. It showed surreal videos of melting asphalt streets melting during a heat wave in India, devastating floods in West Virginia, Chile, and Louisiana, [...]

Bill would overhaul Pennsylvania’s regulatory process

A bill under consideration in the state House changes the way Pennsylvania enacts new regulations on everything from education, to health, and the environment. HB 1237 would add new requirements to Pennsylvania’s Regulatory Review Act, an already byzantine process by which regulations are scrutinized by the general public, state legislators, and an independent commission. The bill is [...]

Water problems persist along Mariner East pipeline route despite court intervention

Water impacts continue at numerous Pennsylvania sites where Sunoco is building the Mariner East 2 pipeline two months after a court-brokered agreement. The settlement between environmental groups and Sunoco Pipeline was designed to prevent horizontal directional drilling from damaging aquifers and spilling fluid into wetlands. Data from the Department of Environmental Protection show 18 “inadvertent [...]

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