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DEP extends comment period for Shell’s ethane pipeline

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will extend the public comment period for Shell’s 97-mile Falcon pipeline, which will carry ethane to the company’s $6 billion petrochemical plant in Western Pennsylvania. The DEP will also hold public hearings in each of the three counties the pipeline route traverses: Washington, Allegheny, and Beaver counties. Instead of [...]

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 [...]

Study: Conventional drilling waste responsible for radioactivity spike in rivers

Treatment plants that handle conventional oil and gas waste water are causing a buildup of radioactive materials at the bottom of three Western Pennsylvania waterways, according to a new study from researchers at Duke. “We concluded that recent disposal of treated conventional (oil and gas waste) is the source of high (radium concentrations) in stream [...]

Pennsylvania, other states sue EPA for missing ozone deadline

Pennsylvania is one of more than a dozen states suing the EPA for failing to enforce on an important air pollution regulation. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Pennsylvania and 13 other states, plus the District of Columbia, say the EPA blew by an October 1 deadline to designate which parts of the country are [...]

How revoking the Clean Power Plan will impact Pennsylvania

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday the EPA will formally propose to revoke the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s regulation for carbon dioxide from the electricity sector. The decision could impact what kind of sources Pennsylvania uses to make electricity for decades to come. The Clean Power Plan was the Obama EPA’s attempt to [...]

FERC pushes back timeline for PennEast pipeline again

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) says it needs more time to issue its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the $1 billion PennEast pipeline project, shifting it’s planned release from February 17 to April 7, 2017. FERC says additional information provided by state agencies, as well as the PennEast Pipeline Company prompted the delay. [...]

Why pipeline safety is one of Pennsylvania’s next big energy challenges

On the morning of April 29, a natural gas transmission line exploded in a field in Salem Township in western Pennsylvania. The blast was so powerful it ripped a 12-foot crater into the landscape, burned a section of the field with a quarter-mile radius and threw a 25-foot section of the 30-inch steel pipeline 100 feet away. At the time of [...]

Bernie Sanders releases anti-fracking ad

As Presidential campaigns turn their attention to delegate-rich New York and Pennsylvania, the fracking debate has emerged as a wedge between the two Democratic rivals. Bernie Sanders, who wants to ban fracking everywhere, has released this ad: New York currently bans fracking, while fracking has made Pennsylvania the second highest natural gas producing state behind [...]

Amid budget battle, royalty issue comes to the surface

Tucked into Gov. Wolf’s unsuccessful budget proposal last week was what looked to some like a sweetener for Republicans from oil and gas counties. It was a ban on the practice of deducting postproduction costs from royalties, an issue which has outraged many landowners in heavily-drilled areas. Landowners have complained for years that oil and [...]

British MP studies fracking on trip to PA

On a sunny fall morning, Kevin Hollinrake stands with a group of concerned parents across a road from a gas processing plant in Butler County. Trucks come and go as workers hustle to expand the Bluestone processing plant, which will separate different types of natural gas from locally drilled wells for market. Hollinrake has come [...]

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