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State to send $25M to help clean up a dozen abandoned coal mine sites

Pennsylvania announced approval of $25 million in funding for cleanup of abandoned mines at 12 sites around the state. The money for the projects comes from the federal Abandoned Mine Lands fund, a Department of Interior program. The program is funded by a fee on current coal production, and goes to clean up mines that [...]

While legislation stalls in Pennsylvania, West Virginia acts on natural gas royalties

Natural Gas Drilling

Pennsylvania landowners for years have tried and failed to get the Legislature to protect royalties they receive from natural gas companies, but mineral owners in West Virginia just scored a victory. A bill addressing deductions from royalty checks sailed through the West Virginia statehouse and will soon go into effect. Now when drillers seek permits [...]

StateImpact reporters to talk shale gas development at Pittsburgh event

A shale gas drilling rig in Washington, Pa.

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporters Reid Frazier and Amy Sisk will speak at the launch of a book edited by a University of Pittsburgh professor who studies the worldwide development of shale gas. “The Shale Dilemma” (University of Pittsburgh Press), edited by Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, looks at how different countries have treated the rise of fracking as a [...]

DEP announces public hearings for Shell ethane cracker pipeline

Construction takes place in December 2017 at the site of Shell's ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will hold three public hearings in April to gather public comment on a proposed pipeline that will feed natural gas liquids to Shell’s multi-billion dollar chemical plant in Beaver County. Shell’s 97-mile Falcon pipeline which will carry ethane to the company’s $6 billion plant in Monaca, Pa. The state [...]

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

Shell has given the final go-ahead for its ethane cracker in Beaver County.

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. [...]

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