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Chesco residents urge officials to reject development plan for contaminated site

Residents of a Chester County community are urging local officials to reject plans for a 228-home development on a contaminated former industrial site that critics say threatens local waterways with toxic material including a known carcinogen. Around 100 residents of East Whiteland Township called on their Board of Supervisors at a recent meeting to block [...]

Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 pipeline leaked ethane and propane in Berks County, records show

Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline leaked about 20 barrels of ethane and propane near Morgantown, Berks County, on April 1, the company said on Thursday. The leak, at 5530 Morgantown Road, Morgantown, Pa., did not reach water sources, according to the US Coastguard’s National Response Center, which records spills of hazardous materials [...]

FERC says PennEast pipeline would have ‘less than significant’ environmental impact

The proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey would have “less than significant” environmental effects if it meets plans laid out by its builder and regulators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Friday. In its final Environmental Impact Statement on the 120-mile project, FERC said its determination was based on information [...]

PennEast files for NJ water permits as FERC deadline looms

This article comes from our partner NJ Spotlight. The developer of the PennEast pipeline today filed for a critical water and freshwater wetlands permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for its project, perhaps one of the most troublesome regulatory reviews remaining for the planned pipeline. In filing the application, PennEast Pipeline Co. [...]

DRBC considers new fish rule to mark gains in water quality

Water quality in the Delaware River estuary has improved over the last few decades to the point where regulators are considering adding the breeding of fish to a list of designated “uses” for that section of the river. The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on April 6 to discuss its proposal [...]

Judge throws out challenge to DRBC authority over gas drilling in basin

A federal judge dismissed a challenge to the Delaware River Basin Commission’s right to regulate oil and gas development in the region. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Mariani on Thursday threw out a lawsuit by a group of Wayne County landowners who said the commission, an interstate regulator, lacks the authority to review and approve [...]

DRBC says it’s still weighing gas drilling rules, but no decision on the horizon

The Delaware River Basin Commission is continuing to examine rules that might allow natural gas drilling in the basin but it isn’t close to a decision, and would submit any plans for a new rule on the issue to public comment, the federal government’s representative on the commission said Wednesday. Lt. Col. Michael Bliss of [...]

Battle re-emerging over fracking along Delaware River

Defenders of a longstanding de-facto moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin say there are gathering signs of a renewed push to allow natural gas production by the industry and its allies. Environmental groups including Delaware Riverkeeper Network say officials from the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is composed of representatives from [...]

Environmental board hears appeal of Mariner East 2 permits

Update: The Environmental Hearing Board rejected a temporary halt on the start of construction Friday morning, updates will be forthcoming. Three environmental groups urged a Pennsylvania judge to temporarily block the start of construction on a controversial pipeline just three days after it received its final permits from state officials. The groups said construction of [...]

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