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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 [...]

Mariner East 2 critics appeal new permits to Environmental Hearing Board

Three environmental groups on Tuesday challenged newly granted permits to Sunoco Logistics for the planned Mariner East 2 pipeline, urging Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board to block work on the line while the case is heard. Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Mountain Watershed Association asked the board to issue a temporary order of [...]

Water quality in lower Delaware River mostly meets standards of protection program

A plan to maintain water quality in the Lower Delaware River is broadly meeting its goal of “no measurable change”, the Delaware River Basin Commission said, in the first report on its Special Protection Waters program. The interstate regulator this week released results of testing at 24 sites along a 76-mile stretch of the river [...]

PennEast pipeline environmental impacts would be minimal, say federal regulators

A plan to build the controversial PennEast natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey took a step forward on Friday when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the project’s environmental impacts could be reduced to “less than significant levels” if it adopts certain mitigation measures. The proposed 119-mile pipeline from Luzerne County, PA to [...]

Group intervenes to defend Delaware River Basin drilling moratorium

A renewed fight over whether to allow natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin intensified when a leading environmental group joined a lawsuit defending a de facto moratorium on gas development in the region. Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) intervened on July 5 in the suit in which the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is defending its [...]

Judge strikes down suit against fracking opponents

A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed an attempt by a group of natural gas leaseholders seeking to block environmentalists’ objections to a township’s plans to open itself up to gas drilling. Judge Michael Yeager of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas struck down a lawsuit by a property developer and 12 co-plaintiffs who said that [...]

Delaware Riverkeeper sues FERC, alleging bias and corruption in pipeline cases

A Pennsylvania-based environmental group has stepped up its campaign against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a lawsuit accusing the agency of corruption and routine bias toward the natural gas industry’s applications to build pipelines. Delaware Riverkeeper Network says the agency, which regulates interstate pipelines, is unable to make objective decisions about whether a pipeline [...]

Report revives debate over risks of radiation from drilling waste

Concern over whether oil and gas drilling waste emits radiation at unhealthy levels in Pennsylvania has resurfaced with the publication of a report alleging the Department of Environmental Protection ignored hazardous radioactivity from the industry when it issued its own study on the issue almost a year ago. The environmental group Delaware Riverkeeper Network said [...]

Lawyers say FERC hinders appeals on pipeline projects

Environmental lawyers say they may have to craft new legal strategies to effectively challenge interstate pipeline construction decisions by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Activists continue to accuse FERC of acting as a rubber stamp when it comes to approving pipeline projects. They argue the agency does not do an adequate environmental review that includes [...]

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