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DEP: The Department That Regulates and Oversees Drilling

Background

Regulating natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation is one of many duties charged to the Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP is responsible for enforcing the state’s Oil and Gas Act, as well as state regulations on drinking water quality, air quality and the environmental health of rivers and streams.

DEP divides the state into six regions, and operates 19 district offices. It is currently headed by Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

 

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Pipeline opponents sue Sunoco, alleging constitutional violations

Four opponents of the Mariner East 2 pipeline sued Sunoco Pipeline and its parent, Energy Transfer Partners, in federal court on Monday, alleging the company violated several constitutional rights when police arrested the plaintiffs on a private property in Huntingdon County. The suit accuses Sunoco, plus a private security firm, a publicist, and 27 state [...]

Delco homeowners ask court to halt Mariner East 2 pipeline construction

A Delaware County homeowners association is asking an appeals court to halt local work on the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline until its builder, Sunoco Pipeline, finds a way to stop disturbance of contaminated soil at the site. The Andover Homeowners Association in Thornbury Township says construction on the edge of its upscale 39-home development [...]

DEP says Sunoco violated agreement on Mariner East 2 drilling

Sunoco Pipeline violated a court-brokered agreement imposing new restrictions on drilling for its Mariner East 2 pipeline when it spilled drilling mud into at least three waterways, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said on Tuesday. “The spills constitute a violation of the permit conditions, which were modified by the Aug. 9 settlement agreement,” said [...]

DEP issues violation to Sunoco for another spill of drilling fluid

Pennsylvania officials issued a Notice of Violation to Sunoco Pipeline on Wednesday following another spill of drilling fluid, this time into the Susquehanna River at a Mariner East 2 pipeline site in Dauphin County. The Department of Environmental Protection said the spill was about 50 gallons of bentonite, non-toxic drilling fluid, and was inspected by [...]

No fine for Range Resources in major drilling case, DEP quietly settles

More than two years after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a record-breaking $8.9 million fine against driller Range Resources with tough talk about cracking down on faulty drilling operations, the department quietly settled the case this week without issuing any financial penalties. The fine was issued on May 11, 2015 after the DEP [...]

Pennsylvania to increase fees for shale gas wells

State environmental regulators plan to hike fees imposed on shale well operators later this year, although the amount of the increase is still to be determined. Marcellus Shale well operators currently pay a $5,000 permit application fee to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The agency recently put a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin saying it [...]

NYC reservoir release plan would cut flows in Delaware River

New York City is planning to sharply reduce the amount of water it releases into the Upper Delaware River this fall in an effort to revive multi-state talks on how to manage the river’s water resources to meet a range of demands including drinking-water supply, fishing, tourism, and environmental protection. The city’s Department of Environmental [...]

Former environmental secretaries criticize bill changing DEP permitting

Former Pennsylvania environmental secretaries say changes aimed at streamlining the Department of Environmental Protection’s permitting process would likely have the opposite effect and lead to lawsuits. The tax code bill pending consideration by the House after squeaking through the Senate has a severance tax on natural gas production. It also has a number of environmental provisions that [...]

Judge throws out developer’s ‘SLAPP suit’ against environmental group

A Chester County judge has dismissed a suit by a property developer that sought to stop an environmental group criticizing the company’s plans for redeveloping a contaminated industrial site. Judge Jeffrey Sommer of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas threw out the complaint on Wednesday, saying that the defendant, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, is entitled [...]

Lawmaker asks Pa. attorney general to investigate pro-pipeline emails

Hundreds of emails in support of the Mariner East 2 pipeline have been sent to the office of a state lawmaker in the names of individual residents, some of whom deny sending them. State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, a Delaware County Democrat who has been an outspoken critic of the Sunoco Pipeline project, said Monday she [...]

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