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Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA over oil & gas waste-disposal law

Seven environmental groups on Wednesday threatened to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to update a law on the disposal of oil and gas waste to reflect the fracking boom of recent years. The organizations, which include Pennsylvania’s Responsible Drilling Alliance, said they sent an Intent to Sue notice to the EPA [...]

Coal will remain vital source of PA energy despite new federal plan, trade group says

Pennsylvania coal suppliers said Monday that the fuel will remain an important component of the state’s energy mix despite the federal government’s fresh attempt to drive down carbon emissions with its Clean Power Plan. “Both the Wolf administration and the Pennsylvania legislature have repeatedly stated that coal use will remain a critical component of any [...]

New water-quality rule expected to affect energy companies

Pennsylvania’s energy companies are expected to be among businesses that will be affected by a new federal rule extending the protection of the Clean Water Act to small tributaries and other waterways that feed major rivers supplying drinking water to millions of people. Operators of natural gas rigs or builders of pipelines will likely have [...]

Feds approve Pennsylvania’s water quality report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval to Pennsylvania’s water quality monitoring assessment. The bi-annual report is required under the federal Clean Water Act. Pennsylvania has six major river basins within its borders. The 2014 report includes two major changes to river listings: the Monongahela River, which was listed as impaired for potable [...]

EPA report: Agency Needs to Get Better at Tracking Emissions from Oil and Gas Industry

In a new report published this week, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog found the agency needs to do a better job of tracking air emissions from oil and natural gas production. The EPA Office of Inspector General says gaps exist in the data the agency relies on to estimate pollutants which can impact human health [...]

EPA Sets New Standards for Soot Pollution

The smoke stacks at American Electric Po

Acting under a court order to update its soot standards, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced stricter regulations late last week. Exposure to soot (also known as  fine particulate matter) is linked to many health problems including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and premature death. The new rules will tighten air quality standards related to [...]

A Look At Who Might Be Setting Federal Energy Policy Next Year

Energy policy came up during both presidential debates, and Republican Mitt Romney has been using his stump speech to blast the Obama Administration’s support for renewable energy – and as he frames it, its opposition to the coal industry – for most of the year. So it’s clear a Romney White House would take a [...]

In Ohio Campaign Swing, Romney Focuses On Coal Policy

Coal was front and center on the campaign trail yesterday, as Mitt Romney visited eastern Ohio to blast President Obama for stifling the coal industry through increased environmental regulation. Cheap, readily available natural gas has played a major role in the coal industry’s recent contractions, too, but that hasn’t stopped Republicans from focusing on regulations [...]

Krancer (Once Again) Tells Washington To “Back Off”

Last month, StateImpact Pennsylvania detailed Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer’s adverse relationship with the federal government: When the EPA began an inves­ti­ga­tion of whether or not the water in Dimock, Susque­hanna County was safe to drink, Krancer essen­tially told EPA Admin­is­tra­tor Lisa Jack­son she didn’t know what she was talk­ing about. “We real­ize and rec­og­nize [...]

Rehm Talks Fracking

WAMU’s nationally-syndicated Diane Rehm Show focused on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale for an hour today. Guests discussed the falling price of natural gas, the EPA’s new drilling regulations, and methane migration. You can listen to the program here. Rehm frequently covers natural gas drilling. As she noted at the top of today’s [...]

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