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Wolf aide married to gas industry lobbyist may be violating Pa.’s ethics law

When anti-fracking activist Scott Cannon’s invitation to serve on Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force was rescinded last July, emails soon surfaced showing Gov. Wolf’s special assistant, Yesenia Bane, asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to uninvite him. The move created a stir among environmental activists. It’s still not clear why the activist [...]

Wolf nominates EQT executive to Public Utility Commission

Governor Wolf has chosen EQT executive Andrew Place to serve as a commissioner on the state Public Utility Commission. Place is currently the corporate director for energy and environmental policy at EQT, where he focuses on Marcellus Shale natural gas development. Before joining the gas company in 2011, he worked on environmental issues for Carnegie [...]

DEP seeks record fine against gas driller as AG files criminal charges

Pennsylvania regulators are seeking a record $4.5 million fine against EQT Corp. for a major leak from an impoundment pond in Tioga County, the Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday in a news release. The announcement comes one week after the state Attorney General’s office filed criminal charges against the company for the same incident. In May [...]

Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front

For the last eight years, Pennsylvania has been riding the natural gas boom, with companies drilling and fracking thousands of wells across the state. And in a little corner of Washington County, some 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, EQT Corporation has been busy 2013 drilling close to a dozen new wells on one site. It [...]

EQT Uses New Pooling Law To Sue Landowners

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports EQT Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Allegheny County landowners, citing a new law that gives drilling companies the power to combine land parcels into drilling units. From the Tribune Review: The 69 individuals and one golf course in Forward named in the lawsuit are accused of blocking the company [...]

EQT Buys Marcellus Shale Holdings From Chesapeake

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports EQT Corp. has announced it’s spending $113 million to buy approximately 99,000 acres of land holdings in southwestern Pennsylvania from the state’s top gas driller, Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy. From the Post-Gazette: The acreage includes 67,000 Marcellus acres and 32,000 Utica Shale acres. Of the total purchase price, $60 million is for the [...]

EQT And Consol Bid To Drill At Pittsburgh-Area Airports

Two companies – EQT and Consol – have submitted bids to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport. Allegheny County owns the land at both facilities, and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald sees the drilling revenue as a way to alleviate airline expenses at the underused Pittsburgh International Airport. “Will that bring every airline [...]

Pennsylvania Utility Wants Customers To Help It Switch To Marcellus Gas

A Pennsylvania natural gas provider wants its customers to help foot the bill for pipelines that would enable it to purchase and distribute more gas produced from the Marcellus Shale. Equitable Gas’ argument: once the infrastructure is in place, the locally-extracted gas would be cheaper. But as the Tribune-Review reports, Pennsylvania’s consumer advocate is challenging [...]

Earth First Shuts Down Drilling Site in Moshannon State Forest

Update 9:30 pm: A blockade against natural gas drilling at a well site in Moshannon State Forest that began Sunday morning has been dismantled by police, according to protestors. Witnesses say police used a cherry picker to remove two tree-sitters this evening at about 8:30 pm. Alex Lotorto, a protester who joined a rally at [...]

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