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Pittsburgh suburbs decide as fracking comes near: Welcome it, or resist?

Michael Thomas didn’t think the Marcellus shale industry, with its multi-acre well pads and large drilling operations, would come to the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum. But then one day last summer, it did. “I was on vacation and I got an e-mail from a council member that said, ‘Are you going to the meeting tonight?’” [...]

PUC opens proposed impact fee rules for public comment

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission put out its proposed rules for collecting and distributing impact fees from natural gas wells for public comment today. The proposal largely codifies the agency’s existing procedures, which were adopted in May 2012 and revised several times since then. It addresses which wells are subject to the fee and the [...]

PA Enviro Groups Issue Report Cards to State Legislators

Pennsylvania’s sweeping new regulations for Marcellus Shale drilling passed with help from both sides of the aisle, environmental groups said today as they unveiled a new tool they hope will inform voters in advance of the November elections. The “Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Scorecard” gives a run-down of where each state legislator fell on key provisions [...]

Q & A: Benninghoff’s Post-Vote Answers Stay Vague

This morning, members of the House Finance Committee packed into a small, out-of-the-way conference room to vote on House Bill 1950, which had first been made public on the General Assembly website about twelve hours earlier. Lawmakers debated the measure for about an hour, before approving it on a party-line 15-10 vote. The measure mirrors [...]

House Measure Preempts Local Drilling Regulations

The debate over whether or not to impose an impact fee on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania is about to be ramped up a few notches. A new House proposal – unveiled tonight and primed for a Wednesday morning committee vote – would strip municipalities of their right to regulate drilling and drilling-related activities. “All [...]

South Fayette Manager May Take Gas Drilling Job

The manager of an Allegheny County township engaged in a major legal battle with Range Resources is stepping down…to possibly take a job in the natural gas  industry. The Post-Gazette reports. Mike Hoy, the South Fayette manager for nearly 11 years, announced Monday night that he is resigning from the township, effective Nov. 11. The [...]

More Details Emerge About Corbett’s Monday Marcellus Shale Rollout

Correction: An earlier version of this post said Corbett is opposed to changes in zoning laws. We meant to write pooling, and have fixed the error. StateImpact has learned more details about Governor Corbett’s Monday rollout of his Marcellus Shale agenda. On Monday morning, administration officials will brief lawmakers, environmental advocates, and representatives from the [...]

Scarnati Wants A Marcellus Bill By October; Ready To Play Ball To Get One

Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati is growing impatient. He doesn’t want to wait any longer to pass a comprehensive bill dealing with natural gas drilling. On the state House’s first day back in Harrisburg since June, the Jefferson County Republican set a deadline. “I want it moved in October,” he told the Pennsylvania Press [...]

Reuters: NY Suit Could Set Local Zoning Precedent

Checking in on our neighbors to the north… Reuters reports on a drilling company’ lawsuit challenging a local community’s natural gas drilling ban. The suit will likely have broad implications, as New York State begins its ramp-up toward hydraulic fracturing, over the coming months and years: Anschutz Exploration Corporation filed suit in state Supreme Court [...]

In New York, An Aggressive Push Against A Local Drilling Ban

Speaking of local zoning ordinances, which StateImpact covered earlier today, here’s the latest sign drillers are are taking them very seriously: An energy company is already challenging a Tompkins County, New York, community’s drilling ban in court, despite the fact Marcellus Shale drilling has yet to begin in the Empire State. From Politics On The [...]

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