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Fracking in the forests: environmental groups ask for more public input

A coalition of 11 Pennsylvania environmental groups is urging the state to create a more formal public participation process when it comes to major land use decisions involving state forests, such as leasing mineral rights for oil and gas development. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is currently finalizing an update of [...]

Environmental groups urge Wolf to block drilling in Loyalsock State Forest

Representatives from more than a dozen environmental groups sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf Tuesday, urging him to block efforts to expand gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest. The Save the Loyalsock Coalition includes the state’s the Sierra Club chapter, PennFuture, and the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters. “This area is the last unfragmented [...]

DCNR examining gas royalty payments ‘very closely’

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources expects to bring in $130 million from natural gas drilling royalties this year. Much of the money will be used to fund the agency’s general operating expenses. At a budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee Monday, acting DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn told legislators it’s a “long-term” [...]

Report criticizes expanded drilling on public land

A report out today from the environmental advocacy group, PennEnvironment, outlines the threats posed to public parks and forests by expanding natural gas development. “Sadly, politicians from both sides of the aisle—Democrats and Republicans alike– have used their positions of power to press for opening up these public lands,” says Lina Blount, a field associate [...]

Heirs to 19th century lumber baron claim gas rights in Loyalsock State Forest

A group representing the descendants of a 19th century lumber baron is claiming most of the mineral rights in an area of the Loyalsock State Forest where there are controversial plans to expand natural gas drilling– it’s a direct challenge to two gas companies who say they own the rights and have already submitted development [...]

Public will get to weigh in on Loyalsock forest drilling plans

Facing mounting public pressure, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today it will seek public comments on controversial plans to expand natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest. At issue is a 25,000 acre swath of the forest known as the Clarence Moore lands– a treasured area for wildlife and recreation.  DCNR’s [...]

Drilling plans for Loyalsock State Forest quietly move forward

Controversial plans to expand natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest are quietly moving forward. Last month the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which manages drilling on public lands, met with two gas companies who own mineral rights there. More than a year has passed since DCNR held a contentious public meeting on the [...]

Five protestors arrested at Pa. state forest drilling site

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports five protestors were arrested on Thursday after blocking access to workers at a drilling site in Tiadaghton State Forest in Lycoming County. According to the Sun-Gazette, it took firefighters more than two hours to free the protestors from Marcellus Shale EarthFirst who had chained and cemented their arms to a pipe stretched [...]

Environmental activists block access to Lycoming County drilling site

A group of environmental activists has chained themselves to concrete barrels in an effort to block access to an Anadarko Petroleum drilling site in Lycoming County, according to a spokesman for the group. Marcellus Shale EarthFirst spokesman Mathew Louis-Rosenberg says between eight to ten activists were involved and two have been arrested so far. “Folks [...]

DCNR releases drilling company’s proposed Loyalsock development plan

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released a drilling company’s proposal to develop natural gas from a contested section of the Loyalsock State Forest after the Office of Open Records ruled that the public has a right to review at least portions of the plan. DCNR has described details of Anadarko Petroleum’s Loyalsock [...]

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