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Range Resources will pay $75K for Lycoming County spill

Range Resources has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine for a July 2012 spill on a Lycoming County well pad, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced Friday. The DEP said 3,066 gallons of a manufactured brine solution leaked out of a storage tank and onto the well pad in Lewis Township. “This was a [...]

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 [...]

Pa. DEP seeks input on overhaul of drilling regulations

Five years into Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom, the state is overhauling environmental regulations for drillers and changing the way the industry operates above ground. A public hearing Monday night in Williamsport, Lycoming County set drillers, who argued the rules would go too far, against environmentalists who say the Department of Environmental Protection did not go [...]

EPA Fines XTO Energy for Lycoming County Frack Water Spills

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, $100,000 for violating the federal Clean Water Act. The company’s drilling operations discharged between 6,300 and 57,373 gallons of waste water into the Susquehanna river system in Penn Township, Lycoming County. The waste water contained high levels of strontium, chloride, bromide, barium, [...]

Pa. DEP Fines Pipeline Company for Spills in Lycoming County

The Department of Environmental Protection fined PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering $150,000 for polluting High Quality and Exceptional Value streams in the fall of 2011. Following up to a complaint, DEP investigators found pipeline construction activity caused bentonite to spill into Larry’s Creek, which the company failed to report. Subsequent inspections found more violations of the [...]

Lovers of Pa.’s Loyalsock Forest Fight to Limit Drilling There

Deep in the Loyalsock State Forest, where no cell phone signal reaches, the sounds of rushing waterfalls and forest birds are suddenly interrupted by the sound of a helicopter. Paul Zeph of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society says the noise could be related to gas drilling. Drillers will often drop seismic testing equipment into remote areas [...]

DEP Fines Gas Driller for Lycoming County Spills

*This piece has been updated with new information from the Department of Environmental Protection.* The Department of Environmental Protection announced Friday that the agency fined Pennsylvania General Energy Company $125,500 for three spills that occurred back in January, 2012. The fine also includes failing to comply with sediment and erosion controls during a four-month construction [...]

DCNR Agrees to Discuss Drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest

For months, environmentalists and residents living near the Loyalsock State Forest in Lycoming County have been pushing the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to openly discuss plans to drill in sensitive areas of the forest and accept public input. But time and again, they were rebuffed. On Friday, DCNR announced it’s planning to hold [...]

Study: More Drilling Prosperity Ahead for Northeast Pennsylvania

A new report issued this week by the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, centered at Wilkes University, says Marcellus Shale activity is the “prime factor” for recent economic growth in Northeast Pennsylvania.  The study looks at development trends in two other shale plays, one in Texas and the other in Arkansas. It compares [...]

Williamsport Still Scratching Its Head Over Impact Fee Miscalculation

Lycoming County and Williamsport officials are still working to determine why the city, which has become a hub for northeast natural gas drilling, miscalculated its impact fee revenue by nearly $300,000. The Sun-Gazette has more: While Kelly said the city meets all the criteria needed to get more than $500,000 from Act 13 funding, according [...]

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