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DEP fines natural gas company $1.7M for drilling violations

State environmental officials have fined a natural gas company $1.7 million for problems at well sites in Greene and Clearfield counties. Energy Corporation of America was cited for, among other things, operating storage pits without proper permits and for pits that leaked. The violations took place at 17 well sites, according to the Pennsylvania Department [...]

With coal consumption down, production ticks up from some Appalachian mines

While the United States burned less coal in 2017 than it had in three decades, an uptick in global demand for Appalachia’s metallurgical coal — used in the steelmaking process — helped boost production this past year, according to a new analysis by an economic research firm. Coal production rose 6 percent across the United [...]

Power grid bracing for ‘bomb cyclone,’ bitter cold

A one-two punch of bitter cold temperatures and Winter Storm Grayson, a so-called ‘bomb cyclone’ moving up the Atlantic Coast, will stress the electrical grid in Pennsylvania and much of the Northeast this week. But the region’s grid operator says it’s better prepared to deal with the winter misery because of recent experiences with extreme [...]

Pennsylvania’s gas fields ramp up for more drilling in 2018

Activity in Pennsylvania’s gas fields slowed in recent years amid low prices, but operators ramped up drilling in 2017, and they’re expecting to drill even more in the new year. The site of some of the state’s newest gas wells lies atop a Washington County hill in Frank Brownlee’s backyard. Brownlee, 68, lives a quarter-mile [...]

CNX Gas fined more than $400,000 for drilling violations in Greene County

CNX Gas Co. has agreed to pay two fines to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for drilling violations that took place in 2015 and 2016 in Greene County. The penalties, totaling $433,500, stem from incidents at four well sites that affected waterways and vegetation, according to the DEP. The company failed to properly control [...]

Energy in 2017: Regulatory rollback and environmentalist angst

The priorities set by a new presidential administration dominated energy news in 2017. President Donald Trump and his cabinet set an agenda to “unleash” America’s energy potential, removing the barriers they perceive to be holding back domestic energy production — often to the dismay of the environmental community. Here’s a compilation of the year’s biggest [...]

Cabot Oil wants money from homeowner for critical claims following settled lawsuit

A gas driller argued in court Monday that it’s entitled to monetary damages from a Pennsylvania homeowner who continued bad-mouthing the company after settling his water-contamination lawsuit against it more than five years ago. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. claims Dimock resident Ray Kemble and his former lawyers tried to extort the company through [...]

Lawmakers consider breaks for oil, gas in tax bills

As lawmakers hash out differences between the tax bills in front of Congress, they must decide whether to keep a proposed tax break for oil and gas investors — and just how big the reduction should be. Both the House and Senate versions cut the tax rate for owners of oil and gas companies that [...]

Cabot Oil and Gas to pay $99,000 for air quality violations in Susquehanna County

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. will pay $99,000 as part of an agreement with the state environmental protection department, which found air quality violations at natural gas well sites in Susquehanna County. The DEP also said that for 20 wells, Cabot didn’t submit reports that are used to figure out whether the wells would be [...]

Well pad fire in Somerset County prompts evacuation of nearby residents

Some Somerset County residents were evacuated Thursday morning after firefighters responded to a fire on a natural gas well pad. There were no injuries. Flames and odors of gas were first reported to authorities shortly before 9 a.m., according to a Somerset County 911 incident report. The Tribune Review cited emergency dispatchers who said several [...]

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