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DEP looks to add 40 staff to oversee water programs

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal calls for a $5 million increase to the Department of Environmental Protection to hire new staff.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: February 16, 2022 | 5:53 pm

High-ranking oil and gas official resigns from DEP

As of Friday, Scott Perry is no longer Deputy Secretary for Oil and Gas Management at DEP, an agency spokesman confirmed in an email.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: October 5, 2021 | 5:52 pm

Pa. charges Energy Transfer with environmental crimes over Mariner East pipeline project

The company has already paid more than $20 million in fines for more than 120 violations of the state’s Clean Streams Law. That same law is the basis for the criminal charges announced Tuesday.

By Susan Phillips

DEP to require landfills to test for radioactivity from fracking waste

Leachate is tested for dozens of potential pollutants. But until now, landfills haven’t had to test it for radium, a radioactive material common in oil and gas waste.  

By Reid Frazier

DEP pushes to expand electric vehicle infrastructure, but challenges lie ahead

Installing EV chargers is becoming increasingly important in an accelerating market.

By Madison Goldberg

Updated: February 25, 2021 | 4:55 pm

At DEP budget hearing, some legislators focus on Pa.’s effort to join RGGI

Some Republican lawmakers criticized the agency. Its leader said it’s understaffed.

By Rachel McDevitt

DEP gives OK to public comment on fracking wastewater permits

An attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project, one of the groups that lobbied for the public comment period, said changes could be made to the permits as a result of the public comment.

By Reid Frazier

Range Resources fined nearly $300K for misclassifying wells 

Company did not disclose that wells weren't producing gas, should have been plugged
By Reid Frazier

Report faults DEP for mine subsidence oversight in western Pa.

State permits longwall mining that damages streams, properties
By Reid Frazier

Central Pa. counties get $6M to help reduce pollution headed to the Chesapeake Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding 2020 Environmental Stewardship Fund grants to Adams, Bedford, Centre, Cumberland, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties.

By Rachel McDevitt