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Gas production increased in 2016, as number of new shale gas wells decreased

Pennsylvania’s shale gas drillers continued to break records for production in 2016, tapping about 5.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Although the increase in production was not as high as in previous years, it still represents an upward trend, while the number of new well permits are declining, according to data published this week [...]

Chesco residents urge officials to reject development plan for contaminated site

Residents of a Chester County community are urging local officials to reject plans for a 228-home development on a contaminated former industrial site that critics say threatens local waterways with toxic material including a known carcinogen. Around 100 residents of East Whiteland Township called on their Board of Supervisors at a recent meeting to block [...]

DEP fines Delco refinery for air pollution violations

Monroe Energy, an oil refiner in Delaware County, has agreed to pay $403,528 for releasing air pollutants that exceeded its permitted limits. Over the course of three years, between July 2013 and June 2016, Monroe’s violations included excessive releases of hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection reached an agreement [...]

EPA Region 3 union rep says Trump’s proposed cuts would hurt public health

The union representing employees with the Environmental Protection Agency says President Trump’s proposed cuts to the agency would risk public health. The administration is proposing to slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent. That would include eliminating more than 3,000 jobs at the agency. Gary Morton is president of AFGE local 3631, which represents EPA [...]

PA Supreme Court rules with environmentalists over remaining issues in Act 13

In a win for environmentalists and municipalities, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down  a number of provisions to the state’s oil and gas law. At issue were several items related to the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Robinson v. Commonwealth, the controversial and wide ranging environmental ruling that eliminated parts of the state’s revised oil and [...]

Wolf nominates Patrick McDonnell to run DEP

Governor Wolf has nominated the acting DEP chief Patrick McDonnell as the state’s permanent top environmental regulator. If approved by the senate, McDonnell will replace John Quigley, who was ousted by the Wolf Administration last May over an email controversy. McDonnell has been serving in that role since Quigley’s departure. Environmentalists praised Wolf’s decision, saying [...]

Gas company fined for building pipelines in the wrong place

A natural gas company and a pipeline builder in southwestern Pennsylvania will be paying a combined $184,000 for constructing gathering lines outside the bounds of their permits. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says in one case, the pipeline was constructed several hundred feet from where the line was supposed to be installed. In another [...]

DEP releases Climate Action Plan for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s climate change action plan reports the greatest potential reductions in the state’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions could also create new jobs and increase household income by reducing energy costs. The Department of Environmental Protection released its 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update on Friday, which outlines the economic impact of steps the state [...]

Air pollutants from Pa. oil and gas sites continue to rise

Air pollutants from Pennsylvania’s natural gas production sites increased from 2013 to 2014, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Environmental Protection. The air inventory data for shale gas production relies on information submitted by the industry, and includes emissions from compressor stations that utilize gas from coal beds, conventional, and unconventional wells. [...]

DEP declares four miles of Susquehanna River “impaired”

Four miles of the Susquehanna River are being downgraded by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. DEP says a stretch between Enola and Capital City Airport and another around the Route 462 bridge in Columbia don’t meet water quality standards for recreation use. Environmental regulators reached the conclusion based on data from intensive monitoring over the [...]

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