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Environmental groups score legal win in longwall mining case

Two Pennsylvania environmental groups scored a legal victory in an ongoing challenge to the expansion of the Bailey Mine Complex, the largest underground coal mine in the U.S. The state Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) sided with the Center for Coalfield Justice and the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club Tuesday, overturning a permit revision granted [...]

Senate advances controversial coal mining bill

The state senate has advanced a bill that could upend an ongoing legal challenge by two environmental groups seeking to restrict coal mining beneath a western Pennsylvania state park. With the backing of senate GOP leadership, SB 624 was approved by a committee Monday in an 8-4 party line vote. The measure takes aim at a pending court [...]

Bill targets legal challenge to coal mining in state park

A new proposal by state senate Republican leaders takes aim at an ongoing legal challenge to coal mining in a western Pennsylvania state park. The case, brought three years ago by the Center for Coalfield Justice and Pennsylvania Sierra Club, challenges the legality of Consol Energy’s 3,000-acre Bailey Mine extension. The groups say it would damage [...]

Judge blocks mining near stream in Greene County state park

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board has temporarily blocked coal mining near a trout stream in Greene County’s Ryerson Station State Park after two environmental groups challenged the permit. The order, issued Friday by Judge Steven Beckman, prohibits Consol Energy from longwall mining within 500 feet of the park’s Kent Run stream, until the board can rule [...]

PA Enviro Groups Issue Report Cards to State Legislators

Pennsylvania’s sweeping new regulations for Marcellus Shale drilling passed with help from both sides of the aisle, environmental groups said today as they unveiled a new tool they hope will inform voters in advance of the November elections. The “Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Scorecard” gives a run-down of where each state legislator fell on key provisions [...]

New Ad Campaign Drums Up Support for Obama’s Clean Air Standards

Environmental groups have bought air time in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, and cities across the country aimed at garnering support for reduced carbon emissions from power plants. The ads begin airing Wednesday, ahead of the expected EPA proposal to cut pollution from new plants. The ads showing children with breathing aides were created by the [...]

TIME: Sierra Club Took Millions From Gas Drillers

Here in Pennsylvania, the Sierra Club is one of the fiercest opponents of natural gas drilling. The group has pushed for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing,opposes additional leasing of state forest land, and wants lawmakers to pass a broad severance tax. That’s why TIME Magazine’s new report was so surprising: TIME has learned that between [...]

Trib: Fish and Boat Commission Leasing 43,000 Acres For Drilling

According to a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission is planning on leasing 43,000 acres of waterways to natural gas drillers, in order to raise revenue for dam repairs. The commission estimates it will need $78 million to repair the 16 dams, which are classified as high risk because they cannot [...]

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