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Consol Energy subsidiary agrees to settlement over water usage

Marcellus Shale gas well developer, CNX Gas Co. LLC, has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle state violations alleging it exceeded its water withdrawal limits from a reservoir in north Franklin, Washington County, on multiple occasions from 2011 through 2014. The settlement agreement was announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of environmental Protection, which will receive $345,750, and the state ...

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Pennsylvania panel to examine drilling impacts on poor communities

Pennsylvania’s Office of Environmental Justice, all but moribund during the administration of then-Gov. Tom Corbett, gets new life this week with the appointment of a director and a mandate to review, for the first time, shale gas facilities that could increase the health and environmental risks in poor and minority communities. Whether those expanded reviews will reduce those risks in ...

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Editorial: Pope’s vision as state policy

Critics of Pope Francis’ view that humanity has an obligation to protect the planet can’t seem to get their heads around the notion that there is a moral dimension to environmental stewardship. They lament that Pope Francis is not a scientist, but he does not need to be a scientist to pose environmentalism as a moral prerogative. The quest for ...

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Clean Power Plan draws mixed reviews

Individuals and business representatives from around the region on Tuesday voiced their opinions on how Pennsylvania should prepare for implementing stricter federal environmental regulations — what some said is anti-business and part of the “war on coal” and a handful said is a critical improvement. As required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection is ...

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How sound are Pennsylvania’s oil and gas wells?

Hundreds of oil and gas well owners failed to submit required reports this year that are meant to document whether Pennsylvania’s active wells are structurally sound or showing signs of leaks and decay. The roughly 450 well owners who were sent violation notices for the missing reports by the Department of Environmental Protection represent a small fraction of the roughly ...

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Marcellus: Methane and water do not mix

According to state environmental regulators, three natural gas drilling companies have found out the hard way as to what happens when methane and drinking water mix together. Regulators shared that the three companies together contaminated 17 different drinking water wells in Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga Counties in north central Pennsylvania.  Combined, the companies so far have paid nearly $375,000 in ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania, August 18th through August 23rd

The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania created a little buzz with the addition of 21 new permits last week.  However, the Carnegie Science Center shared some big news regarding additions to its science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) program. If you love science, the center’s latest addition is something you will not want to miss.  The brand new Fab ...

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DEP releases final draft of new environmental rules governing oil and gas operations

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released a final draft of new rules Wednesday that will govern environmental protocols surrounding gas drilling across the state. The rules will be different for conventional drilling and for shale gas drilling, although some of the new protocols overlap when it comes to environmental protection. One of the more significant rule changes ...

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DEP hosts a public hearing for proposed power plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will be conducting a public hearing regarding a proposed power plant. The proposed power plant would be located in the Borough of Jessup, Lackawanna County and will be a 1500-megawatt natural gas fired power plant.  The point of the public hearing is to hear testimony regarding the plant’s air quality plan.  ...

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