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NC argues fracking panel’s work valid


State environmental regulators are arguing that even if the commission that created North Carolina’s first fracking regulations is found to be unconstitutional the work it has done is still valid. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources makes that argument in a lawsuit brought against the state by an environmental group and a Lee County resident who lives next to ...

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Utica and Marcellus well activity in Ohio

Activity in the Utica Shale formation and Marcellus Shale formation in Ohio have both seen little change when compared to the last activity report.  Yet for one company, selling its Ohio acreage is top priority. Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., one of the more vocal advocates for the Utica Shale formation, shared that it is selling $450 million worth of its ...

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Celebrate National Drinking Water Week in Penn., or maybe not

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This week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is celebrating National Drinking Water Week, which may not be something you want to join in on after recent news. Over the course of this week, the DEP is encouraging residents of Pennsylvania to “conserve water and make every drop count.”  However, after considering the recent news what is believed to ...

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Proposed rule on noise limits for oil, gas sites in Pa. pleases none

Gas industry leaders and fracking critics in Pennsylvania have found common ground in their views on one aspect of proposed environmental regulations for drilling: A rule aimed at limiting noise from sites is too vague to be effective. The state Department of Environmental Protection is proposing noise regulations for oil and gas sites as part of its rewrite of surface ...

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Planned DEP rules don’t satisfy gas industry, environmentalists

Tighter environmental rules proposed by state regulators would hurt Pennsylvania’s oil and gas producers, industry officials said Wednesday. Environmentalists argue the proposed rules don’t go far enough. More than 100 people gathered at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington for a public hearing on the state’s comprehensive overhaul of drilling laws. The state Department of Environmental Protection last month released ...

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N.E. Governors Change Course On Paying For Energy Projects

HARTFORD – The five New England governors at a closed-door energy meeting Thursday updated their agreement to pursue major investments in natural gas pipelines and transmission wires. Investments in the billions of dollars are needed, they say, to reduce New England’s electricity prices, which, outside of Hawaii, are the highest in the United States. The agreement released Thursday largely mirrors ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

Well permit activity for the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania has seen some changes since the last report, and that’s not the only change the Marcellus has seen.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released its final revisions of the Chapter 78 regulations. The Chapter 78 regulations, which manage oil and gas operations, have been under revision since ...

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Pennsylvania well permits hit a low

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) information, the number of unconventional well permits issued for this year’s first quarter has dropped by 30 percent; the lowest it has been over the last five years. Compared to last year, the DEP issued 863 permits just in the first three months.  This year, the number of permits given out ...

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