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Final oil and gas revisions have been released

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After years of trying to revise its oil and gas regulations, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released its second and final version of its proposed Chapter 78 regulations. The revision process started back in 201,1 and now four years later the process may be coming to an end.  The new revisions, known as the Advanced Notice of ...

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DEP chief seeking gas pipeline strategy

HARRISBURG – A “spiderweb” of new natural gas pipelines will be built across Pennsylvania during the next decade, and the state’s top environmental official wants to develop a strategy for minimizing the impact on the environment. John Quigley, secretary-designate of the Department of Environmental Protection, is creating a task force with members drawn from the industry, local governments and conservation ...

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Marcellus horizontal well activity in Ohio

oil well

While Marcellus well activity in Ohio is about the same as it has been the last few weeks, things in Pennsylvania are heating up when it comes to drilling regulations. Last week, during a meeting of the State Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (TAB), Marcellus Shale industry representatives called out the Wolf administration’s efforts in ...

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Crews begin removal of contaminated soil at derailment site

Workers on Tuesday started removing contaminated soil containing oil that spilled after a CSX train derailed in Fayette County, according to a CSX spokesman. Nearly 30 tank cars of the 109-car train, carrying oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, derailed in Fayette County on Feb. 16. The derailment sparked explosions and fires, destroying one house and causing evacuations ...

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Small spill, inadequate containment reported during oil cleanup

A mixture of oil and water recovered from the Fayette County train derailment site was being kept in containers that didn’t meet state requirements for secondary containment, according to federal and state officials. The situation was discovered by a DEP inspector Friday. The next day, around 20 gallons of oil/water mix spilled as it was being offloaded from a vacuum ...

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Pa. environmental rules rewrite on shaky track to 2016 deadline

drilling almost complete

New faces in the governor’s office, changes in the makeup of two advisory boards and a series of delayed meetings will not derail Pennsylvania’s largest rewrite of environmental rules for gas and oil drilling since the shale era began, the industry’s top state regulator promises. “That is a failure. That is bad government,” Scott Perry, deputy secretary for oil and ...

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JKLM Energy and PGE find success in the Northern Utica

shale

As drilling across the northern Utica continues to yield promising results, area residents are showing more and more interest in how the industry will affect the northern half of Pennsylvania. The Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center sponsored award-winning Penn State geoscientist Dr. Terry Engelder, who came to speak in Coudersport on Tuesday to address this very issue. Dr. Engelder’s ...

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Oops! Marcellus did it again

COURTESY: U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION This chart shows the Marcellus Shale's daily gas production from 2007 to 2015.

Drilling companies in Pennsylvania did it again and broke another production record.  According to data released by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), last year shale gas production increased by 30 percent. Marcellus drillers alone produced over 2 trillion cubic feet of gas during the second half of 2014.  Throughout the entire year, drillers produced 4 trillion cubic feet, equivalent ...

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