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Quigley hearing could stir debate


HARRISBURG – Sparring over gas drilling and climate change will likely spice up the Senate confirmation hearing for John Quigley as state environmental secretary sometime this spring. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary from 2009 to 2011 during the Rendell administration, Mr. Quigley knows about being grilled by senators. This time around there is more material for senators to ...

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DEP releases monitoring plan for frack sand facility

State environmental regulators announced this week how they plan to measure airborne silica sand from a proposed transfer facility near Tunkhannock. D&I Silica LLC of Sheffield plans to build a station to transfer silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing from train cars to trucks. The idea led to concerns among residents who pointed to reports of health problems that could ...

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Corps asks more input on nuclear dump plans


The tenor of citizens comments at Tuesday’s public hearing on the Parks Township nuclear waste dump cleanup was unmistakeable. Perry Roberts of Gilpin may have expressed it best: “We need to get it done this time, and we need to get it done right,” Roberts told Army Corps of Engineers officials. About 150 people attended the hearing conducted by the ...

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Forced pooling policies remain unclear in Pennsylvania’s shale plays


The first modern test case of a controversial section of Pennsylvania’s dusty Oil and Gas Conservation Law ended with a fizzle in 2014 when the drilling company that sought to use it withdrew its application. Hilcorp Energy Co. wanted to use the “forced pooling” provisions of the law to drill and hydraulically fracture the Utica Shale beneath property in northwestern ...

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Winfield Township supervisors delay vote on drilling ordinance

The Winfield Township supervisors have delayed voting on an ordinance regulating oil and gas exploration in the township until challenges to similar regulations in two other townships are resolved. Residents in Middlesex Township, Butler County and Allegheny Township have appealed zoning ordinances that allow Marcellus shale gas drilling in most areas of the communities. “We do not have any problems ...

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Marcellus info to be provided by online tool


A new online mapping tool promises to make it simpler for residents in areas with Marcellus Shale activity to see facilities near them, report pollution incidents and file complaints about site activity. It will also help ensure accountability for the state agencies responsible for rectifying mishaps, developers of the digital mapping system said. The newly unveiled shale infrastructure map from ...

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Summit: Redesign saved a couple hundred million

Summit Power Group say cost-cutting efforts for a clean-coal plant should be able to save hundreds of millions of dollars of the long-delayed project. The officials, in a closed-door meeting with city officials this week, said plummeting oil prices in the Permian Basin could relieve the labor market enough to reduce what had been prohibitive costs. Julio Friedman, the deputy ...

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DEP orders XTO to stop earth moving at shale site in Butler County

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered XTO Energy Inc. to cease and desist its earth moving work that the state said was never approved at a shale well drilling site in Butler County. “XTO’s failure to obtain proper authorization before commencing earth disturbance activities at the truck area portion of the Cratty Unit Project violated state regulation and ...

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DEP fines Cabot for January tank explosion caused by cellphone

court ordered fine

On a cold, breezy Jan. 11 night, a water truck driver climbed a tank that sat next to a set of producing Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. wells in Susquehanna County. The rectangular metal tank held production fluid, according to a state Department of Environmental Protection report from that night. The term describes ancient water and other constituents trapped in ...

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Ruling eases curbs on gas compressor plants

The ripples from a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June have reached Pennsylvania as state regulators drop greenhouse gases from the list of pollutants used to determine whether a natural gas compressor station is a minor air emissions source or a major one. In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Supreme Court found that environmental regulators can ...

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