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Corbett faces another legal challenge to plans to lease public lands for drilling

Gov. Tom Corbett is facing a new legal challenge to his plan to open more areas beneath state public lands to natural gas development. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network asked the Commonwealth Court in a petition filed today to declare Mr. Corbett’s leasing plan unconstitutional and to prohibit further leasing and permitting of wells on or under state parks and forests. ...

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McConnellsburg company seeks to tap into shale boom

MCCONNELLSBURG — Fulton Precision Industries is looking to tap more deeply into the natural gas drilling industry. The McConnellsburg machine shop makes metal components for other manufacturers, including parts used in drilling equipment. Alan Walker, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, toured the plant and met with company officials on Monday. Company President Walter Barmont and ...

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Pennsylvania townships wary of proposed shale gas tax

There are three basic themes to opposing a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s shale gas production, such as the one currently being proposed by gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf and vehemently opposed by incumbent Tom Corbett. There’s the burden on townships who stand to lose the impact fee they’ve been receiving for two years. There’s the possibility that landowners would have to ...

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Local bans on fracking up for vote in Utica Shale

In this fall’s midterm races, hydraulic fracturing enjoys political support from many conservatives and liberals. President Barack Obama often touts it as a reason for new found energy independence. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, and Tom Wolf, his Democratic challenger, have generally disagreed only on how to tax it. Yet pockets of resistance to the extraction technique commonly known ...

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Final bills address Marcellus lease issues

HARRISBURG — Marcellus Shale leaseholders would have more protection in dealing with drillers under two new laws signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Corbett. One measure will require Marcellus well drillers to file monthly production reports with the state Department of Environmental Protection, replacing a semi-annual reporting requirement. The second measure will require drillers to provide “surrender” documents to a leaseholder ...

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Republicans tout support for drilling impact fee

No drillers are getting natural gas yet from Marcellus Shale reserves thousands of feet underground in Erie County. But Erie County still benefits from drilling in other Pennsylvania counties. The county has received $742,261 from 2011-13 in impact fees to fund bridge improvements, greenways and other enhancements. Erie County Controller Mary Schaaf and Girard Township Supervisor Bill Felege, both Republicans, ...

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Corbett rallies with supporters

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Gov. Tom Corbett promoted what he called his “all-of-the-above-and-below strategy for energy” during a campaign rally in downtown Johnstown on Tuesday. He discussed his goal to develop multiple sources — wind, solar, nuclear, timber, hydro and coal — when joined by a packed room of supporters inside the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center. Most specifically, though, he talked about the ...

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2014 Shale Insight Conference kicks off

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Today marked the beginning of the 2014 Shale Insight Conference, an annual shale development forum hosted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry advocacy group. The conference offers a venue for energy companies and related businesses to share information on the state of the shale gas industry as well as providing workshops, public affairs ...

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Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

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Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Gov. Tom Corbett and 14 other Republican governors have sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their opposition to proposed federal controls on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants. The four-page Sept. 9 letter from the governors, almost all from coal-producing or coal-burning states, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its ...

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Poll finds Pennsylvania, New York at odds on fracking

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Residents of Pennsylvania and New York differ greatly in their views on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a new public opinion poll has found. StateImpact reports that, according to poll results, 54 percent of Pennsylvanians support “the development of shale gas” while only 29 percent of New Yorkers felt the same. The survey was a ...

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