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Pennsylvania well permits hit a low

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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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Final oil and gas revisions have been released


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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Federal agency to hold meetings about pipeline

They’re called federal scoping meetings. But really, what the federal government — in this case, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — tries to do by hosting such events is gauge what area property owners view as safety and environmental issues about major construction projects, such as the 250-mile pipeline that NEXUS Gas Transmission wants to build across 11 northern Ohio ...

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DEP wants ‘significant’ Sunoco fine for drilling mud spills


FINLEYVILLE, Pa. — The state Department of Environmental Protection is negotiating a “significant” fine with Sunoco Pipeline for thousands of gallons of drilling clay that a subcontractor spilled into several western Pennsylvania creeks. A spokesman for Philadelphia-based Sunoco isn’t commenting on comments DEP spokesman John Poister made to the (Washington) Observer-Reporter. Poister says DEP officials are seeking the fine for ...

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Fracking, climate change author Seamus McGraw to give Keystone College talk

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One of Northeast Pennsylvania writer Seamus McGraw’s many stories serves as the perfect metaphor for Americans’ binary understanding of hydraulic fracturing and climate change. The 56-year-old ex-newspaper reporter travels the country speaking and writing on hydraulic fracturing, living on “coffee and cigarettes” and often arriving for speaking engagements on his Triumph motorcycle. His first book, “The End of Country: Dispatches ...

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Methane leaks reportedly decrease in Pennsylvania

Methane leaks from shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania continue to decline, even with increased production and more wells going online, according to data from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The agency on Monday reported decreases in total methane and carbon monoxide released into the air in 2013. Total nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and volatile organic compounds from shale wells ...

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Drilling in Frick Park mines heating source for new center

They’re drilling right now in Frick Park. No, not the kind of extractive drilling done by the shale gas industry, but rather drilling that will create an energy-efficient geothermal heating and cooling system for the new Frick Environmental Center. The geothermal system, using 16 wells, each 500 feet deep, will tap into consistent underground temperatures to reduce heating and cooling ...

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Arnold family back home after gas leak

After a natural gas leak forced them from their Arnold home nearly a month ago, the Argast family can finally return. Unsafe natural gas levels at three houses and the Arnold No. 2 firemen’s club along Alcoa Drive prompted Peoples Gas to replace 3,000 feet of new gas pipelines on that street along with Drey Street and Dunn Alley. “We’re ...

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Invenergy received wetlands violation for contractor work

Though its proposed natural gas power plant still awaits approvals from the state and the borough, Invenergy LLC has already committed one environmental violation. A local drilling contractor hired by Invenergy disturbed wetlands without a permit on the project site in July, state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said. Ms. Connolly said Invenergy hired the contractor, Eichelbergers Inc., ...

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