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DEP releases final draft of new environmental rules governing oil and gas operations


HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released a final draft of new rules Wednesday that will govern environmental protocols surrounding gas drilling across the state. The rules will be different for conventional drilling and for shale gas drilling, although some of the new protocols overlap when it comes to environmental protection. One of the more significant rule changes ...

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DEP hosts a public hearing for proposed power plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will be conducting a public hearing regarding a proposed power plant. The proposed power plant would be located in the Borough of Jessup, Lackawanna County and will be a 1500-megawatt natural gas fired power plant.  The point of the public hearing is to hear testimony regarding the plant’s air quality plan.  ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania, August 3rd through August 9th

The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw quite a bit of action over the last week. Unfortunately, even though permits are up, one company lost a worker in a traumatic accident. Last Tuesday morning, a tragic bulldozer accident took the life of a pipeline worker in Union Township, in northern Pennsylvania.  Ricky Dettman, 54 and a resident of Nebraska, was ...

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DEP: Requests to void Shell’s air permit have been made

Environmental groups have already begun raining on Shell’s parade and have asked the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Pennsylvania to revoke the company’s air permit for its Beaver County facility. The two groups, Clean Air Council and Environmental Integrity Project have appealed the DEP’s air permit for the potential ethane cracker facility Shell plans to build in Beaver County.  ...

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Drilling Regulations: O&G Panel will say no to DEP

Later this month and into September, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) oil and gas advisory boards will be meeting to view the DEP’s final version of revised drilling regulations.  However, one board has already stated it will not approve the final draft. The board consisting of representatives from Pennsylvania’s conventional oil and gas industry has already written to ...

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Time for Waste Management Inc. to pay up

The Pennsylvania state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded Waste Management Inc. a pretty hefty fine for its solid waste violations. The DEP is fining the company $528,000 for solid waste violations for three landfills Waste Management owns and operates in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The DEP is fining Waste Management for odor nuisance violations at the Tullytown Landfill, along ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw a little bit of action over the last week, and so did the Pennsylvania’s report on Marcellus Shale development in state forests. Back in 2012, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) conducted its first assessment on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania’s state forests and found development is “neither benign nor catastrophic.” ...

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New hunt for oil in Florida raises environmental concerns

MIAMI — Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state’s regulation of the oil and gas industry. A Miami company, Kanter Real Estate LLC, has submitted a permit application to drill an exploratory oil well on the eastern edge of the Everglades. Meanwhile, federal approval is pending for a seismic survey meant ...

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Pipeline Task Force: First official meeting

It is official, Pennsylvania’s brand new pipeline task force is holding its first meeting this Wednesday in Harrisburg. The meeting will be held at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Southcentral Regional Office located at 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Wednesday.  The meeting will also be available for live-streaming online for those ...

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