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Planned DEP rules don’t satisfy gas industry, environmentalists

Tighter environmental rules proposed by state regulators would hurt Pennsylvania’s oil and gas producers, industry officials said Wednesday. Environmentalists argue the proposed rules don’t go far enough. More than 100 people gathered at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington for a public hearing on the state’s comprehensive overhaul of drilling laws. The state Department of Environmental Protection last month released ...

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N.E. governors change course on paying for energy projects

HARTFORD – The five New England governors at a closed-door energy meeting Thursday updated their agreement to pursue major investments in natural gas pipelines and transmission wires. Investments in the billions of dollars are needed, they say, to reduce New England’s electricity prices, which, outside of Hawaii, are the highest in the United States. The agreement released Thursday largely mirrors ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

Well permit activity for the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania has seen some changes since the last report, and that’s not the only change the Marcellus has seen.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released its final revisions of the Chapter 78 regulations. The Chapter 78 regulations, which manage oil and gas operations, have been under revision since ...

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Residents distrustful of DEP, hope to pursue laws to ban injection wells

OAK HILL – Although urging the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to deny permits for two injection wells in Lochgelly, speakers at a public hearing in Oak Hill Tuesday expressed the willingness to stop the waste injection through the pursuit of state and county law. Mary Rahall and Tom Rhule advocated for a county ordinance to prevent injecting the ...

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Pennsylvania well permits hit a low

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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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

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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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Proposed Christie-Exxon Mobil contamination deal criticized

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists have assailed a proposed court settlement of about $250 million between Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration and Exxon Mobil in an oil and chemical contamination case in which the state originally sought nearly $9 billion. The settlement figure, they argued this week, amounts to the state getting just 3 cents on the dollar ...

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