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Court: Massachusetts failed to adopt greenhouse gas limits

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s highest court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and sided with environmental groups that sued Massachusetts for failing to adopt strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Lawyers for the Conservation Law Foundation, the Massachusetts Energy Consumer Alliance and four Boston and Wellesley teenagers had asked the courts to rule that the state hasn’t lived ...

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Commissioner who opposed pipeline is removed as panel chair

New Jersey Gov Chris Christie

TRENTON, N.J. — The head of a state commission studying a proposed natural gas pipeline backed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has been removed as the panel’s chairman two years after he voted against the plan. Mark Lohbauer said Friday he had done some things to upset the administration, but stopped short of calling his removal payback. Christie spokesman ...

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No fracking pits allowed under new DEP regs for oil and gas industry

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday made available thousands of pages of documents outlining new rules for the oil and gas industry. Among the trove of public documents are increased regulations for unconventional drillers, which apply to companies extracting natural resources from the Marcellus Shale. All of it can be found here. Some of the biggest changes include ...

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Consol Energy subsidiary agrees to settlement over water usage

Marcellus Shale gas well developer, CNX Gas Co. LLC, has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle state violations alleging it exceeded its water withdrawal limits from a reservoir in north Franklin, Washington County, on multiple occasions from 2011 through 2014. The settlement agreement was announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of environmental Protection, which will receive $345,750, and the state ...

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DEP concludes six-month investigation of Tenmile Creek, finds no sign of radioactivity

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) concluded a six-month long investigation finding no indication of elevated radioactivity contaminating the Tenmile Creek, a primary source of drinking water tangled within the heart of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas fields. The study was conducted after questions arose following the DEP’s collection of surface water samples taken in the spring of 2014 when the ...

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Pennsylvania will monitor for earthquake activity linked to fracking

Pennsylvania plans to increase monitoring of seismic activity as tremors linked to hydraulic fracking in other drilling states spur calls for stepped up strategies to deal with human-induced earthquakes. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday they will spend $531,000 on a network of seismic activity monitors at 30 stations across ...

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Former EQT exec confirmed as new Pa. PUC commissioner

The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed a former EQT Corp. executive today as the state’s newest public utility commissioner. Andrew Place, formerly EQT’s corporate director for energy and environmental policy, was nominated for the five-member Public Utility Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf in May to replace James Cawley, whose term expired at the end of March. He was confirmed by the ...

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DEP approves air quality permit for power plant

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday its approval of an air quality permit for a proposed 1050-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Salem Township Moxie Energy LLC intends to build the $800-million Moxie Freedom facility on a 150-acre parcel in an industrial zone on Mingle Inn Road, off U.S. Route 11. DEP needed assurance emissions from the plant ...

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How sound are Pennsylvania’s oil and gas wells?

Hundreds of oil and gas well owners failed to submit required reports this year that are meant to document whether Pennsylvania’s active wells are structurally sound or showing signs of leaks and decay. The roughly 450 well owners who were sent violation notices for the missing reports by the Department of Environmental Protection represent a small fraction of the roughly ...

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