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Pennsylvania panel to examine drilling impacts on poor communities

Pennsylvania’s Office of Environmental Justice, all but moribund during the administration of then-Gov. Tom Corbett, gets new life this week with the appointment of a director and a mandate to review, for the first time, shale gas facilities that could increase the health and environmental risks in poor and minority communities. Whether those expanded reviews will reduce those risks in ...

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Wolf to restore ban on new gas drilling leases


HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by former Gov. Tom Corbett to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. The Democrat plans to sign the order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands Thursday at Benjamin Rush ...

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Range Resources CEO: Proposed natural gas tax threatens Pa.’s edge

Imposing more taxes on record amounts of natural gas from Pennsylvania wells would harm an industry squeezed by low prices and insufficient infrastructure, the CEO of the state’s most prolific driller said Monday. Some major energy companies reduced drilling activity in the state because a glut of Marcellus gas lowered prices to half of that seen in other parts of ...

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Court to hear shale gas challenge

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a legal battle over whether the state violated its duty to conserve public natural resources by leasing state forests for shale gas development and using the bonanza to balance budgets. The case will determine if Gov. Tom Corbett and the General Assembly can go ahead with a plan to raise $95 million ...

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