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Pennsylvania’s carbon-cutting plan will await US court fight

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration isn’t planning to meet the first deadline for states to submit compliance reports under President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Wolf’s environmental protection secretary, John Quigley, said his agency is waiting for courts to settle legal challenges, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports. The first deadline is September. ...

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Wolf’s environmental protection secretary resigns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s environmental protection secretary resigned Friday after Wolf’s office began looking into an email the official sent to environmental advocacy groups from a private email address. Wolf confirmed John Quigley’s resignation in a brief interview with The Associated Press, but he did not explain the reasons behind it. The governor said Quigley did ...

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Pennsylvania regulators approve new gas, oil industry rules

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania government commission is giving its divided approval to regulations toughening oil and gas industry permit requirements. The agency that reviews regulatory changes voted 3-to-2 Thursday in favor of the new regulations, StateImpactPennsylvania reported. The three Democratic appointees voted “yes.” Drillers will now have to identify schools or playgrounds near wells, and if water supplies ...

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Ohio and Pennsylvania activity report, October 5-12

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Management department issued 17 oil and gas permits last week, October 5-12. This total may seem underwhelming compared to the previous week’s eruption of 64 oil and gas permits, but researchers at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health might see a permit cutback as a good thing. The university ...

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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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5 important facts about new DEP oil and gas regulations

New state regulations on oil and gas sites are nearing the homestretch of the rulemaking process. The latest version of changes to Chapter 78, which regulates how oil and natural gas companies should behave both at traditional well sites and shale gas sites, were unveiled Wednesday by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley and Deputy Secretary Scott Perry. Here ...

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Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals for Pa. DEP to check, enforce

Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said the department will end its partnership with FracFocus, an independent online catalog of fracking records, and develop what he considers a more comprehensive and user-friendly online database. “Our ...

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Governor-elect selects environmental, parks secretaries

HARRISBURG, Pa.  — Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Wednesday named veterans of state government as his picks to lead Pennsylvania agencies that oversee environmental protection, parks and forests, and administration. Wolf announced the nomination of John Quigley to be secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, saying they would work to develop the state’s natural gas industry with more transparency while ...

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