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Pa. environmental rules rewrite on shaky track to 2016 deadline

New faces in the governor’s office, changes in the makeup of two advisory boards and a series of delayed meetings will not derail Pennsylvania’s largest rewrite of environmental rules for gas and oil drilling since the shale era began, the industry’s top state regulator promises. “That is a failure. That is bad government,” Scott Perry, deputy secretary for oil and ...

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JKLM Energy and PGE find success in the Northern Utica

As drilling across the northern Utica continues to yield promising results, area residents are showing more and more interest in how the industry will affect the northern half of Pennsylvania. The Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center sponsored award-winning Penn State geoscientist Dr. Terry Engelder, who came to speak in Coudersport on Tuesday to address this very issue. Dr. Engelder’s ...

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Oops! Marcellus did it again

COURTESY: U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION This chart shows the Marcellus Shale's daily gas production from 2007 to 2015.

Drilling companies in Pennsylvania did it again and broke another production record.  According to data released by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), last year shale gas production increased by 30 percent. Marcellus drillers alone produced over 2 trillion cubic feet of gas during the second half of 2014.  Throughout the entire year, drillers produced 4 trillion cubic feet, equivalent ...

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Quigley hearing could stir debate

HARRISBURG – Sparring over gas drilling and climate change will likely spice up the Senate confirmation hearing for John Quigley as state environmental secretary sometime this spring. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary from 2009 to 2011 during the Rendell administration, Mr. Quigley knows about being grilled by senators. This time around there is more material for senators to ...

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DEP releases monitoring plan for frack sand facility

State environmental regulators announced this week how they plan to measure airborne silica sand from a proposed transfer facility near Tunkhannock. D&I Silica LLC of Sheffield plans to build a station to transfer silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing from train cars to trucks. The idea led to concerns among residents who pointed to reports of health problems that could ...

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Corps asks more input on nuclear dump plans


The tenor of citizens comments at Tuesday’s public hearing on the Parks Township nuclear waste dump cleanup was unmistakeable. Perry Roberts of Gilpin may have expressed it best: “We need to get it done this time, and we need to get it done right,” Roberts told Army Corps of Engineers officials. About 150 people attended the hearing conducted by the ...

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Westmoreland defers to DEP on power plant plan for South Huntingdon

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Opponents of a Nebraska energy company’s plans to build a natural gas-fueled power plant in South Huntingdon will have to wait until after the state holds a public hearing next month before the Westmoreland County commissioners decide whether to hold their own public session on the controversial issue. Cynthia Walter of Hempfield, a scientist and environmental activist, urged the commissioners ...

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DEP starts setting up silica study in Tunkhannock

TUNKHANNOCK – Near the site where trains hauling sand for the gas industry will transfer their loads to trucks, air quality specialists with the state Department of Environmental Protection set up a portable weather station Thursday. Instruments strapped to a truck-sized white box with a protruding silver tower will measure precipitation, temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, said Gary LaBelle ...

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