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Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracking oversight

WASHINGTON — Democrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern about the potential environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., the lead Democrat on a health subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, ...

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The results are in: TENORM study

Today the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the results of its TENORM Study are in. The TENORM Study analyzed the naturally occurring levels of radioactivity related to oil and natural gas development in Pennsylvania.  The study is open for further study, but it did conclude that there is little possibility of harm to workers and the public regarding radiation ...

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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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A nuanced decision on oil, gas revenue from shale wells

The words “Robinson Township” appeared 16 times in a Commonwealth Court opinion issued last week that upheld the state legislature’s right to use oil and gas revenue from drilling in state forests for general spending. In some quarters, that alone is either a victory or a disappointment. The township’s name is a shorthand reference to a case the Pennsylvania Supreme ...

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EPA delays carbon rules for power plants

The Obama administration is delaying rules aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants and will write a separate implementation plan for states that have threatened to refuse to submit their own. The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it needs time to deal with overlapping issues raised in comments on the proposal to deal with new plants — for which ...

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Natural gas pipeline regulations pit safety vs. need

Size matters. At least, it should when it comes to regulating more than 230,000 miles of pipelines that gather natural gas in drilling fields across the country, the former head of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said. Known as gathering lines, the lines largely transport natural gas to processing facilities. And, as a Tribune-Review investigation in late ...

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Producers shrugging off New York fracking ban

Even if the Cuomo administration had allowed fracking in New York State, it’s uncertain that oil and gas companies would have blitzed the borders, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. Sam Kusic reports that Jim Tramuto, vice president of governmental and regulatory strategies for Southwestern Energy Co., said operators prefer to be in states that are welcoming and where the ...

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Dispute pits small community against large gas driller

MARION CENTER — A local aquatic ecosystem that supports a host of creatures and is linked to water supplies for hundreds of its neighbors will soon have its day in court. Residents says the Little Mahoning Creek watershed in Indiana County is threatened by frackwater injection activity in the area, while a public interest law firm seeks to represent the ...

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Prices drop, but solar system sales fall as aid expires

The cost is lower, but fewer Western Pennsylvanians are installing solar systems as government aid begins to slow. In Allegheny County last year, 62 solar systems were installed on homes and businesses, compared with 10 this year, according to the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association. It’s the first year that Pennsylvania residents cannot double-dip by tapping a $100 million state ...

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