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Pa. DEP Starts Second Advisory Board For Conventional Gas, Oil Drilling

Pa. DEP Starts Second Advisory Board For Conventional Gas, Oil Drilling

February 17, 2015Trib Total Media

A new advisory board focusing on the conventional oil and gas producers often overlooked in the surge of shale gas drilling will examine how best to regulate the legacy wells in Pennsylvania. The state Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday...

Planners Want Towpath to Link Into 1,600-Mile, Five-State Trail System

February 14, 2015Akron Beacon Journal

Imagine the beloved Towpath Trail hopped up on steroids. That’s one way to describe a brash, over-the-top vision that trail advocates are pushing in Ohio and four other states to boost economic development. The envisioned interconnected trail system would cover...

Dunbar Advances Coke Oven Project

February 10, 2015Trib Total Media

Dunbar Borough Council is moving ahead with plans to complete a coke oven restoration project. Council announced plans Monday night to meet with Brad Clemenson of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council at its next work session, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb....

New Oil and Gas Regulations Could be a Test for the Wolf Administration

February 10, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The next draft of a controversial package of state environmental rules for oil and gas well sites is due to be revealed near the beginning of March, and observers will be watching to see how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration leaves its mark...

Letters to the Editor: Regulating Methane Emissions Necessary

January 30, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

In response to the article “Gas producers: EPA methane rules too costly,” in the Jan. 23-29, 2015, edition of the Pittsburgh Business Times, it would be helpful to consider the actual costs and benefits of addressing methane emissions from the...

Long-Term Solution for Wastewater Disposal Eludes Shale Gas Industry

January 24, 2015Trib Total Media

Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target. Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators said the plants were not equipped to properly clean the salt- and metal-laden water...

Gov.-Elect Wolf Makes Slew of Selections for Cabinet-Level Positions

January 14, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf continued to reward experience today by selecting veterans of Pennsylvania state government to head up state agencies that oversee environmental protection, parks and forests, agriculture, budget and administration. Mr. Wolf today announced the nomination of John Quigley...

A Nuanced Decision on Oil, Gas Revenue From Shale Wells

A Nuanced Decision on Oil, Gas Revenue From Shale Wells

January 13, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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...

Center for Sustainable Shale Development Aims to Raise Standards

January 11, 2015Trib Total Media

Two years after a group of environmentalists joined forces with four natural gas producers to set standards for the shale drilling industry, organizers of the collaboration stopped to consider a few important questions. “It needed someone to take a look...