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Topic: Shale Gas

Bill Would Raise Shale Well Site Bonds

August 30, 2016Power Source

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today ran an important article on the adequacy of bonding for oil and gas operations, prompted by recent legislation (HB2277) that would increase bonding requirements on operators. PEC is quoted at the end of the article, and we’d like...

Energy Issues: In and Out of the Pa. Budget

July 19, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s fiscal year budget package creates a new tax credit for power plants that clean up and burn refuse coal piles; clarifies the state’s oil and gas conservation law and shifts funding for green buildings toward natural gas infrastructure development...

Shale Gas Drilling Rules Near Passage in Pa. Legislature

Shale Gas Drilling Rules Near Passage in Pa. Legislature

June 8, 2016Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf are working to end years of debate over an update of environmental rules for oil and gas drilling that two regulatory boards approved this spring. Lawmakers are poised to allow a batch...

EQT Gets Sustainable Shale Certification

April 18, 2016Trib Total Media

A collaborative effort between shale gas producers and nonprofits aimed at encouraging drilling policies that protect land, air and water has issued certifications to its fourth industry partner. Downtown-based EQT Corp. received the Center for Sustainable Shale Development’s approval after...

Pipeline Strategy Splits Environmentalists

February 29, 2016New Castle News

HARRISBURG – New limits proposed for gas pipelines are whipping up a controversy that reveals rifts among environmentalists critical of the state’s approach to regulating the drilling industry. A 48-member task force created by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf released a...

‘Green’ Efforts Could Hit Snag in Pa. Budget

December 17, 2015York Dispatch

A Philadelphia-area state lawmaker is warning a measure included in the proposed budget deal from the Senate could delay implementing Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan and would divert money from renewable energy initiatives. The measure, House Bill 1327, would redirect $12 million from...

Shale Gas Violations Down as DEP Steps up Inspections

August 31, 2015Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas office conducted 1,700 more inspections during the first seven months of the...

EPA Unveils Tougher Emissions Rules for Shale Sites

August 21, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On one thing, the federal government, industry and environmental activists agree: Technologies already in use are driving down methane emissions from oil and gas operations. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency wants new regulations to broaden their use. It’s also...

Pa. Gas Pipeline Group Gets to Work

July 22, 2015Trib Total Media

A group of government, industry and environmental leaders has four months to write the first draft of recommendations on how to streamline natural gas pipeline development in Pennsylvania so that it boosts business without ruining land and water. “Our challenge...

Pa. Will Stop Using Industry-Favored FracFocus Database

July 16, 2015E&E Publishing

Pennsylvania oil and gas officials are breaking with fellow state regulators and planning to drop the FracFocus website for reporting the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Next year, the state Department of Environmental Protection will shift to using data reported...