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DEP Announces Voting, Ad Hoc Members Of Oil And Gas Technical Advisory Board

March 11, 2015NorthCentralPA.com

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced the members of the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board. TAB’s mission is to increase transparency and communication about regulating the unconventional (Marcellus, Utica Shale) oil and gas drilling industry.TAB is authorized under...

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Pa. Environmental Regulators Outline New Draft of Gas Drilling Rules

March 9, 2015Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are moving to tighten land and water protection rules on shale gas producers. The latest draft of regulations set in motion by Act 13 of 2012, a comprehensive overhaul of drilling laws, would require new permits and...

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Guide Hopes to Encourage Small Hydro Growth in Pennsylvania

March 4, 2015HydroWorld.com

A new guide released earlier this month by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council aims to spur low-impact hydropower growth within the state. The guide, called the “Hydroelectric Permitting Manual for Pennsylvania”, was created based on feedback from the 2011 PA Hydropower...

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

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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...

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DEP Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

January 30, 2015

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary John Quigley has invited individuals and organizations throughout the Commonwealth to apply for the 2015 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The awards program is open to all Pennsylvania businesses, farms, government agencies, educational institutions,...

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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...

PEC Applauds Governor Wolf on Signing of State Lands Leasing Moratorium
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PEC Applauds Governor Wolf on Signing of State Lands Leasing Moratorium

January 29, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: John Walliser Phone: 412-481-9400 Jan. 29, 2015 The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) today applauded Governor Wolf on re-establishing a moratorium on leasing of State Forest and Park lands for natural gas development. “PEC commends Governor Wolf...

A Nuanced Decision on Oil, Gas Revenue From Shale Wells
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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...

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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...