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Utica and Marcellus activity, August 23-29

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources might have approved 27 new oil and gas leases between August 23 and 29, but hundreds of oil and gas well owners throughout the state reportedly fell short of their responsibilities. This is the first year the DEP has required well owners to submit reports that indicate if a well is structurally sound or ...

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Jobless rate nudges up

Unemployment nudged up slightly for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area in July to 6.3 percent as the region struck an all-time high in total nonfarm jobs. The region hit a record of 266,300 nonfarm jobs in July, besting the past high of 263,900 jobs in the summer of 2007, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry. ...

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Stepfather charged in shooting death of 22-month-old boy

Wendell Kelly was sitting outside the Allegheny Dwellings apartment complex in Fineview on Tuesday afternoon when he heard what sounded like a balloon bursting, followed by a scream. It was about 5 p.m. Pittsburgh police officers arrived at 1600 Sandusky Court minutes later for a report of a child shot. One officer rushed inside, brought out a 22-month-old boy, and ...

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How sound are Pennsylvania’s oil and gas wells?

Hundreds of oil and gas well owners failed to submit required reports this year that are meant to document whether Pennsylvania’s active wells are structurally sound or showing signs of leaks and decay. The roughly 450 well owners who were sent violation notices for the missing reports by the Department of Environmental Protection represent a small fraction of the roughly ...

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Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections

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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 year, an 11 percent increase over the same period in 2014, according to department data. A boost in office staff ...

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Experts look ahead to the city’s future energy usage

What will Hazleton look like, in terms of energy consumption and production, not to mention green-living, in 2020, a little more than four years away? How about in 2030, 2040 and 2050? A number of experts have weighed in on how Hazleton can act wisely to become a green and sustainable city, with the emphasis on taking action now. Krista ...

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Regulators expect lawsuit over oil, gas rules process

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State regulators expect a judge eventually will decide whether they followed the proper process in writing environmental rules for the conventional oil and gas industry. “You’re going to sue us,” Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Scott Perry told industry members during an advisory committee meeting Thursday in Harrisburg. He and the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee agreed ...

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Philly Mayor takes part in climate action plans

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined two other mayors to urge cities across the U.S. to take part in implementing climate action plans. On Tuesday, Nutter joined Houston and Los Angeles mayors to speak out to other U.S. cities about setting carbon emission targets, developing climate action plans and setting protocols for carbon offsets in municipalities, reports State Impact Pennsylvania.  Together, ...

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Allegheny County Airport authority looking to replace development director

A search firm will be hired to find a replacement for the man who was largely responsible for the development of the Allegheny County-owned land surrounding Pittsburgh International Airport. But Christina Cassotis, CEO of the county’s airport authority, appears to be in no hurry to fill the post vacated last month by Randy Forister, the senior director of development who ...

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Marcellus: Methane and water do not mix

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According to state environmental regulators, three natural gas drilling companies have found out the hard way as to what happens when methane and drinking water mix together. Regulators shared that the three companies together contaminated 17 different drinking water wells in Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga Counties in north central Pennsylvania.  Combined, the companies so far have paid nearly $375,000 in ...

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