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DEP hosts a public hearing for proposed power plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will be conducting a public hearing regarding a proposed power plant. The proposed power plant would be located in the Borough of Jessup, Lackawanna County and will be a 1500-megawatt natural gas fired power plant.  The point of the public hearing is to hear testimony regarding the plant’s air quality plan.  ...

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New owner: Brunner Island power plant to burn natural gas

EAST MANCHESTER, Pa. — New owner Talen Energy says its Brunner Island power plant in central Pennsylvania will be burning natural gas in addition to coal. LNP reports the Allentown-based company plans to spend $100 million to equip the plant power its three generators by natural gas. The generators produce enough electricity to power about 1 million homes. Talen spokesman ...

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DEP: Requests to void Shell’s air permit have been made

Environmental groups have already begun raining on Shell’s parade and have asked the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Pennsylvania to revoke the company’s air permit for its Beaver County facility. The two groups, Clean Air Council and Environmental Integrity Project have appealed the DEP’s air permit for the potential ethane cracker facility Shell plans to build in Beaver County.  ...

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Drilling Regulations: O&G Panel will say no to DEP

Later this month and into September, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) oil and gas advisory boards will be meeting to view the DEP’s final version of revised drilling regulations.  However, one board has already stated it will not approve the final draft. The board consisting of representatives from Pennsylvania’s conventional oil and gas industry has already written to ...

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Time for Waste Management Inc. to pay up

The Pennsylvania state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded Waste Management Inc. a pretty hefty fine for its solid waste violations. The DEP is fining the company $528,000 for solid waste violations for three landfills Waste Management owns and operates in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The DEP is fining Waste Management for odor nuisance violations at the Tullytown Landfill, along ...

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Tests find radiation in Clyde Mine water in Washington County

Recent testing by the West Virginia Water Research Institute has found evidence of radiation contamination in water discharges from the abandoned underground Clyde Mine in Washington County near the Monongahela River that are likely related to past dumping of shale gas drilling wastewater. The new water test findings were announced last week as the state Department of Environmental Protection continues ...

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Smog component spike triggers Pittsburgh air quality alert

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state has issued an air quality alert for the Pittsburgh area, saying clear, warm conditions will spike levels of a key smog component. The Department of Environmental Protection says ozone will increase to unhealthy levels Tuesday in parts of Allegheny County and Indiana County. That puts young children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems at ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

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The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw a little bit of action over the last week, and so did the Pennsylvania’s report on Marcellus Shale development in state forests. Back in 2012, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) conducted its first assessment on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania’s state forests and found development is “neither benign nor catastrophic.” ...

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How Pennsylvania gas industry gained Corbett influence

Second of two parts. Sunday: Tom Corbett, even before winning his party’s 2010 nomination, began wooing the gas industry. Today: Post-nomination, the money rolled in, buying a seat at the administration’s table. The briefing memo from a Pittsburgh-based fundraiser recounted the star-studded first encounter between Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial front-runner and a leader of its growing gas extraction industry. “Please note that ...

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