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Gas industry challenges new drilling rules in Pennsylvania

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The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is challenging new state regulations that govern surface development of shale gas wells, saying they threaten jobs and investment by adding up to $2 million to the cost of drilling a well. Energy companies in the Marcellus Shale, the nation’s largest natural gas field, filed suit against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and ...

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New Pennsylvania drilling regulations up for review

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On Feb. 3, the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) passed oil and gas drilling regulation revisions, according to . The new regulations will be sent to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, the State House and Environmental Resources and Energy Committees for review. Amendments to the regulations include improved transparency, protection of water resources, protection of public health and safety, as well ...

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Top 5 Marcellus stories of the week

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6 Reasons the kitchen is the best room in the house The kitchen is the hub of the home for many households. Between a kitchen’s many functions as a source of nutrition, a gathering point, workshop and quencher of midnight munchies, it’s easy to see why we can’t stay out of the kitchen (perhaps to the frustration of the cooks ...

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

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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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Oklahoma broadens oil and gas drilling regulations to stem quakes

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July 17 (Reuters) – Oklahoma is expanding restrictions on oil and gas drilling activities to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes that has worried residents, damaged homes and raised concerns about the future of the energy industry in the state. But the action, announced on Friday, fell short of more drastic measures expected after a further increase in the rate ...

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Fiscal Code: Not so much for unconventional drilling

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While one letter has made it seem like drillers in the Marcellus Shale formation will be receiving a “gift” from the GOP in an amendment to the Fiscal Code Bill, the truth is this couldn’t be further from what the amendment will actually do. The writers of the July 10th letter “GOP Lawmakers Would Give Gas Drillers a Gift,” made ...

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New U.S. offshore oil drilling rule planned

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WASHINGTON – The United States is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing Obama administration officials. The Interior Department could make the announcement as early ...

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Fort Worth officials asked to help rewrite drilling bill

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AUSTIN – Based on the success of its own ordinance, Fort Worth is being asked to help rewrite proposed state legislation outlining the separation of powers between the cities and the state over urban drilling. Fort Worth officials were heaped with praise by state lawmakers during a hearing by the House Natural Resources Committee over House Bill 40, legislation the ...

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Wolf administration advances tougher gas drilling rules

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HARRISBURG, Pa.— A forthcoming proposal to toughen regulations for the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry will target how it stores waste, dampens noise and affects public water resources, schools and playgrounds, state environmental regulators said Monday. The proposal is the first signal from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration of how it will approach the natural gas industry after the Democrat ...

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Mansfield residents want tighter drilling regulations

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MANSFIELD — When Tamera Bounds and her husband moved into their house six years ago, they were looking for a place to retire, somewhere their nine grandkids would enjoy visiting. Their 2,600-square-foot home on the northwest edge of town seemed perfect because it backed up to a green belt where they could sit on the back porch, drink a little ...

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