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Uncovered DEP data reveals effects of fracking in PA

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The publicly funded and independent watchdog press Public Herald recently published the results of a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania that it says reveals “widespread and systemic impacts related to ‘fracking’.” The Herald first filed a request for records of complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2011. The DEP declined to release the complaints, telling the Herald ...

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Wolf vetoes fiscal code bill related to Pennsylvania budget

Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg. (Image via Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed the state’s fiscal code, which was passed along with the Pennsylvania budget, citing concerns about how it divides money for schools, borrows $2.5 billion, affects greenhouse gas emissions at power plants and regulates oil and gas drilling. The first-term Democrat made the fiscal code his first veto of the year Friday ...

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State: Coudersport OK to use wells tainted by driller’s soap

COUDERSPORT, Pa (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Coudersport is OK to resume using two drinking water wells tainted with soap by natural gas drillers last fall. The DEP is still investigating the soap that tainted the Coudersport wells and several others after leaking from JKLM Energy’s natural gas drilling pad in Sweden Township in late September. Some 55 ...

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Pennsylvania and Ohio drill permit report, Oct. 18-24


Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s oil and gas permit activity took a bit of a tumble since last week, but still shows signs of improvement from earlier this month. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas Management approved a total of 58 permits throughout the state. As the state’s approved permits pile up, so could the Pennsylvania’s tax on ...

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Fracking opponent motivates Plains Township crowd

PLAINS TWP. — Scott Cannon brought a message of empowerment to about 100 residents gathered on Wednesday night to hear more about a high-pressure gas pipeline seemingly on its way to and through their neighborhoods. Cannon, who heads the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, shared an audio-visual presentation, which at times brought gasps from the crowd. Included in that presentation was ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania


The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw a little bit of action over the last week, along with the U.S.’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. American Water Works Company announced last week that it has officially acquired Keystone Clearwater Solutions.  The Hershey, Pennsylvania-based company is a water service provider that offers a wide range of water services ...

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State DEP to use in-house database to collect fracking, well site data

The state Department of Environmental Protection is creating its own electronic database that will record all of the chemicals gas companies use in the hydraulic fracturing process. Since 2012 the state has mandated that companies list the chemicals used in the fracking process and, until now, had used an independent source called FracFocus to run the database. But DEP officials ...

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Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals for Pa. DEP to check, enforce

Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said the department will end its partnership with FracFocus, an independent online catalog of fracking records, and develop what he considers a more comprehensive and user-friendly online database. “Our ...

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Time for Chevron to pay up

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has completed its investigation of a fatal gas well explosion and fire that occurred early 2014 and decided what Chevron’s penalty will be. The company’s Appalachia division is being fined $940,000 for violating the state’s Oil and Gas Act. According to the DEP, Chevron failed “to construct and operate the well site to ...

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Gas impact fee is on a steady decline

tax cut

According to an analysis released by Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO), the state’s gas impact fee on Marcellus Shale drillers is on a steady decline. In a brief released on Thursday, the IFO discovered that the effective tax rate on natural gas drillers has been decreasing for the last four years, going from 5.3 percent in 2011 to 2.1 percent ...

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