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Energy & Environment (Striking a balance)



Updated: July 14, 2020 | 5:58 pm

Wolf, legislature draw closer to more tax breaks for the natural gas industry

The compromise measure lowers the size of the tax break from more than $1 billion to $670 million over 25 years.

By Rachel McDevitt

Q&A: Terry Engelder, Penn State scientist whose work led to the shale gas boom, talks about grand jury report on fracking

Now a professor emeritus of geosciences at Penn State, Terry Engelder acknowledged some mistakes by the state and by industry, but challenged parts of the grand jury report.

By Anne Danahy

Are gas royalty owners buyers or sellers? In a court fight over royalties, the answer to that question could make all the difference to landowners

The state attorney general’s office says when someone sells drilling rights to a company, they should be covered under the consumer protection law. Drillers in the lawsuit argue the landowners aren’t buying anything — so they’re not protected consumers.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. House moves to block RGGI entrance as DEP estimates it will save money and lives

The House voted 130-71 Wednesday to prevent the state joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through executive action.

By Rachel McDevitt

Family that lost hundreds of trees to failed pipeline project settles with company, gets land back

Constitution pipeline builder cut 558 trees to make way for line that never got built
By Susan Phillips

Updated: June 26, 2020 | 3:30 pm

Pa. grand jury report on fracking: DEP failed to protect public health

“Regulators were supposed to prevent abuse by big corporations, and level the playing field,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “But they didn’t.”

By Reid Frazier and Susan Phillips

Pa. attorney general charges Cabot Oil and Gas with environmental crimes

More than a decade after DEP found Cabot caused methane migration in Dimock, the Houston-based company faces criminal charges.

By Susan Phillips

Range Resources pleads no contest to environmental crimes at southwest Pa. well sites

AG Josh Shapiro charges company for leaks, spills in Washington County
By Reid Frazier

House committee takes first step to block Pa.’s entry into regional cap-and-trade program

The bill would bar the Department of Environmental Protection from taking any action that is designed to control carbon dioxide emissions, including participation in a regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program such as RGGI, unless the action is authorized by the General Assembly.  

By Rachel McDevitt

EPA’s new rule limits states’ ability to regulate pipelines under the Clean Water Act

The EPA’s new rule reverses 50 years of practice regarding how states protect water supplies from large infrastructure projects.

By Susan Phillips
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