While year/year methane emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from unconventional natural gas well sites and midstream facilities in Pennsylvania increased in 2015, several other pollutants dropped considerably, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) latest air emissions inventory.
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Three environmental organizations this week released documents provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) detailing more than 61 spills reported by Sunoco Pipeline LP during horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operations for its Mariner East (ME) 2 pipeline project.
The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously confirmed Patrick McDonnell as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which regulates oil and gas development in the state. His confirmation comes a year after he took over as acting secretary for John Quigley, who resigned in May 2016, and about eight months after Gov. Tom Wolfnominated him to serve in the position. A longtime state government employee, McDonnell previously served as the agency’s policy director, overseeing regulatory development.
Seneca Resources Corp. agreed to pay the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) a $375,000 fine for violating the state’s Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act, the Oil and Gas Act and the Solid Waste Management Act.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has sent a detailed response to Republican state lawmakers that have questioned the necessity of the agency’s plans for a new general permit for unconventional well sites and general permit revisions for natural gas compressor facilities.
As state budget hearings kicked-off on Tuesday, calls to increase the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) general fund appropriations were again voiced, this time by the agency’s Citizens Advisory Council.
Houston-based Penn Virginia Corp. (PVA) common shares have begun trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol “PVAC.” Trading has ceased on the OTCQX U.S. Premier Market. “We believe the move to NASDAQ will improve the visibility of our stock, enhance trading liquidity in our shares and reposition the company for long-term profitable growth,” said interim CEO John Brooks. PVA is an independent oil and gas company mainlyfocused on the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined Rice Energy Inc. subsidiaries $3.5 million for violations at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations in Washington and Greene counties in the southwest part of the state.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined Stonehenge Appalachia LLC $1.5 million for a series of unauthorized sediment discharges and a landslide it caused in Western Pennsylvania during the construction of a natural gas gathering system there.
A sweeping overhaul of environmental regulations for Pennsylvania’s oil and natural gas industry hit another roadblock on Wednesday, when the state House Environmental and Energy Resources Committee approved legislation to scrap parts of the package that would apply to conventional wells.