Producers, Environmentalists Alike Lament Draft Fracking Rule

Oil and natural gas producers still are poring over the 171-page draft rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities on public lands, and while proponents and opponents agree that some concessions were made by the agency in the latest rule to avoid duplication of state and tribal fracking requirements, they say BLM could have gone further.

May 20, 2013

House Lawmaker Plans Post-Election Climate Change Bill

In what may be his swan song from Congress, retiring Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) Wednesday said he plans to introduce climate change legislation when Congress returns after the elections.

November 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Senator Proposes Marcellus Shale Health Advisory Panel

A key legislator in Pennsylvania said he plans to introduce a bill to create a nine-member Marcellus Shale Health Advisory Panel in the near future, a move suggested in the past by both Gov. Tom Corbett and the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (MSAC).

October 1, 2012

Maryland Delegate Plans to Offer Drilling Moratorium Bill in 2013

A legislator in the Maryland House of Delegates announced Wednesday that she plans to introduce a bill next year that would impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state’s portion of the Marcellus Shale until a comprehensive scientific study is completed.

September 14, 2012

Western Australia Mandating Well Chemicals Disclosure

The government of Western Australia said Wednesday it will introduce regulations to mandate public disclosure of “any chemicals introduced into a well or formation” although tight and shale gas development in the region is seen as “a number of years away.”

August 31, 2012

Pennsylvania Governor Drafting Impact Fee

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett plans to introduce an impact fee for Marcellus Shale producers this month.

September 19, 2011

Pennsylvania Governor Planning Impact Fee

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said he would introduce an impact fee for Marcellus Shale producers this month.

September 16, 2011

No Utility Status for Gathering Lines, Pennsylvania Lawmaker Says

A Pennsylvania lawmaker plans to introduce a bill soon that would prohibit gas gathering companies from becoming public utilities.

June 27, 2011

Pennsylvania Legislator Proposes Stiff Marcellus Impact Fee

Revenue raised through a proposed impact fee that would cost Marcellus Shale drillers a minimum $10,000 per well annually is needed to help close a project $4.2 billion budget gap in Pennsylvania, according to state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

April 29, 2011

Marcellus Coalition Pitches NGV Corridor for Pennsylvania

Looking for ways to keep demand on pace with production, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is proposing a $200 million program to expand natural gas vehicle (NGV) infrastructure across Pennsylvania.

April 6, 2011
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