Pushback on possible Delaware River basin fracking ban bubbles up in legislature

Pushback on possible Delaware River basin fracking ban bubbles up in legislature

Lawmakers advanced legislation this week to refund Pennsylvanians in the Delaware River watershed who lose out on fracking royalties as part of a general pushback on the river’s federal governance.

Since the 1960s, the Delaware River Basin Commission — an interstate compact between Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — has managed the water quality and use of the winding river system that stretches from the Catskill Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, June 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Senate advances pipeline commission bill while construction halts again on Mariner East 2

Senate advances pipeline commission bill while construction halts again on Mariner East 2

The state Public Utility Commission order construction halted on the nearly complete Mariner East 2 pipeline Thursday.

Their decision comes as the Senate moved a resolution, SR 373, out of committee earlier this week to dive deeper into pipeline policies and enforcement.

Thursday, June 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Local activists oppose partnership between PWSA and Peoples Natural Gas

Local activists oppose partnership between PWSA and Peoples Natural Gas

Efforts by natural gas company Peoples Gas to partner with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has earned the ire of several activists and community leaders in recent weeks. So much so that grassroots advocacy group Our Water Campaign gathered in front of the company’s North Shore headquarters Wednesday morning to launch a petition against what it thinks will lead to the privatization of the PWSA.

Thursday, June 14, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

A bill that expands criminal trespass into a felony when on pipelines, chemical plants, refineries and other similar industrial or transportation related infrastructure passed the Senate Tuesday.

Introduced by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), SB 652 adds four new crimes to state law, three of which are first degree felonies that can come with a minimum fine of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the charge.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Industry critics pan latest severance tax proposal

Industry critics pan latest severance tax proposal

If Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement Monday that he is again pushing for a severance tax appeared familiar to those listening, so too seemed the gas industry’s reply.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
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