Report: FBI launches corruption investigation into Wolf Administration’s handling of controversial pipeline project

Report: FBI launches corruption investigation into Wolf Administration’s handling of controversial pipeline project

The FBI has launched a corruption investigation into the Wolf Administration regarding its approval of a controversial pipeline project that stretches across the state, the Associated Press is reporting.

 

The nation’s top law enforcement agency is probing whether or not Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration forced staff at the Department of Environmental Protection to approve the Mariner East pipeline project, and whether or not Wolf or his staff received anything in return, according to the AP’s Marc Levy.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

Upon returning from summer recess, Republican state lawmakers had their sights set on advancing a package of tax incentive and permitting relief bills designed to lure big employers to Pennsylvania.

But while roughly half of the bills in the package have either passed the House or become law, a series of permitting-related bills have stalled, prompting a larger conversation on the need for permitting reform in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies

DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies

Beleaguered by lawmakers and activists who vehemently oppose the Mariner East II pipeline in southeastern Pennsylvania, state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell received a positive recommendation from the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Wednesday, paving the way for reconfirmation in the Senate. 

A bipartisan group of lawmakers had called for McDonnell’s confirmation hearing to be delayed at the end of April as they questioned the role DEP played in Mariner East’s 350-mile pipeline. The pipeline has been plagued by spills, sinkholes and the destruction of water wells, resulting in multiple criminal investigations, including those by the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Chester County District Attorney. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Fees, climate change sticking points in House Environmental Resources hearing

Fees, climate change sticking points in House Environmental Resources hearing

Fees collected by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the ongoing debate on the effects of climate change are slated to be major issues for the House Environmental Resources committee this session, if a Tuesday hearing with top DEP staff is any indication.

DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell presented his agency’s budget overview before the committee but spent most of his time fielding questions from members related to how his program spends money gained from fees it charges for permit applications, including for companies seeking to drill in the Marcellus Shale formation.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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