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Nat Gas Drilling Emissions Increase, Reporting Requirements Expand

Natural gas drilling industry emissions have increased along with operations activity, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection. The state requires drilling companies to report data to the DEP under Pennsylvania’s Air Pollution Control Act. The inventory represents 2013 emissions from Marcellus Shale natural gas production and … Read more »

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New Oil & Gas Rules Coming to Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced the latest draft revisions of the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites. Acting DEP secretary John Quigley says the proposed rules enable drilling while protecting the environment. The proposed amendments to Chapter 78 address surface activities at oil … Read more »

Drillers Face Radioactive Waste Disposal Challenges

Oil and gas drillers in Pennsylvania are finding it increasingly difficult to find disposal sites for their radioactive waste, according to Power Source. In the first half of this year, 421 trucks carrying oil and gas waste tripped radiation alarms at Pennsylvania landfills, and last year 1,015 loads set off … Read more »

Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Discharges Decreasing

Pennsylvania has continued to reduce nutrient and sediment loading into the Chesapeake Bay watershed, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) released its annual Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model progress run results for 2013, which shows the estimated amounts of phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment conveyed … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Company Wastewater, GE at the White House

The EPA will allow oil companies to continue dumping polluted wastewater on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation. NPR reports that there had been controversy within the agency over the practice, but while the EPA has proposed adding some restrictions, it will still allow companies to release the water on the reservation. A … Read more »

Rosebud Mining Facility to Clean Up PA River

A new wastewater treatment plant being built by Rosebud Mining Co. in St. Michael, Penn., is expected to eliminate a major source of acid mine drainage into the Little Conemaugh River. It’s the result of the state’s first mining permit requiring a company to treat discharge and improve water quality … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Pa. Drinking Water, German Shipper Banned, Chinese Solar

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reported incomplete drinking-water test results that omitted data on some toxic metals, because the department’s oil and gas division had not requested all the results. The report is part of a lawsuit claiming that fracking and storage of wastewater have contaminated drinking water and … Read more »