StateImpact PA http://wesa.fm en State Regulators Take a Closer Listen to Gas Compressor Stations http://wesa.fm/post/state-regulators-take-closer-listen-gas-compressor-stations <p>Most of the noise created by natural gas development is temporary. After drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone. A gas well in production is pretty quiet; it’s basically just a bunch of pipes in the ground.<br /><br />But compressor stations can stay noisy for years– even decades. The facilities are necessary to process and transport gas through pipelines. When it comes to noise regulations, they’re governed by a patchwork of local, state, and federal rules.<br /> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:12:08 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact Pennsylvania 34868 at http://wesa.fm State Regulators Take a Closer Listen to Gas Compressor Stations Survey: Public Distrusts Gas Industry And Anti-Fracking Film, 'Gasland' http://wesa.fm/post/survey-public-distrusts-gas-industry-and-anti-fracking-film-gasland <p>A new study shows the public views both the natural gas industry and the anti-fracking film, "Gasland," as among the least trustworthy sources of information when it comes to hydraulic fracturing.<br /><br />According to a paper published last month in Energy Research and Social Science, people are more likely to trust information from university professors, environmental groups, newspapers, and landowner groups.<br /><br />Regulatory agencies ranked fifth in trustworthiness among the eight possible choices. They were followed by cooperative extensions and the natural gas industry. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:48:27 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact PA 31376 at http://wesa.fm Survey: Public Distrusts Gas Industry And Anti-Fracking Film, 'Gasland' 'Unclear' Circumstances on the Ground During Chevron Blaze http://wesa.fm/post/unclear-circumstances-ground-during-chevron-blaze <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It recently came to light that&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Environmental Protection investigators were <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/04/09/chevron-blocked-access-to-dep-after-fatal-well-fire-in-southwest-pa/">blocked by Chevron employees</a> in the days after a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;natural gas well explosion in Greene County. The explosion, which killed one Chevron employee, set off&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a fire which blazed for five days&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in February.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>StateImpact<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reporter Katie </span>Colaneri&nbsp;recently broke the story and said<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Chevron would not allow the DEP to park or drive onto access roads toward the well for nearly two days. </span>Colaneri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the rules are pretty straightforward concerning incidents such as the well explosion. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>DEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has authority over companies like Chevron during environmentally dangerous conditions, but </span>Colaneri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the overall situation is still very unclear.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:00:13 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27432 at http://wesa.fm 'Unclear' Circumstances on the Ground During Chevron Blaze Three Mile Island: Measuring The Impact 35 Years Later http://wesa.fm/post/three-mile-island-measuring-impact-35-years-later <p>Friday marks the 35th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history. On March 28, 1979, one of the reactors at the The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County partially melted down.<br /><br />Back then, no one knew exactly what was going to happen. The incident was unprecedented.<br /><br />Former Governor Dick Thornburgh was at the center of the crisis. He marked the anniversary at an event Thursday at Penn State’s Harrisburg campus in Middletown–not far from the plant.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:53:52 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact PA 26635 at http://wesa.fm Three Mile Island: Measuring The Impact 35 Years Later Specialists Called in to Subdue Chevron Blaze http://wesa.fm/post/specialists-called-subdue-chevron-blaze <p>According to the Department of Environmental Protection, Greene County residents can expect the Chevron shale gas well fire to burn into the weekend, but face no immediate danger.</p><p>StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Katie Colaneri is <a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/02/13/worker-still-missing-after-southwestern-pa-gas-well-explosion/">following</a> developments in this story and says a Texas well control company that specializes in shale gas fires has arrived at the scene, but the size of the flames has halted progress.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:17:35 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24378 at http://wesa.fm Specialists Called in to Subdue Chevron Blaze What Happened to DCNR’s $6 Million Marcellus Monitoring Report? http://wesa.fm/post/what-happened-dcnr-s-6-million-marcellus-monitoring-report <p>After spending more than three years and $6 million to monitor how gas drilling is affecting public forests, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has yet to release the information, and environmental groups are beginning to raise questions.<br /><br />In late 2010, the Rendell administration launched the program– touting it as one of the most aggressive monitoring initiatives by a public agency in the nation.<br /><br />More than three years later, under the Corbett administration, DCNR has so far refused to share its findings with the public.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:40:25 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact Pennsylvania 23460 at http://wesa.fm What Happened to DCNR’s $6 Million Marcellus Monitoring Report? Residents Demand Transparency Following Train Derailments http://wesa.fm/post/residents-demand-transparency-following-train-derailments <p>As crews continue clearing derailed train cars, including crude oil tankers, from a bridge over the Schuykill River in Philadelphia, the incident has amplified <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/01/22/close-call-on-philly-oil-train-derailment-fuels-calls-for-safety/">regional concerns</a> about safety.</p><p>With shipments of crude oil continuing to roll through populous areas in Pennsylvania, environmental groups and lawmakers are calling for more information.</p><p>From Philly, StateImpact Pennsylvania's Katie Colaneri explains that lawmakers and residents want these large corporations to be more transparent, and give detailed accounts of the kinds of chemicals passing by their homes.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:02:17 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23236 at http://wesa.fm Residents Demand Transparency Following Train Derailments To Clear the Air, Some in Susquehanna County Leave the Fracking Debate Behind http://wesa.fm/post/clear-air-some-susquehanna-county-leave-fracking-debate-behind <p>Two years ago, Victoria Switzer and her neighbors had stopped speaking.<br /><br />Switzer was one of the residents of Dimock who claimed natural gas drilling had ruined their water supplies. The small village in Susquehanna County became synonymous with flaming taps and jugs of muddy brown drinking water.<br /><br />But the media blitz angered her neighbors, the Teels, who said it ignored the economic benefits of drilling.<br /><br />The reporters, the activists and the industry haven’t gone away, but things have started to change.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:02:21 +0000 Katie Colaneri | StateImpact PA 20406 at http://wesa.fm To Clear the Air, Some in Susquehanna County Leave the Fracking Debate Behind After PA Couple Discovers Plan to Drill on Unleased Land, Energy Company Cancels Permit http://wesa.fm/post/after-pa-couple-discovers-plan-drill-unleased-land-energy-company-cancels-permit <p></p><p>It all started with beans.</p><p>Joyce and Steve Libal run a small orchard on their 63-acres in Little Meadows, Susquehanna County where they sell fruit and organic vegetables.</p><p>One day in early September, a friend came by to purchase ten pounds of green bush beans.</p><p>“In this area, with all the drilling going on, the conversations usually end up talking about the gas industry,” Steve Libal says. “And he just brought up that he had seen, he’s a borough councilman and they received a packet of information about a well pad behind our house.”</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:48:00 +0000 State Impact 18756 at http://wesa.fm After PA Couple Discovers Plan to Drill on Unleased Land, Energy Company Cancels Permit Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Future: Read The Missing Report http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-s-climate-change-future-read-missing-report <p>A pair of legally-mandated reports outlining how climate change will affect Pennsylvania are currently a year overdue.<br><br>The state’s Climate Change Act required the publication of both reports in 2009, followed by an update every three years.<br><br>Both documents were due last year, but they’re still under review, and the state Department of Environmental Protection won’t say when they will be released.<br> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact Pennsylvania 16228 at http://wesa.fm Democratic Frontrunner for Governor Proposes Severance Tax On Shale Gas http://wesa.fm/post/democratic-frontrunner-governor-proposes-severance-tax-shale-gas <p>Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz announced Wednesday that as governor, she would impose a 5 percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale production.</p><p>Schwartz told reporters on a conference call that <a href="http://allysonschwartz.com/wp-content/uploads/Schwartz-Shale-MC13.pdf">her plan</a>&nbsp;for what she called a “reasonable, fair, moderate tax” would generate $612 million this year and nearly triple to $2 billion in about 10 years. She said she wants to use the money to invest in education and transportation infrastructure.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:26:47 +0000 Katie Colaneri | StateImpact Pennsylvania 16042 at http://wesa.fm Feds Seek Public Input On Plan to Decommission Three Mile Island http://wesa.fm/post/feds-seek-public-input-plan-decommission-three-mile-island <p>Thirty-five years after the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history, plans for the eventual decommissioning of the Three Mile Island plant are still causing a stir.</p><p>In a sparsely attended yet contentious public meeting Wednesday night in Hershey, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission discussed plans for the eventual decommissioning of the plant.</p><p>About a dozen people turned out to talk about the plans, which call for dismantling the mothballed Unit 2 along with the operational Unit 1 when its license expires in 2034.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:06:01 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact Pennsylvania 15674 at http://wesa.fm How Could OSHA’s New Silica Rules Impact The Natural Gas Industry? http://wesa.fm/post/how-could-osha-s-new-silica-rules-impact-natural-gas-industry <p>Federal labor officials are proposing new rules to help prevent an old hazard of the trade: diseases caused by breathing in silica dust. Silicosis has long been a plight of workers in construction and manufacturing, but concerns have shifted in recent years to those who toil in the growing natural gas industry.<br><br>Sand is an important ingredient in most fracking fluid recipes. It’s mixed with chemicals and water and blasted deep underground where the tiny grains help keep cracks in the shale rock open for all that natural gas to come through.<br> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:34:43 +0000 Katie Colaneri | StateImpact Pennsylvania 15653 at http://wesa.fm Corbett, Krancer Fail To Disclose Vacation Homes http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-krancer-fail-disclose-vacation-homes-0 <p>Governor Corbett has failed to list an out-of-state vacation home he bought last year on his annual financial disclosure form.</p><p>The governor and his wife, First Lady Susan Corbett spent $265,000 last year on a condo at a beachfront resort community in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.</p><p>Public records show the deed and mortgage documents were filed December 5, 2012,&nbsp;but the governor did not list it in his annual Code of Conduct statement of financial interest.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:03:51 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact Pennsylvania 14900 at http://wesa.fm Drilling Opponents Pack DCNR Meeting On Loyalsock State Forest http://wesa.fm/post/drilling-opponents-pack-dcnr-meeting-loyalsock-state-forest <p>After facing months of public pressure over the possibility of expanding natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) held a public meeting on the issue.<br><br>Nearly 250 people turned out Monday to Lycoming College in Williamsport. The meeting ran an hour over its scheduled time slot, due to the number of people who wanted to comment.<br> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:37:36 +0000 StateImpact Pennsylvania 10733 at http://wesa.fm Drilling Opponents Pack DCNR Meeting On Loyalsock State Forest Lovers of PA’s Loyalsock Forest Fight to Limit Drilling There http://wesa.fm/post/lovers-pa-s-loyalsock-forest-fight-limit-drilling-there <p>Deep in the Loyalsock State Forest, where no cell phone signal reaches, the sounds of rushing waterfalls and forest birds are suddenly interrupted by the sound of a helicopter.<br><br>Paul Zeph of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society says the noise could be related to gas drilling. Drillers will often drop seismic testing equipment into remote areas that are difficult to reach by roads. And that leads Zeph to cite one of the many worries that naturalists and outdoors lovers have with plans to expand drilling in the Loyalsock.<br> Fri, 24 May 2013 14:15:02 +0000 StateImpact Pennsylvania 10146 at http://wesa.fm Lovers of PA’s Loyalsock Forest Fight to Limit Drilling There Poll Shows Support for a Drilling Moratorium in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/poll-shows-support-drilling-moratorium-pennsylvania <p>A new poll out Tuesday shows strong support for a moratorium on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, despite showing general support for gas extraction.<br><br>The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan, in conjunction with the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, surveyed both Pennsylvania and Michigan residents on fracking. The survey shows general support for gas extraction in Pennsylvania. Forty-nine percent of respondents approve, and 40 percent oppose.<br> Wed, 15 May 2013 14:24:19 +0000 StateImpact Pennsylvania 9589 at http://wesa.fm Poll Shows Support for a Drilling Moratorium in Pennsylvania EPA Supports DEP Findings, Will Not List Susquehanna River As Impaired Waterway http://wesa.fm/post/epa-supports-dep-findings-will-not-list-susquehanna-river-impaired-waterway <p>For years, both anglers and scientists have witnessed death and disease in the Susquehanna River’s smallmouth bass population.<br><br>The issue has gained national attention, yet two state agencies have clashed over how to handle the problem.<br><br>The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission disagreed over whether a 100-mile stretch of river’s main stem should be officially labeled as “impaired.”<br> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:19:00 +0000 StateImpact Pennsylvania 9340 at http://wesa.fm