Drilling http://wesa.fm en PA Natural Gas Advisory Committee Scheduled To Meet Again http://wesa.fm/post/pa-natural-gas-advisory-committee-scheduled-meet-again <p>Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Advisory Committee (NGAC) is supposed to discuss the role of state forest land in energy production — it just hasn’t done it yet.</p><p>The commonwealth has already leased about 385,400 acres of forest land for natural gas extraction, according to a report released by the DCNR in October.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 16:54:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 19744 at http://wesa.fm PA High Court Strikes Down Zoning Limits on Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/pa-high-court-strikes-down-zoning-limits-drilling <p>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday struck down portions of a law that stripped some of the powers municipalities have to decide where the natural gas industry can operate — portions that the industry had sought from Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers.</p><p>The justices ruled the 2012 law unconstitutionally restricted the power of municipalities, although the 4-to-2 majority disagreed as to why it was unconstitutional.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:04:09 +0000 The Associated Press 21679 at http://wesa.fm Duquesne University Hosts Fracking Conference http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-university-hosts-fracking-conference <p>More than two dozen researchers meet Monday at Duquesne University as part of a symposium on the latest findings regarding Marcellus Shale drilling.</p><p>Foundation-funded researchers from universities including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke and Yale presented their independent research on topics such as air quality, human and animal health, effects on water treatment plants and local government response to shale gas development.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 20271 at http://wesa.fm DEP Continues Air Quality Study In Southwestern PA http://wesa.fm/post/dep-continues-air-quality-study-southwestern-pa <p>The Department of Environmental Protection will continue to study air quality near gas wells in Washington County through the end of the year.</p><p>In 2012, the DEP began a long-term study to measure ambient air pollution in Chartiers and Hickory townships, where both “wet” and “dry” natural gas are being extracted and sold through compressor stations and pipeline networks.</p><p>DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday said while most of the attention has been on water contamination, the emphasis is beginning to shift towards drilling’s effect on air pollution.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 14181 at http://wesa.fm CEO of Marcellus Shale Coalition Stepping Down http://wesa.fm/post/ceo-marcellus-shale-coalition-stepping-down <p>After nearly four years, the head of Pennsylvania’s leading natural gas industry group will be stepping down.</p><p>The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced Friday its CEO Kathryn Klaber will be leaving the group this fall and will stay on during a nationwide search for her replacement.</p><p>Klaber, a Beaver Falls native, will be representing the MSC at upcoming events in Australia and London and will host the group’s third annual Shale Insight conference in Philadelphia in September.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:31:40 +0000 Michael Lynch 13817 at http://wesa.fm Report Shows PA Fracking Requirements Inadequate http://wesa.fm/post/report-shows-pa-fracking-requirements-inadequate <p>The fracking debate continues.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.pennenvironment.org/sites/environment/files/reports/The%20Costs%20of%20Fracking%20vPA_0.pdf">study</a> released Tuesday by an environmental activist group shows Pennsylvania’s bonding practices are inadequate to cover the cost and range of damage from drilling and fracking activities.</p><p>The report from the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center examined Pennsylvania’s financial assurance requirements for oil and gas drilling operations and found that the state’s requirements are lacking.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:47:10 +0000 Michael Lynch 13212 at http://wesa.fm State Website Shows Where Marcellus Shale Impact Money is Going http://wesa.fm/post/state-website-shows-where-marcellus-shale-impact-money-going <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A year after Pennsylvania enacted an impact fee on the Marcellus Shale industry, the Public Utility Commission (</span>PUC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) <a href="https://www.act13-reporting.puc.pa.gov/Modules/PublicReporting/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">launched a new website</a> that would allow the general public and local governments to see where the revenues are going.</span></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:38:48 +0000 Emily Farah 7472 at http://wesa.fm State Website Shows Where Marcellus Shale Impact Money is Going