Archive for category 3 – Gas Drilling

Casey Pushes for Federal Oversight of Fracking

PSATS Week in Review U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is pushing for Federal oversight in regulating a key aspect of natural gas drilling activity.  Casey’s “FRAC Act” would put hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” under the auspices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and remove a 2005 congressional exemption that prevents the agency from regulating it.  The […]

Williams Road Maintenance Agreement

Williams Road Maintenance Agreement – PDF

DEP Secretary to Now Approve all Marcellus Drilling Citations

In a move that has drawn a chorus of outrage from environmental advocates, Pennsylvania’s gas drilling inspectors have been ordered to stop issuing violations against drillers without first gaining prior approval from secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection.  The change was ordered last week in response to complaints by the drilling industry and its […]

Corbett Says He Might Support a Local Drilling Impact Fee

Gov. Tom Corbett has long held that he would not support a natural gas severance tax.  However, he recently said that he might support a local fee on drillers.  Speaking to reporters Wednesday, the Governor echoed previous statements from his staff that an impact fee that aids local governments is something he would consider. “I […]

House OKs Major’s ‘Clean and Green’ Bill

2/15/2011 The state House has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) to address small noncoal surface mining on land enrolled in the state’s Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act, also known as Clean and Green. The Clean and Green program was created in 1974 to encourage preservation of agricultural land. Properties enrolled in […]

Marcellus Shale Update

Rep. Sandra Majors Summer 2010 Newsletter The Marcellus Shale region covers up to 60 percent of the Commonwealth and all of the 111th District, which is why this is such an important issue for the residents of my district. As this industry develops, it is my goal to fight for the interests of everyone I […]

Shale Gas Costing 2/3 Less Than OPEC Oil Incites Water Concern

Bloomberg When Victoria Switzer awoke on a cold night in March, her dog was staring out the window at the flame roaring from a natural-gas-drilling rig 2,000 feet behind her house. She remembers trees silhouetted in a demonic dance as the plume burned off gas that had been building up under her land. She discovered […]

House Committee Holds Hearings on Marcellus Shale and Severance Tax

House Finance Committee chairman David Levdansky (D-Allegheny) took his committee on the road this week, holding hearings on his gas severance tax bill, HB 2443. This bill would levy a 25 cents per cubic foot tax on natural gas extracted within the Marcellus Shale, with 45% of the proceeds going to the State’s General Fund. […]