Pushback on possible Delaware River basin fracking ban bubbles up in legislature

Pushback on possible Delaware River basin fracking ban bubbles up in legislature

Lawmakers advanced legislation this week to refund Pennsylvanians in the Delaware River watershed who lose out on fracking royalties as part of a general pushback on the river’s federal governance.

Since the 1960s, the Delaware River Basin Commission — an interstate compact between Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — has managed the water quality and use of the winding river system that stretches from the Catskill Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, June 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Green energy investment bill signed into law

Green energy investment bill signed into law

For a farmer hoping to add a wind farm or a factory looking to preserve water, a new program could help kick start investment.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed SB 234 into law earlier this week, which lets commercial and industrial property owners spread out the cost of a loan for a green infrastructure investment over a longer period of time without any taxpayer funding.

Thursday, June 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House debates, passes bill to rewrite conventional drilling rules

House debates, passes bill to rewrite conventional drilling rules

Fewer regulations would be on the menu for parts of Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry under a bill that passed the House Tuesday.

HB 2154, sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean), would follow up on 2012’s Act 13 by  reforming rules for conventional oil and gas wells, which are smaller and shallower compared to unconventional fracking wells.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

A bill that expands criminal trespass into a felony when on pipelines, chemical plants, refineries and other similar industrial or transportation related infrastructure passed the Senate Tuesday.

Introduced by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), SB 652 adds four new crimes to state law, three of which are first degree felonies that can come with a minimum fine of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the charge.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Aument turns and backs state intervention to save Pa. nuclear plants

Aument turns and backs state intervention to save Pa. nuclear plants

After dismissing the political wherewithal for nuclear subsides a month ago, Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) brought the idea back on the table Wednesday morning.

“I think we know need to begin having a conversation in this building in terms of a state solution and as a short term bridge,” Aument said following the meeting of the Nuclear Energy Caucus.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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