Gov. Wolf calls on rail companies to improve safety in crude oil deliveries

Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to rail companies CSX and Norfolk Southern, urging them to adopt increased safety standards for transports carrying crude-by-rail or CBR.

"Every week a large volume of CBR and, in particular, Bakken crude oil, is shipped across this state," the governor said in his letter.

"While the recent actions taken by the railroad industry have certainly been of value, explosive derailments took place in Dubuque, Iowa on February 4, 2015; Mt. Carbon, West Virginia on February 16, 2015; Galena, Illinois on March 5, 2015; and Heimdal, North Dakota on May 6, 2015. All four of these derailments involved the new generation CPC-1232 tank cars, and all four occurred at speeds below the current voluntary speed limit of 40 miles per hour."

Approximately 60 to 70 trains carrying Bakken crude oil travel through Pennsylvania each week.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court holds PSP denied basic due process in Uzarski v. PSP

In a unanimous opinion Tuesday, the Commonwealth Court held the Pennsylvania State Police denied one of its employees—a liquor enforcement officer named Nichole Beswick Uzarski—basic due process rights in a dispute over a damaged GPS device by both failing to provide her notice of a final determination and not providing her the opportunity for an inter-agency appeal.

The court sent the matter back to the State Police for further adjudication at the agency level.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf taps gas executive for PUC post

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday announced he has nominated Andrew Place, corporate director for energy and environmental policy at EQT Corporation, to the Public Utilities Commission.

He will take the spot vacated by PUC Commissioner James Cawley, who is departing the commission after serving for nearly two decades of combined service, a portion of that time spent as chairman.

Monday, May 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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McGinty fires back at natural gas industry’s “distractions and distortions” over severance tax

During Monday’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, took issue with what she called “distractions and distortions” proffered by the natural gas industry in opposition to the natural gas severance tax proposed by Gov. Wolf.

She particularly took issue with claims made by the industry that the severance tax would not be profitable due to the low price of natural gas and the tax would unfairly hurt the industry’s ability to thrive in Pennsylvania by hurting profits.

Monday, May 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House to consider budget amendments in first week of June

House to consider budget amendments in first week of June

Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee moved a vehicle budget bill to the House floor, setting the stage for the legislation to be considered on second consideration the first week of June.

House Bill 1192—which largely reflects the current fiscal year’s budget—moved the committee along a party-line vote.

“I’m not introducing House Bill 1192 as a final product,” said Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). “This is a vehicle, it’s simply a placeholder so that a bill will be in place to start the budget process and hopefully complete by June 30.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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