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Circumventing Transparency: Pennsylvania’s Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy

By at May 28, 2013 | 10:05 am | 0 Comment

Circumventing Transparency: Pennsylvania’s Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy

David M. Jacobson wanted a transcript of a public hearing conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), May 2. The public meeting was to allow persons to discuss a proposal by National Gypsum and En-Tire Logistics to build a tire burner plant in Union County that would burn about 100 million pounds of […]

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Fines and Remediation: a Cost of Doing Business

By at February 14, 2012 | 7:00 am | 2 Comments

Fines and Remediation: a Cost of Doing Business

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced last week it had fined Chesapeake Appalachia LLC “$565,000 for multiple violations” in its Marcellus operations. Chesapeake Appalachia is a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, an Oklahoma City, Okla.-based company which claims to be the nation’s second largest producer of natural gas. In Potter County, the company was […]

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Corbett: Pay no attention to that Marcellus behind the curtain

By at January 10, 2012 | 7:00 am | 1 Comments

Corbett: Pay no attention to that Marcellus behind the curtain

If there’s one overriding trait to be attributed to Pennsylvania’s governor, it is consistency – especially in maintaining his promise not to impede Marcellus shale developers. In his new budget proposal, Gov. Tom Corbett has cut the allocation for the Department of Environmental Protection, which normally is charged with reviewing and granting permits that should, […]

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Chesapeake’s Jaw Dropping Fine

By at May 17, 2011 | 5:15 pm | 2 Comments

Chesapeake’s Jaw Dropping Fine

The Pennsylvania Department has ordered Chesapeake Energy to pay a $1 million dollar plus fine. The fine takes into account water wells contaminated in Bradford County and a fire in Washington County last February.
That represents the largest monetary fine issued by the DEP against a gas driller.

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Pressure or Common Sense at Pennsylvania’s DEP

By at May 5, 2011 | 12:59 pm | 0 Comment

Pressure or Common Sense at Pennsylvania’s DEP

Is it political pressure, or common sense that once again prevails at Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection? The DEP is backpedaling on a policy change it made only a few short weeks ago that hamstrung inspectors in the Marcellus Shale and cast a jaundiced eye on DEP’s, then Acting Secretary, Michael Krancer. Krancer has since been appointed to the position.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 5, 2011 | 9:38 am | 0 Comment

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; no go on bin Laden’s photo. President Obama has decided it is in the best interest of America and American’s not to release the most talked about picture on the planet. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection reverses course, was it pressure or common sense? And, RTC’s Eric Epstein will talk about all those freebies some lawmakers in Pennsylvania recently pocketed. You can hear and join the conversation on 580 talk radio starting at 4:00 pm. (EST)

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at April 27, 2011 | 9:41 am | 992 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission is stacked with folks that contributed to Governor Corbett’s campaign, and many of the members work for companies that were fined last year for environmental violations. In Japan, authorities say they will call in outside experts to assess what went wrong at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, and Pennsylvania’s Senate confirms four more cabinet nominees for Corbett.

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Oversite like never before in the Marcellus

By at April 26, 2011 | 3:42 pm | 164 Comments

Oversite like never before in the Marcellus

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is doing more than looking over the shoulder of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection. The EPA is apparently not satisfied with the way the DEP is handling an investigation into last week’s spill in the Marcellus Shale

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at April 26, 2011 | 9:11 am | 2 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; as RTC’s John Messeder learned when it comes to education there is no such thing as free. The EPA is in Pennsylvania doing more than just looking over the DEP’s shoulder, and Governor Corbett signs Act 1, which goes well beyond killing the mandatory installation of sprinklers.

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Cease, but not Desist in the Marcellus

By at April 20, 2011 | 11:36 am | 1 Comments

Cease, but not Desist in the Marcellus

Governor Tom Corbett says he will protect Pennsylvania’s waterways and now he ‘s trying to live up to his words. Corbett instructed acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer to shut the door on gas drillers that send wastewater to 15 treatment facilities.

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