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Wolf Proposes Tax on Gas Drillers to Fund Education

Governor Tom Wolf made good on a campaign promise with a proposed a 5 percent tax on natural gas drilling to increase funding for public education.

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Severance Tax in PA's Environmental Future

As Pennsylvania's Capitol readies for Christmas, state government officials await a bearded man other than Santa. Governor-elect Tom Wolf takes office next month with a proposal to tax gas drillers. 

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Latest IPCC Climate Report: World Ill-Prepared

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) calls the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report "extreme," and says it will cripple the global economy. The report says climate change is closer than ever to being irreversible.

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Jonas Salk's 100th Birthday Focused on Sustainability

Dr. Jonas Salk is most famous for the defeat of polio, but on the 100th anniversary of Salk's birth, luminaries in the environmental field spoke in Pittsburgh to call attention to Salk's interest in sustainability.

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Air Pollution and Autism Connected in Pitt Research

Researchers think they’ve found a link between prenatal and early childhood exposure to air pollution and autism. The University of Pittsburgh study's findings are considered preliminary.

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PA Governor Final Debate: Candidates Differ on Environment and Fracking

The candidates for governor of Pennsylvania met for their third and last scheduled debate, televised live from Pittsburgh. The two clashed over Marcellus shale drilling, and whether the state is doing enough to protect the environment. 

 

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DEP Seeks Record Fine Against Gas Driller as AG Files Criminal Charges

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against gas driller EQT Corporation for a major pollution incident.

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DEP Secretary Abruzzo Resigns Over Explicit E-mails

The head of the state Department of Environmental Protection is leaving his post. Chris Abruzzo’s resignation comes after the state attorney general named him in a group of eight current and former state employees who exchanged sexually explicit e-mails on state computers.

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Final Hurdle Cleared for Marcellus Gas Exports

A federal regulatory agency has put the final stamp of approval on a plan to ship Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas overseas. The decision clears the way for construction to begin converting a former import terminal in the Chesapeake Bay to export liquefied natural gas.

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Report: DEP Fails to Consider Health Impacts of Shale

Earthworks, an environmental advocacy group, charges that the state’s Department of Environmental Protection left many Marcellus wells uninspected, doesn't consider health impacts of shale gas, and prioritized speedy permitting over enforcement. The DEP says the report is biased and relies on old data.

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