A New Milford, Pennsylvania, resident might lose 125 maple trees on her property if an energy infrastructure company develops the land for a natural gas pipeline. Often, these companies use the threat of eminent domain to pressure people into signing a lease agreement, but landowners like Catherine Holleran are calling their bluff.
When a Chevron natural gas well exploded in Greene County, Pa., killing a worker, the company blocked personnel with the state Department of Environmental Protection from accessing the site for nearly two days. The DEP acquiesced, despite its regulatory authority. Now, that issue is one of nine violations the DEP outlined in a letter to Chevron last month.
An environmental group gave Anadarko Energy poor marks for its environmental violations in a new report. The group is fighting the company's plan to drill in Loyalsock State Forest.
How to regulate fracking only became common cause for debate in recent years, but regulating other types of oil and gas drilling has proved challenging for ages in our region. Carnegie Mellon University professor Joel Tarr has been studying the history of natural gas drilling laws, and says Pennsylvania should create tougher regulations at drilling sites.
President Obama laid out his plans for energy and environment in the recent State of the Union address. Climate change and natural gas were both featured prominently in his speech, and in the reactions of Pittsburghers to the president's remarks.
Many of the questions about Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom have revolved around environmental concerns, but now some landowners are raising the issue of the financial side of drilling. They say they're being cheated out of royalty payments, and a state Senate panel is taking note.
The technology to power cars on propane has been around since the 1970s. It hasn’t been adopted by the average driver, but some cab drivers are making the switch to propane to power their cars right here in our region.
The nation’s new energy secretary Ernest Moniz spoke at an energy conference where he told the audience that applications for new natural gas export facilities would be decided upon by the end of the year. Gas producers want to sell their fuel overseas where it fetches a higher price. But before it gets shipped abroad, it has to be converted to its liquid form known as LNG – or liquefied natural gas.
A pair of bills moving through the state legislature aim to give consumers more access to Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas reserves. The sponsoring lawmaker lives in Marcellus shale country but doesn’t have the option of natural gas service at his own home.
The City of Elmira is just seven miles from the Pennsylvania border. And for four years, the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier crossed over the border and boosted Elmira’s economy. But now that boom has slowed down.