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Act 13

DCNR Ex-Chief's Calendar Shows Gaps

As part of an investigation, 90.5 WESA and The Allegheny Front obtained and examined more than 600 pages of appointment calendar records for former Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Richard Allan. Allan headed the agency tasked with oversight of Pennsylvania’s 2.5 million acres of state park and forest lands from the beginning of the Corbett administration until he was let go in June of 2013. Records show a friendly relationship with the gas industry. But the most revealing aspects may be what’s not in them.

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Inside the Halls of Government, Gas Industry Makes its Pitch

The oil and gas industry has spent heavily on campaign donations and lobbying in Pennsylvania since the state’s natural gas boom began. An investigation by The Allegheny Front and 90.5 WESA found the industry spent $34 million on lobbying since 2007.

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Flooding the Zone: Gas Industry Pours Millions into Lobbying Pa.

When big portions of Act 13 were overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year, it meant the state would likely debate its landmark Marcellus shale law for years to come. Before it was passed, Act 13 was a subject of intense focus by the oil and gas industry. Critics of the law say that lobbying push had excessive influence on the process. The industry says it wants to have its voice heard in Harrisburg. As Act 13 showed, it’s willing to pay big money to do so.

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Fracking Debate Could Go Local

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision on the state's Act 13 fracking law means battles over fracking could take on a decidely local feel. The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier reports that in one Pittsburgh suburb, the next stage in the battle may have already begun.

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The Fracking of Act 13: How the Supreme Court Torpedoed Marcellus Law

How an amendment from the early days of the environmental movement gave the court ammunition to strike down Act 13. 

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Local Drilling Law under State Scrutiny

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission or PUC this week told a Pittsburgh area suburb it would review their local law limiting drilling in the township. It's the first review of its kind, and could test the state's power to oversee drilling under Act 13, Pennsylvania's landmark Marcellus shale legislation.

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Are Doctors Gagged Under Marcellus Law?

A new ad by an advocacy group takes aim at the state's new Marcellus shale drilling law.

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