Category: Pipelines

Marcellus Shale Images | Majorsville transformation

Our March 21, 2014 flight over the Utica and Marcellus Shale revealed the rapid pace of development on a huge cryogenic gas plant in a West Virginia valley known as Majorsville (Google Map link) as well as capturing additional images of shale gas production,… Continue Reading “Marcellus Shale Images | Majorsville transformation”

Pennsylvania DEP Permit Notices | Compliance Dashboard | Nov 5-12, 2022

The following DEP notices were published in the November 12 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups — Lower Mount… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania DEP Permit Notices | Compliance Dashboard | Nov 5-12, 2022”

Proposed Pipeline Expansion in WV, Ohio & PA – Comment Period Open

FERC is taking public comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) until 5:00pm ET on November 21, 2022 Mike Tony reports in the October 26, 2022 Charleston Gazette-Mail: Equitrans LP, subsidiary of Mountain Valley Pipeline lead developer Equitrans Midstream Corp., has proposed construction… Continue Reading “Proposed Pipeline Expansion in WV, Ohio & PA – Comment Period Open”

UPDATED: Bentworth School District Closed due to Equitrans Midstream Fire

Bentworth schools were closed Friday November 4, 2022 due to a fire on Johnston Road, in close proximity to Bentworth High School, at Equitrans Midstream’s H-108 natural gas transmission line, located in Bentleyville Borough, Washington County, Pennsylvania. More: News video Source “Equitrans technicians were… Continue Reading “UPDATED: Bentworth School District Closed due to Equitrans Midstream Fire”

PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals

Passed in Hours with No Public Accountability or Environmental Safeguards By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog | October 27, 2022 On October 26, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out House Bill 1059 (Hickernell-R-Lancaster) after amending it to provide $106.6 million in annual… Continue Reading “PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals”

PA DEP: Shell, Pipeline Contractor Assessed $670,000 Penalty

Falcon Ethane Pipeline Construction Violations in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington Counties in Western Pennsylvania On October 13, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has executed a $670,000 consent assessment of civil penalty with Shell Pipeline Company LP and its contractor, Minnesota Limited LLC, for… Continue Reading “PA DEP: Shell, Pipeline Contractor Assessed $670,000 Penalty”

Half of World’s Bird Species in Decline

Destruction of avian life intensifies Phoebe Weston writes in the September 28, 2022 Guardian, “State of the World’s Birds report warns human actions and climate crisis putting 49% in decline, with one in eight bird species under threat of extinction.” Since 1970, 2.9 billion… Continue Reading “Half of World’s Bird Species in Decline”

PA House Committee Fails to Address $70 Million in Penalties on Gas Pipelines

Committee Also Failed to Address Real Concerns of People Living Near Gas Production & Distribution Facilities Photos: Natural Gas Infrastructure- Top- Shale Gas Drill Pad (FracTracker); Drill pad at end of drilling (Bobscaping Blog); Middle- Pipeline Compressor Station (Bobscaping Blog); Pipeline construction in Lancaster… Continue Reading “PA House Committee Fails to Address $70 Million in Penalties on Gas Pipelines”

Justification for More Robust Gas Leak Prevention Programs

Study: Industry Data Shows Hazardous Air Pollutants Are ‘Ubiquitous’ in the Natural Gas Transmission System By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 21, 2022 (Note: Photos and quotes have been added to the original blog) In the first peer-reviewed study… Continue Reading “Justification for More Robust Gas Leak Prevention Programs”

Pipelines & Powerlines: The Joe Manchin ‘Side Deal’

Permitting reforms would benefit the nearly completed Mountain Valley Pipeline to move fracked gas from Manchin’s home state of West Virginia to Eastern seaboard states. VOX explains previous deal making in a September 13, 2022 story: This summer, he [Manchin] struck a deal with Senate… Continue Reading “Pipelines & Powerlines: The Joe Manchin ‘Side Deal’”

Hydrogen Development and Carbon Management in Pennsylvania

Team Pennsylvania, Co-Chaired by Governor Wolf, Issues Road Map By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 23, 2022 On September 23, the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, co-chaired by Gov. Wolf, announced the publication of a new report, Successful Deployment of Carbon… Continue Reading “Hydrogen Development and Carbon Management in Pennsylvania”

Religious Freedom from a Pennsylvania Pipeline

“Catholic nuns fought pipeline on their Lancaster County land. Now, citing religious freedom, they seek damages in court.” According to a September 15, 2022 story by Susan Phillips on StateImpact Pennsylvania, The Adorers of the Blood of Christ say Transco’s Atlantic Sunrise natural gas… Continue Reading “Religious Freedom from a Pennsylvania Pipeline”

PA: Ongoing Water Pollution Discharges from Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Site

Pennsylvania DEP, Fish & Boat Commission Investigating Multiple, Continuing Water Pollution Discharges from PGE Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Site on Loyalsock Creek, Lycoming County By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 13, 2022 (Photos: Top– three DEP inspection report photos… Continue Reading “PA: Ongoing Water Pollution Discharges from Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Site”

Natural Gas, Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Are NOT Required to Carry Insurance

…or Show They Can Pay for Damages if They Explode, Leak or Kill Someone (Photos: Top– Revolution Pipeline explosion in Beaver County; Blast zone around Mariner East Pipeline in Chester County from risk assessment report; Bottom— Mariner East 2 Pipeline construction spill into Marsh… Continue Reading “Natural Gas, Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Are NOT Required to Carry Insurance”

New British PM Liz Truss lifts 2019 fracking ban

Fracking could resume in England within six months Photo: Hydraulic fracturing (aka ‘fracking’) American-style c. 2010 in Pennsylvania Calls to resume fracking have met with ongoing resistance from campaigners who say the risk of earthquakes (see below) and water contamination, as well as extensive… Continue Reading “New British PM Liz Truss lifts 2019 fracking ban”

Pennsylvania AG Shapiro: Energy Transfer/Sunoco Convicted Of Criminal Charges

Related to Construction Of Mariner East 2 and Revolution Natural Gas/Liquids Pipelines In PA GUEST POST by David E. Hess / PA Environment Digest Blog / August 5, 2022 On August 5, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Sunoco Pipeline L.P., and ETC Northeast Pipeline… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania AG Shapiro: Energy Transfer/Sunoco Convicted Of Criminal Charges”