Tag: Pennsylvania DEP

PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices / Opportunities To Comment

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog Digest The following DEP notices were published in the December 3 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups — Chesapeake Appalachia… Continue Reading “PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices / Opportunities To Comment”

Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard for Pennsylvania Nov 12-18, 2022

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog To give the public a better understanding of the compliance record of oil and gas industrial facilities in Pennsylvania, PA Environment Digest developed this feature summarizing the more serious violations DEP reports through its Compliance… Continue Reading “Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard for Pennsylvania Nov 12-18, 2022”

Massive Leak at Gas Storage Area in Western PA

The Rager Mountain Gas Storage Area leak in Cambria County is proving difficult to stop, while bringing worrisome comparisons to the Aliso Canyon and Powhatan Point incidents, where huge volumes of methane reached the atmosphere. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas that contributes… Continue Reading “Massive Leak at Gas Storage Area in Western PA”

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”

Old Well / New Well Communication Possible in South Strabane Twp PA?

Story by Karen Mansfield of the Observer-Reporter on November 8, 2022 reports: Two South Strabane Township homes test positive for methane November 8, 2022 – South Strabane Township Department of Fire and Emergency Management and the Washington County Department of Public Safety on Sunday… Continue Reading “Old Well / New Well Communication Possible in South Strabane Twp PA?”

SPECIAL PROTECTION WATERSHEDS: Victims of Repeated Abuse and Lingering Pollution in PA

David Hess published a story October 29th about microplastics being found in ALL of Pennsylvania’s BEST trout streams tested. This disturbing news revived my memories of repeated fracking spills into our county’s Special Protection watersheds, over one 4 year period. Here are both our… Continue Reading “SPECIAL PROTECTION WATERSHEDS: Victims of Repeated Abuse and Lingering Pollution in PA”

PA DEP Posted 52 Pages of Permit-Related Public Notices in Oct. 22 PA Bulletin

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the October 22 PA Bulletin—  — DEP/SRBC Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities  [PaEN]   — DEP Posts Formal Notice Of Availability Of Abandoned Mine Land,… Continue Reading “PA DEP Posted 52 Pages of Permit-Related Public Notices in Oct. 22 PA Bulletin”

PA DEP Public Notices – Oil and Gas Industrial Facilities

The following DEP notices were published in the October 8 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industrial facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | October 7, 2022 Note: Land… Continue Reading “PA DEP Public Notices – Oil and Gas Industrial Facilities”

Proposed Landfill Leachate Evaporator: 45,000 gallons per day

Pa. DEP held 2 public hearings last week about a plan by a Westmoreland County landfill to build a gas-fired leachate evaporator (data sheet PDF). Environmentalists and nearby residents testified about their concerns, pointing out that the landfill accepts solid fracking waste that can… Continue Reading “Proposed Landfill Leachate Evaporator: 45,000 gallons per day”

DEP Violations Count in Pennsylvania

STORY: Judge rules environmental violations can inform how townships evaluate land use permits August 26, 2022 story by Anya Litvak in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points to how an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge’s ruling, favoring the township supervisors and Concerned Residents Of… Continue Reading “DEP Violations Count in Pennsylvania”

Frac Out in Greene County PA

Western Pennsylvania is like ‘Swiss Cheese’ when you consider all the coal mines and oil/gas wells drilled over past centuries. Unfortunately, thousands of wells were never properly plugged, providing open conduits to the surface when newer Marcellus Shale wells are hydraulically fractured (fracked) under… Continue Reading “Frac Out in Greene County PA”

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Judge Michael H. Wojcik of Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has blocked the full implementation of ‘Reggie’ (RGGI or Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative). It’s another step backwards for Pennsylvania and efforts to address climate change in a timely manner. Reporter Laura Legere added these additional details:… Continue Reading “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”

AIR POLLUTION: Welling Compressor Station in Washington County, PA

Today’s Pennsylvania Bulletin includes an “Intent to Issue an Operating Permit under the Air Pollution Control Act” for the Welling Compressor Station at 165 Carlisle Road, Claysville, PA 15323. The Welling is one of the largest compressor stations in our county, one of over… Continue Reading “AIR POLLUTION: Welling Compressor Station in Washington County, PA”

Fracking Public Health and Policy in Pennsylvania

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Senators Katie Muth and Jim Brewster hosted a public hearing in Monroeville, PA: “Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Boom: How Policy Decisions Failed to Protect Public Health and What We Can Do to Correct It.” Watch the 2 hour and 44 minute hearing video… Continue Reading “Fracking Public Health and Policy in Pennsylvania”