PA DEP Releases Onerous New Air Regulations, Again

In December, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a draft of onerous new regulations that focus on reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and so-called fugitive methane (see Pa. DEP Jumps the Gun with Proposed New Emissions Regs). The new regs will force drillers and pipeline companies to spend big bucks to produce a teeny tiny improvement in emissions. The DEP is back with yet another revision of their onerous new regs, hoping this time they can ram them through and make them law.
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WV Governor Inexplicably Vetoes Bill to Plug Abandoned Wells

What happened? Just a few weeks ago MDN told you that the West Virginia legislature had passed a bill with bipartisan support (and support from both the drilling industry and surface owners) that would redirect monies from low-producing oil and gas wells to fund a program to plug old abandoned wells (see WV Legislative Session Closes w/Several Pro-Drilling Bills Passed). WV Gov. Jim Justice vetoed the bill last week.
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PA Anti Group Seeks to Block New NatGas Elec Plants with New Law

The radical group Citizens for a Healthy Jessup is floating a plan to try and prevent any new Marcellus gas-fired electric plants from getting built in the Keystone State. Aided and abetted by a corrupt local newspaper, the group tries to pass itself off as a collection of local concerned citizens. It’s nothing of the sort.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Apr 1, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA Senate bill would impose 2 year moratorium on hazardous liquids pipeline approvals; PA EQB to consider petition to create cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; EQT Foundation announces scholarships for Greene, Washington students; Cabot gives back to Susquehanna County first responders; NATIONAL: Amid the furor of the Green New Deal, don’t overlook the shale revolution; INTERNATIONAL: Natural gas prices crash as market suffers ‘winter hangover’.
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