Governor backs petrochemical tax break bill in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he supports legislation that extends millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and other chemicals as it speeds through the Legislature after emerging from closed-door negotiations with top Republican lawmakers.

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Damning report on Pa.’s failure to protect residents from fracking unlikely to result in major reform

State agencies implicated in the report dismissed it outright, calling the recommendations outdated and ill-informed.

PennFuture lawsuit says EPA must update federal regulations for coke ovens

A coalition of environmental groups has prevailed in a federal lawsuit asserting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to regulate pollution from coke ovens around the country, including the Clairton Coke Works.

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Reports: Work at Shell cracker plant will stop because of increase in coronavirus cases

There have been nine confirmed COVID-19 cases at Shell Chemical’s new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, according to a company spokesperson.

State awards $49K for environmental education in Allegheny County

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Friday announced the award of more than $49,000 in environmental education grants for six programs in Allegheny County.


‘I’m just so angry’: Residents welcome grand jury report slamming Pa. oversight of fracking industry

Breathing problems, unexplained illness, constant noise, light and smell of chemicals—all problems caused to residents by the oil and gas industry, a statewide grand jury found. None of it sounded new to those who have been living near well pads and pipelines for years.


Fracking pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Chesapeake Energy, a shale drilling pioneer that helped to turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection.


Largest solar installation in Pittsburgh will soon be complete, powering Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green

The $5 million project is the largest solar installation in Pittsburgh and, unlike typical spot installations on flat roofs, the largest on a sloped surface in the U.S.

University of Pittsburgh board to form ad-hoc committee to study fossil fuel divestment

Pitt's board of trustees will form an ad-hoc committee to study whether the University should divest its $4.3 billion endowment of fossil fuel investments.


Pa. grand jury report on fracking: DEP failed to protect public health

A Pennsylvania grand jury two years in the making report slammed the Department of Environmental Protection for failing to protect the public from the health effects of fracking.


Health department investigates Mon Valley pollution

On a day when the North Braddock air monitor measured elevated sulfur dioxide levels in the Monongahela Valley, the Allegheny County Health Department also announced that it was investigating a June 17 emissions plume from the U.S. Steel Corp.'s Edgar Thomson Works.


LNG shipments by rail approved in US amid pipeline battles

The Trump administration has taken the final step to allow rail shipments of liquefied natural gas, a new front in the movement of energy products that had been opposed by environmental groups and 15 states.


Contura to put Cumberland Mine in Greene County up for sale

Responding to a series of hits to coal demand over the past year, Contura Energy Inc. said on Monday the Cumberland Mine in Greene County is no longer economical in the long-term, and it will try to sell it off in the next year.


Ohio EPA extends air quality permit for proposed chemical plant

A Thailand-based petrochemical company has received an extension from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for for its air permit for a proposed ethane-ethylene cracker plant along the Ohio River in Belmont County.


More than 30 Pittsburgh environmental groups stand behind this statement on justice, race and responsibility

During the COVID-19 crisis, the people of southwestern Pennsylvania have learned much about who we are, who we want to be, and the need for unity and leadership in the face of loss and uncertainty.

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