February 9, 2015 |
Environmental advocates are applying pressure on the Wolf administration to broaden restrictions on natural gas drilling on Pennsylvania state lands. Gov. Wolf's Jan. 29 moratorium on new gas leasing, signed on his 10th day in office and hailed by environmentalists, had symbolic importance, but it went only so far. The ban undid a limited Corbett administration policy that allowed new leasing of lands where no surface disturbance was involved. Corbett's executive order, which was never carried out, affected a relatively small universe of public lands that could be accessed from neighboring tracts where drilling is already permitted.
September 1, 2014 |
The Marcellus Shale natural gas discovery has triggered an associated boom in Pennsylvania land disputes, as formerly valueless mineral rights are now potentially worth millions. The heirs of a Centre County landowner asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this month to resolve a case that stripped them of their 19th-century mineral rights, now claimed by a hunting club that bought the land in 1959. The convoluted legal question affects the natural resources beneath huge expanses of timberland in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, which now accounts for nearly a quarter of the nation's natural gas production.
May 25, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett on Friday signed an executive order lifting a 2010 moratorium on leasing additional state forests for Marcellus Shale natural-gas development, but it prohibits new leasing that would cause additional surface disturbances. The order puts into effect a promise the governor made in February to generate $75 million for state coffers by leasing Department of Conservation and Natural Resources lands adjacent to public and private land already under existing leases that can be developed using horizontal drilling.
April 17, 2014 |
About 1,486 acres of Pennsylvania state forest land has been converted to roads, pipelines, and well pads for Marcellus Shale natural gas development, according to a state monitoring report that will be released Wednesday. Drilling companies have upgraded or constructed 161 miles of roads in state forests, including 30 miles of new roads. They also have cut 104 miles of pipeline corridors in the forests. The 265-page monitoring report, prepared by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
April 24, 2013 |
Pennsylvania conservation officials, who are in the hot seat over a proposal to open Loyalsock State Forest for Marcellus Shale gas development, have agreed to hold public informational sessions on drilling plans for the popular recreational area. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will participate in a free, web-based seminar Thursday on gas-development options for the state forest, which is in Lycoming, Bradford, and Sullivan Counties near Williamsport. The department also says it is planning a public meeting on the forest at an unspecified date.
April 5, 2013 |
Pennsylvania conservation officials have invited about 30 state and local leaders to rural Sullivan County on Thursday to explain the complex negotiations under way over Marcellus Shale drilling in Loyalsock State Forest. But most of the environmental activists who are pressuring the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to restrict drilling in the forest were not invited to the private meeting. The organizations, including Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, have asked DCNR to block Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
April 4, 2013 |
Pennsylvania conservation officials have invited about 30 state and local leaders to rural Sullivan County on Thursday to explain the complex negotiations underway over Marcellus Shale drilling in Loyalsock State Forest. But most of the environmental activists who are pressuring the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to restrict drilling in the forest were not invited to the private meeting. The organizations, including Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, have asked DCNR to block Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
October 10, 2012 |
Environmental activists are pressuring the state to restrict Marcellus Shale drilling on 18,780 acres in a popular recreational area of northern Pennsylvania, where they say the state has a rare opportunity to control natural-gas extraction because of a 1933 deed restriction. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is being pressed to put the brakes on gas development in the Loyalsock State Forest, where an exploration company has begun staking out drilling locations near the Old Loggers Path, a 27-mile loop trail that DCNR says "offers stunning vistas and clear, cold, cascading streams.
September 3, 2011 |
Bob and Marlene Cook's home in Belle Vernon, southeast of Pittsburgh, was built in the 1770s by Bob's great-great-great grandfather, Col. Edward Cook. In Cook family lore, a broad, flat stone placed by the porch was where George Washington once stood to address his troops. Another stone once marked the grave of Edward Cook, who finished building the stone house at the heart of the Fayette County farm in 1776. Bob Cook, 75, lives on the 350-acre property now. He owns the stone house, but the bulk of the land is divided among 12 Cook heirs, who live as far away as Florida, Washington, Maine, and California.
April 30, 2011
Those who benefit should pay for sand Anthony R. Wood's article on Monday ("Should nation's taxpayers be paying for beach-fill efforts?") poses an interesting question, the answer to which is no. We have been pumping sand every year at a cost of millions of dollars in order to preserve beachfront properties whose owners knew the sand would erode when they bought them. These homeowners should be responsible for their own property. Boardwalk shop owners and the local municipality can also contribute to the upkeep.