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PA Gubernatorial Candidates’ Stances on Shale Gas Drilling and Regulations

In one week, Pennsylvania voters will take to the polls to choose their next governor. As the Republican incumbent, Governor Tom Corbett faces a major opponent in Democratic candidate Tom Wolf to secure his seat. Among the many issues debated throughout each candidate’s campaign, shale gas drilling remains an important topic for Commonwealth citizens. Read more

EPA Announces Initial Steps Toward Regulating Disclosure of Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

On May 9, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) soliciting comment from stakeholders and the general public regarding obtaining information on chemical substances and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration and development.  Read more

Report on Chevron Well Explosion in Greene County, Pa.

On February 11, 2014, three gas wells exploded at Chevron’s gas well site in Dunkard Township, Green County, Pa. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), as of March 6, all three of the gas wells involved—6H, 7H and 8H—are now secure.  Read more

Pennsylvania Counties Benefit From Act 13 Impact Fees

During the November 21, 2013, bi-monthly Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) meeting, the dispersal of approximately $44 million from Act 13 impact fees gathered from Marcellus Shale well operators was approved for 183 projects across the Commonwealth. Read more

Report on the XTO Energy, Inc., Wastewater Contamination Settlement in Lycoming County, Pa.

Exxon Mobil’s energy corporation division, XTO Energy, Inc., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reached a civil action settlement after approximately 57,000 gallons of wastewater were illegally discharged at the division’s shale gas drill site in Lycoming County, Pa. According to the EPA, XTO violated Section 301 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. § 1311.  Read more

Report on the DOE’s Approval of Dominion Cove Point’s Exportation of LNG

In the past decade, an increasing number of energy companies have hoped to expand their resource production to include shale gas. More than a dozen different companies have requested federal approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to produce and export the fossil fuel to foreign countries.  Read more

RKR Hess Welcomes Timothy Kramer to their Transportation Services Department

RKR Hess is excited to welcome the newest addition to our transportation services team, Project Engineer, Timothy Kramer, P.E. Joining us from Alfred Benesch & Company (Allentown, Pa.) where he served as Project Engineer, Kramer prepared and managed tasks associated with Design-Build, Design-Bid-Build, and highway design and bridge replacement projects.  Read more

A Report on the NE Pa. Marcellus Shale and DRBC Regulations

As reported by The Associated Press, energy companies Hess Corp. and Newfield Exploration Co. recently terminated their property leases in northeastern Pennsylvania, where drilling of the Marcellus Shale has been put on hold due to the ongoing creation and negotiation of environmental protection regulations by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). A master lease for drilling in the region was signed in 2008 between Newfield and Hess, and the Wayne Property Owners Alliance.  Read more

LVASCE Honors RKR’s Engineering Services Excellence

This spring, the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (LVASCE) awarded RKR Hess with the 2012 Outstanding Civil Engineering Award for its work on the East Stroudsburg Dam Rehabilitation Project. Read more

EPA Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Study Progress Report

The results of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources are expected to be released in late 2014 and are widely anticipated Read more