Gas at a glance
December 28, 2011 —
Natural gas pipeline safety bill signed into law
PA Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law House Bill 344 (Baker-R-Tioga) establishing regulatory oversight of natural gas pipelines to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), as reported in PA Environment Digest.
The new law authorizes the PUC to conduct safety inspections and investigations of natural gas pipelines within the Commonwealth in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration. Rep. Matt Baker noted that the new law will also give the PUC the power to regulate natural gas pipelines without having to deem them a public utility.
Therefore, the power of eminent domain is not extended. The law also provides for the hiring of additional safety inspectors.
Baker said money to hire the anticipated 12 or more inspectors will come from both federal funding and the gas industry through assessments outlined in the legislation.
Forum to focus on Marcellus Shale drilling impacts on forests
“Oil and Gas Development Impacts on Forested Ecosystems: Research and Management Challenges” will be studied April 9-10 as part of the Pennsylvania State University Goddard Forum, University Park. The conference targets scientists, managers, conservation organizations and industry representatives who are working with oil and gas development to share research results and management strategies.
Presentations by both managers and scientists are encouraged. Topics should include the full range of forest issues, including landscape modification, forest water, air, habitat, roads, timber supply, recreation impacts, invasive species, noise, landscape restoration, management and monitoring strategies, and other topics focused on forests. Attendees wishing to offer papers must submit proposals by January 27.
Include title, names and affiliations of all authors, and contact information for the primary author with an abstract of no more than 350 words. Submit abstract by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYC Bar Association comments on local law issues in DEC’s dSGEIS