Wednesday June 6, 2018

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Tuesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 48






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 Causer’s bill to separate  conventional oil and gas regulations from deep well drilling has been passed in the house….Smethport man arrested for illegally having 12 guns….Both people involved in domestic violence fight cited for harassment…Brockport woman hurt in Elk County crash…..Ridgway teen accused of stealing inexpensive item from St. Marys Walmart….

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Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)is applauding House passage of his legislation to ensure reasonable, responsible oversight of the conventional oil and gas industry that will both protect the environment and ensure the 160-year-old industry can grow and thrive in the Commonwealth.

“The conventional oil and gas industry has long been a cornerstone of the economy in my district and areas across the northern tier, providing thousands of good, family-sustaining jobs,” Causer said. “This bill will help preserve those jobs by removing the threat of unreasonable and unnecessary regulations from the backs of our conventional producers in favor of rules that are relevant and appropriate to these shallow well operations.”

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House Bill 2154 would enact an updated Oil and Gas Act similar to one that governed the conventional oil and gas industry prior to the passage of Act 13 of 2012 and remains in effect today. The bill includes several regulatory updates and would serve as the framework for future changes to rules impacting the conventional industry. It would not change any of the regulations currently in place for unconventional drilling.

The bill is the latest step in a years-long fight to stop the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from applying regulations intended to address unconventional, deep-well drilling in the Marcellus Shale to the very different process of conventional, shallow well drilling.

“The lack of understanding by many bureaucrats about the vast differences between the types of drilling has really put our conventional operators at risk,” Causer said. “It is extremely frustrating, especially given the good stewardship long practiced by conventional producers. They live in the communities where their wells are located, breathing the same air and drinking the same water as everyone else. They clearly have a vested interest in doing things right.”

The legislation was developed in large part by members of the Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council, which was created by Act 52 of 2016 to advise and assist DEP with regulatory changes impacting the conventional industry.

The council is also directed to develop a plan to increase production of Pennsylvania grade crude oil to more adequately supply refineries, such as American Refining Group, and look at ways to promote the long-term viability of the conventional oil and gas industry. Causer is one of 17 members of the council, which also includes representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

In addition to regulation of conventional wells, House Bill 2154 also would boost the plugging of orphan wells and grant DEP the authority to issue permits to allow municipalities to use brine for dust control, road stabilization, anti-icing and de-icing.T

The bill passed by a vote of 111-84 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

A Smethport man has been arrested for illegal possession of firearms. State police at Kane received a tip that guns were hidden in the home of Robert Krehl located at 13244 Route 6 in Hamlin Township. When they went to the home on May 22, they allegedly found 12 guns in his possession and seized the weapons.

Both people involved in a domestic violence argument have been charged with harassment. According to Emporium based state police the charges came after a man and woman, both 27, subjected each other to unwanted physical contact during an argument in the front yard of their home on Songer  Lane in Portage Township Monday evening.

A Brockport woman was taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands Dubois  for treatment of minor injuries after her SUV crashed on the Keystone Road in Horton Township Monday afternoon. State police at Ridgway did not provide details but said Leasa Smith’s GMC Acadia went off of the Keystone Road just south of Howard Road.

Retail theft charges have been filed against a 17 year old St. Marys resident. State police at Ridgway allege the teen stole an item valued at $1.98 from the St. Marys Walmart Monday afternoon.


Maple E. Ingraham, 97, of Coudersport, passed away, Monday, June 4, 2018, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

She was born on June 8, 1920 in Westfield, the daughter of the late Ivan and Albertine (King) Rushmore.  Maple married Bill Ingraham who preceded her in death in 1965.Maple was a graduate of Westfield School.  She retired from Smith of Galeton Gloves in 1982 after 18 years of service.  She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting and her beloved family farm.Maple is survived by four daughters, Barrie Magglioco of Callaway, VA; Patricia and Frits Rushmore Den Hertog of Callaway, VA; Carol McPherson of Westfield; Dawnette and Randy Deiter of Coudersport; two sons, Terry McCloskey of Westfield; Robert Wood of North Richland Hills, TX; 8 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.In addition to her parents and husband, Maple was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Samantha Deiter and two sisters, Jean Hilboldt and Norma Crane

In keeping with Maple’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services.

Memorial donations in Maple’s name may be made to the Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton, PA 16922.

William Owen Duffy, 89, of Erie, formerly of Smethport, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Walnut Creek Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Erie, PA.Bill, “The Bird” Duffy was born on May 22, 1929 in Smethport, PA the oldest son of five children of Francis and Margaret Duffy. On December 17, 1963 in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church he married Judith Diane Pringle and they remained married for over 50 years.Bill was a graduate of Smethport High School and shortly after graduation enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950 serving overseas during the Korean War. He re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1958 and received several commendations during his eight years of service including the Korean Service Medal, the U.N. Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge from the Air Force, Bill returned to Smethport and with his wife Judy’s support began a logging business which they ran for over 40 years while raising ten children. Throughout his years in the logging industry, Bill was able to work alongside his brother Jim Duffy on countless projects and log jobs becoming very close throughout those years and the best of brothers through the good times and bad.As a youth, Bill was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper and developed a lifelong passion for rifles and shooting. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and later in life joined the Caste Bullet Association winning several shooting competitions. Bill was also a member of the American Legion Post #138 and the VFW post #2497, Smethport. As well, he was member of the Italian American Progressive Club, Bradford and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Dubois, PA. He was an avid Boston Celtics fan and enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills with Judy and Gunsmoke with his nephew Jim “Chumley” Duffy and his family. His favorite football player was Joe Montana because Bill appreciated Montana as the only man who was injured at work more than him and who also survived to go to work another day.Bill is survived by 10 children including five sons: Matthew of Girard, PA, Daniel of Colorado Springs, CO, Mark of Clemson, SC, William of Bradford, PA and Charles of San Antonio, TX; five daughters, Kathleen Luce of Olean, NY, Patricia Kabir of Campobello, SC, Nora Buterbaugh of Erie, PA, Bridget Grohe of Milton, PA and Frances Duffy of Syracuse, NY; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Dibble and Patrica Rogge both of Smethport; 19 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Judith and one son, Owen William Duffy, one brother, James Duffy of Smethport and one sister, Judy Fink of Tucson, AZ.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 8th at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport with a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Smethport, PA.

Memorials if desired, may be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library, 123 Mechanic St., Smethport, PA 16749.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

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