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Reporter’s Notebook: Tracing the tracks of the oil trains

Driving south on Lakeshore Drive through the Lakeview section of Chicago, it’s easy to ignore the city’s role in industrial transport. Lake Michigan looks placid and blue. People are riding their bikes along the shore, or strolling, or picnicking. It’s a pleasant, sunny Sunday evening after a long hard winter. Chicagoans bustle through new parks [...]

New LNG plant planned for Northeast Pennsylvania

UGI Energy Services has announced plans to build a new $60 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Meshoppen, Wyoming County. It will help meet peak demand for gas during cold days, and service emerging markets for LNG, like truck fleets, drill rigs, and industrial sites. The plant will take locally produced natural gas– in its [...]

Pipeline expansion could bring more shale gas to Philly

Philadelphia may be getting more Marcellus Shale gas if all goes well with plans for an expansion of the Philadelphia Lateral, a section of the Texas Eastern pipeline system. Spectra Energy, the pipeline company that operates Texas Eastern, has plans to enlarge the capacity of the pipeline that connects the transmission line to Philadelphia. Devin [...]

Industry warns of negative impacts from Wolf’s gas tax

Governor Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas drilling will cost Pennsylvania thousands of jobs and billions of dollars, according to a report released Thursday by the American Petroleum Institute, the nation’s largest oil and gas trade group. API projects the governor’s tax will result in 1,364 fewer wells over the next decade, resulting in a [...]

FERC rejects environmentalists appeal on Cove Point LNG exports

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request by several environmental groups to halt construction on Dominion Energy’s Cove Point LNG export terminal in Lusby, MD and conduct a more thorough environmental review. Environmentalists have been fighting the conversion of the mothballed import terminal into an import/export facility, saying FERC should consider the environmental [...]

Crude-by-rail shipments to eastern refineries hit new high in Feb., EIA says

Rail shipments of crude oil accounted for more than half of the input to U.S. East Coast refineries in February, their highest level ever, displacing some imports, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As crude oil production rises in the Bakken Shale oil field of North Dakota and eastern Montana, railroads [...]

Marcellus production led U.S. gas fields in 2013, EIA says

The Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and West Virginia produced far more natural gas in 2013 than any other field in the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Friday. The EIA report said that Marcellus operators produced 2.86 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in 2013, sharply higher than the Barnett Shale of [...]

Obama Administration proposes billions to overhaul energy infrastructure

The Obama Administration wants to spend billions of dollars to upgrade the nation’s energy infrastructure. That means replacing pipelines, making the grid more resilient against terrorism or cyber attacks, preparing the systems for rising sea levels, improving data on crude-by-rail, reducing emissions from natural gas infrastructure, and modernizing the electrical grid. The White House chose [...]

PUC instructs Philadelphia Gas Works on how to accelerate pipeline-replacement program

Philadelphia Gas Works should consider how to raise money to pay for the faster replacement of almost 2,000 miles of ageing cast-iron and unprotected steel mains, which pose an increasing risk to public safety, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said on Tuesday. The PUC set out seven alternatives for paying for a pipe-replacement program, which [...]

Shale gas opponents shout down industry speaker at Philadelphia LNG session

Anti-fracking protestors late Thursday disrupted a public information session on the possibility of building a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Philadelphia, shouting down speakers from the industry and finally being ejected by security officers. About half a dozen protestors repeatedly interrupted an opening presentation at Drexel University by Jason French, Director of Government and [...]

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