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Proposed Pipeline Project to Get Federal Scrutiny

Federal regulators announced this week that a controversial pipeline expansion project will undergo an extensive environmental review. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate pipelines, will do an environmental impact statement on the $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Project. Oklahoma-based Williams has proposed an expansion to their Transco natural gas pipeline, which would run through [...]

Pa. DEP Fines Pipeline Company for Spills in Lycoming County

The Department of Environmental Protection fined PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering $150,000 for polluting High Quality and Exceptional Value streams in the fall of 2011. Following up to a complaint, DEP investigators found pipeline construction activity caused bentonite to spill into Larry’s Creek, which the company failed to report. Subsequent inspections found more violations of the [...]

Tax Breaks for Natural Gas Pipelines on the Chopping Block

E&E Daily reports today on how the oil and gas industry finances a large part of its infrastructure through a corporate tax-free structure called a “master limited partnership.” These MLP’s have grown in recent years to keep up with the shale boom. But E&E reports some congressional tax-reformers want to eliminate the “MLP’s.” Capital spending [...]

Lovers of Pa.’s Loyalsock Forest Fight to Limit Drilling There

Deep in the Loyalsock State Forest, where no cell phone signal reaches, the sounds of rushing waterfalls and forest birds are suddenly interrupted by the sound of a helicopter. Paul Zeph of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society says the noise could be related to gas drilling. Drillers will often drop seismic testing equipment into remote areas [...]

Commonwealth Pipeline Project Suspended

This just in from the Associated Press. The planned 120-mile natural gas pipeline that would ship Marcellus gas from Lycoming County to Chester County has been suspended indefinitely. More from the AP: The groups behind the project announced on their website that the project is being suspended. No reason is being given, but the group [...]

Pete Seeger to Strum for Fractivists in Milford

Iconic folk singer and activist Pete Seeger plans to play a benefit concert in northeast Pennsylvania this summer to support a new group created by Tennessee Gas Pipeline opponents. Activists have been staging sit-ins and protests to prevent the construction of an expanded natural gas pipeline through Pike County. Milford resident, and anti-pipeline activist, Jolie [...]

Marcellus Production Tops Haynesville

Pipeline expansions serving the Marcellus Shale gas boom have helped boost production rates above seven billion cubic feet a day, according to an analysis by IHS. The report says the Marcellus now leads the Haynesville Shale as the most productive shale play in the country. The Haynesville Shale formation stretches beneath northwestern Louisiana, eastern Texas and [...]

Proposed Pipeline Would Transport Marcellus Resources to Gulf Coast

A pair of energy companies has announced a joint venture to upgrade infrastructure to transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Appalachian regions to processing facilities in Texas and Louisiana. Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP, and the energy infrastructure firm Williams plan to upgrade existing pathways and build a new “Bluegrass Pipeline”, which could transport up to 400,000 [...]

Army Corps Still Reviewing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Access

Environmentalists opposed to the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Northeast Pennsylvania are pinning their hopes on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt the project. “The Army Corps of Engineers could make a big difference here,” said Faith Zerbe, a field biologist with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The Riverkeeper Network opposes the [...]

Pipeline Protests Shift From Courts to Direct Action

Two protestors in northeast Pennsylvania are trying to halt the clearing of trees to make way for an expanding natural gas pipeline in Pike County. Allison Petryk and Alex Lotorto handcuffed themselves to a gate in the Delaware State Forest on Monday and Tuesday, blocking access to tree felling crews. The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast [...]

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