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Dynamite disappears from Atlantic Sunrise worksite; ATF is trying to find it

Construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Lancaster County.

Update, 10:24 a.m. April 19: Authorities now say that 704 pounds of explosives were stolen. The Lebanon Daily News reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said an inventory confirmed that 16 cases of dynamite were taken. Each case holds 40 sticks of dynamite that weigh 1.1 pounds each.  The ATF increased its [...]

Five takeaways from StateImpact’s forum on gas royalties

StateImpact Pennsylvania hosted an educational forum Monday in Towanda, Bradford County to examine how Pennsylvania and other major energy-producing states are dealing with disputes of oil and gas royalties. Many Pennsylvania mineral owners have complained they are not being paid fairly. The controversy has led to class action lawsuits and ongoing litigation by the state [...]

FirstEnergy Solutions files for bankruptcy

FirstEnergy

The power generation subsidiary of Ohio-based FirstEnergy, which owns two Beaver County power plants and several others in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company said over the weekend. During the bankruptcy, FirstEnergy Solutions says its plants will run normally. Last week, the company said it was closing three nuclear plants [...]

FirstEnergy says it’s closing three nuclear plants; seeks federal help

Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa. Photo: Reid R. Frazier

Citing “market challenges,” electric utility FirstEnergy says it will close three nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, while at the same time asking the Department of Energy for immediate help to keep its fleet of coal and nuclear plants open. The company, which could be near bankruptcy according to a report at cleveland.com, gave regional grid [...]

Report: Severance tax proposal could cost mineral owners millions

FILE PHOTO: This 2011 file photo shows a farmhouse in the background framed by pipes connecting pumps where the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas was underway at a site in Claysville, Pa.

A new analysis published Thursday by Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office estimates mineral owners could wind up losing tens of millions of dollars in natural gas royalties if Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax becomes law. The administration says the report has it wrong because it doesn’t take into account a key detail in Wolf’s proposal. [...]

Groups oppose another coal mining permit in Greene County state park

A trail in Ryerson Station State Park, managed by the DCNR whose leasing of state lands for oil and gas development is at issue in a new court challenge by an environmental group.

Environmental groups have once again appealed a state permit allowing Consol to mine beneath a stream inside a state park in Greene County, saying that the plan could cause “significant damage” to the waterway. They are asking a state judge to issue a temporary halt to the mining plan while the case is heard. The [...]

State says PES owes $3.8 billion in back taxes, urges court hold up bankruptcy plan

Philadelphia Energy Solutions is the largest oil refining complex on the Eastern seaboard. Half of all Bakken Crude traveling across the country by rail ends up at the PES plant.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is urging a federal bankruptcy court to withhold approval of a bankruptcy petition by Philadelphia Energy Solutions, saying the company owes the state $3.8 billion in back taxes. Shapiro, in a document filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Friday, said the taxes are owed for “liquid fuel and [...]

Listen: Disputes over gas royalties fester throughout oil and gas states

A shale gas drilling rig in Washington, Pa.

When a company wants to drill for natural gas, it will typically approach the person who owns the underground minerals in that location and negotiate a lease. That lease grants the mineral owner a certain percentage of the revenue generated from the gas well, known as the royalty. But as StateImpact Pennsylvania has reported, disputes [...]

Listen: Why another PA coal mine is closing

Austin Turner, 19, of Gladesville, W. Va. is one of 370 miners getting laid off at the 4 West Mine in Mt. Morris, Pa.

Another coal mine in Pennsylvania is closing, despite the efforts of pro-coal President Donald Trump. Though Trump has slashed environmental regulations, market forces are hurting coal’s chance for a revival. The closure of the 4 West Mine in Greene County will cost 370 miners jobs, as StateImpact Pennsylvania recently reported. Hear about the impact the [...]

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