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New York’s heralded fracking ban isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a bold statement by banning hydraulic fracturing in the Empire State, declaring alongside his health commissioner that “no child should live near” a shale-gas well because of its potential harm. The governor’s proclamation made him a hero among environmentalists and persona non grata in the oil and gas industry. [...]

Buoyed by Trump, Some Miners Are Sticking with Coal

At a gymnasium in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Trenton Phillips is looking for a job as a coal miner. Phillips already works at a company that fixes belt lines at coal mines. He’s at a job fair in Greene County today. He passes booths for health care and trucking jobs. He stops only at a booth for [...]

Lawmaker: Natural gas lobby too influential in severance tax debate

A Democratic lawmaker from Delaware County says the current debate over the severance tax is unduly influenced by the natural gas industry, which has spent millions lobbying lawmakers. With more than 200 gas industry lobbyists registered in Harrisburg, State Rep. Greg Vitali says the industry has spent $3.7 million on lobbying the Capitol this year [...]

Atlantic Sunrise construction picks back up after two-day delay

(Harrisburg) — Construction on a controversial natural gas pipeline has resumed after a two-day court delay. On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a temporary hold on the Atlantic Sunrise project as it reviewed an emergency motion filed by environmental groups to halt construction. The court denied the motion on Wednesday. [...]

Activists cautiously celebrate delay of Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

(Harrisburg) — Anti-pipeline activists are hesitantly celebrating after a federal court ordered a temporary halt on construction for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The project is slated to run through 10 Pennsylvania counties, including Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland, and Schuylkill. Dozens of protesters have been arrested since construction started in September. Several groups filed a motion last [...]

Mariner East 2 pipeline completion delayed again

Sunoco Pipeline’s parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, said Wednesday that its Mariner East 2 pipeline will be put into service in the second quarter of 2018, some 18 months later than originally planned, because of delays caused by Pennsylvania regulators. Chief Financial Officer Tom Long said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call that the project [...]

Natural gas plant proposed for coal-rich Greene County

A New York company is planning to build a natural gas plant in Pennsylvania’s biggest coal county. Hilltop Energy Center LLC, a Huntington Bay, N.Y.-based company, is proposing to build a 600-megawatt natural gas power plant in Cumberland Township, Greene County.

Marcellus Shale boom cuts costs for Pennsylvania ratepayers

Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas boom has significantly cut energy costs for consumers across the state, according to a new study released Friday by the University of Pennsylvania. Residential gas customers have seen a price drop of 40 percent on average, compared to costs ten years ago. Before Marcellus production ramped up, Pennsylvania produced just one percent [...]

Costa Rica banks on low-carbon coffee

Ulises Ramírez began picking coffee when he was ten. It’s a family trade that dates back generations in the western valley of Costa Rica, where high altitudes and volcanic soils help produce some of the best coffee beans in the world. The 37-year-old now oversees farming at the Santa Anita Coffee Estate, a 250-acre coffee [...]

PJM says plan to subsidize coal, nukes, “not workable”

PJM Interconnection, the region’s electric power grid operator says the Trump administration’s proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear is “unworkable.” In comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday, PJM opposes the effort by Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to have utilities compensate coal and nuclear plants that store a 90-day supply [...]

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