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Pipeline opponents welcome court ruling on challenge to eminent domain

A Philadelphia judge ruled that a legal challenge to Sunoco Logistics’ use of eminent domain for construction of its Mariner East 2 pipeline can go ahead despite the company’s call for the court to dismiss the case. Judge Linda Carpenter of the city’s Court of Common Pleas, in a decision published on Wednesday, sided with [...]

Wolf proposes 6.5 percent tax on Marcellus Shale

Governor Wolf wants the state’s natural gas drillers to pay a 6.5 percent tax on Marcellus Shale production, which he estimates will bring in $217.8 million dollars for fiscal year 2016/2017 to the general fund. It’s a bold move for a governor who failed to get anywhere last year with the lower 5 percent extraction [...]

Philadelphia’s green jobs plan long on goals, short on details

Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke [C} stands with Mayor Jim Kenney [L] and several council members to announce a $1 billion plan to invest in energy efficiency projects. Clarke says the plan will create up to 10,000 jobs. Back in January, on Inauguration Day, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke vowed to announce a [...]

Ahead of Wolf’s budget plan, Republicans discuss Marcellus tax bills

A day before Governor Tom Wolf is expected to unveil another attempt at taxing Marcellus Shale drillers, House Republicans were discussing their own proposals. The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held an informational meeting Monday to look at two Republican-backed severance tax bills. Rep. John Maher (R- Allegheny) chairs the committee. He says he [...]

Shale gas boosts Delaware River port traffic

Ship traffic up and down the Delaware River is bouncing back after a slump that began in 2008 due to the Great Recession. In addition to the improved economy, a new export product has driven much of that growth — natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale. Dennis Rochford leads the Maritime Exchange, which acts [...]

Gas breathes new life into coal-fired power plant

At UGI’s Hunlock Creek Energy Center near Wilkes-Barre, an old coal-fired power plant has transitioned to natural gas. It’s part of a broader trend going on across the United States, as gas begins to close in on coal as the nation’s main source of electric power. Take a look inside the plant:

Rosebud Mining furloughs 429 workers

A Western Pennsylvania coal company is furloughing 429 workers and idling 20 mines due to poor market conditions exacerbated by an usually warm winter, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Kittaning-based Rosbud Mining says the employees will keep their benefits and the company hopes to bring them back to work next month. “We would expect, based on the guidance [...]

Marcellus output flat amid falling prices, slack demand, pipeline shortage

Natural gas production from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus and Utica shales showed little change in 2015 as energy companies deferred expansion plans amid falling prices, sluggish demand growth, and a continuing shortage of pipelines to take the state’s abundant gas to market. Data from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection show unconventional gas production from the two [...]

Attorney General sues Chesapeake Energy for ‘deceptive’ gas leases

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Chesapeake Energy, seeking millions of dollars for Pennsylvanians who leased land to the company for fracking. The Oklahoma City-based driller is one of the most active in Pennsylvania. It was an early adopter of fracking and touts itself as the nation’s second largest producer of [...]

Despite drilling slowdown, rents still high in fracking boomtowns

The nation’s fracking boom has brought new jobs and wealth to many rural communities. But the abrupt highs and lows of the oil and gas industry can sometimes feel like whiplash for small cities and towns. When it comes to housing, some people have been left out in the cold as drillers moved in and pushed up [...]

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