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British MP studies fracking on trip to PA

On a sunny fall morning, Kevin Hollinrake stands with a group of concerned parents across a road from a gas processing plant in Butler County. Trucks come and go as workers hustle to expand the Bluestone processing plant, which will separate different types of natural gas from locally drilled wells for market. Hollinrake has come [...]

Wolf tweaks gas tax plan; GOP, industry unimpressed

Seeking an end to the state’s three month-old budget stalemate, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf sent the GOP-controlled legislature a revised tax plan that lowers his ‘ask’ on a severance tax for the natural gas industry. But his political rivals say it’ll cost the industry just as much as his old plan, if not more. The [...]

Winter heating costs will drop because of lower prices, warmer weather, EIA says

U.S. homeowners can expect to pay less to heat their homes this winter because of lower prices for natural gas, heating oil, propane and electricity, and because of expected lower consumption as a result of a milder winter, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday. In its annual Winter Fuels Outlook, covering October to [...]

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership could impact LNG exports

The U.S. has negotiated a trade deal with 11 countries that has environmentalists worried about more liquefied natural gas exports. The Trans-Pacific Partnership looks to remove trade barriers with Asia. And Asia, specifically Japan, is eager for more natural gas from the United States. If the agreement gets through Congress, it would remove the role [...]

Nuclear industry execs bemoan nukes role in Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan was a “missed opportunity” to ramp up the nation’s largest source of zero-carbon power, a group of nuclear industry leaders said Wednesday. Nuclear power represents about 20 percent of the country’s electricity generation, but plants face tough times making money these days. Exelon, the country’s largest nuclear power plant operator, admitted recently [...]

PennEast files FERC application, pipeline opponents vow to block it

Backers of a controversial pipeline project that would ship Marcellus Shale gas from northeast Pennsylvania to New Jersey filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday, while opponents vowed to block the proposal. The FERC application marks the first major step toward seeking approval of the proposed 114 mile-long PennEast pipeline that would transport shale [...]

Halliburton agrees to pay $18M in back pay for overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday it had come to an agreement with the oilfield giant and fracking pioneer Halliburton to pay $18 million for unpaid overtime to more than 1,000 workers in several states around the country, including Pennsylvania. The Department, in a release, called it “one of the largest recoveries of overtime [...]

DEP hears differing views on EPA climate plan

State regulators heard comments on how quickly it should address the EPA’s plan to curb carbon emissions Monday night in Pittsburgh. Around 100 people came to a DEP listening session where more than three dozen speakers discussed the economic benefits of energy efficiency, the health effects of air pollution, and whether cutting carbon will hurt [...]

Gas executives renew call for investment in pipelines to create energy hub

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic In this Thursday, April 17, 2014 photo, workers continue the construction at a gas pipeline site in Harmony, Pa. Natural gas industry executives on Wednesday renewed calls for investment in new pipelines to carry abundant gas and liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shales to southeastern Pennsylvania where they would be processed, [...]

Federal air rules force coal plants to clean up or shut down

John and Maureen Vilcek have lived exactly one mile from the coal-fired Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, Pa. since the 1970s. They raised their children here, and hardly notice the constant rumble emanating from the plant up the road. “I’d much rather it be coal-fired than nuclear,” Maureen Vilcek said. “In the beginning, [...]

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