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Protest Planned at Pipeline Talk

Public meetings over the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline have drawn the ire of opponents in Lancaster County. This time, an activist group is planning to protest a meeting between the pipeline company and the local chamber of commerce. The group, Lancaster Against Pipelines, says it’s organizing the protest to call attention to the environmental and [...]

New task force seeks to manage ‘massive’ buildout of pipelines

Pennsylvania will see as many as 30,000 miles of new pipeline built over the next 20 years to take the huge natural gas resources of the Marcellus and Utica Shales to market, the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, John Quigley, said on Wednesday. Quigley’s forecast came after the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, a wide-ranging group [...]

Gov. Wolf says he’s willing to compromise on severance tax

Speaking in Western Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf said Monday he would be “willing to have conversations” about compromises on the 5 percent severance tax on natural gas he’s proposed to balance the state budget. “I want a better Pennsylvania. If I’m convinced we can have a better Pennsylvania with something better than what I’ve proposed, [...]

GOP preps a no-tax budget, daring Wolf to veto

The centerpiece of Governor Tom Wolf’s state budget died its umpteenth death around a negotiating table this week. Republican legislative leaders emerged from closed-door negotiations with the Democratic Wolf administration to announce that the governor’s proposed severance tax on natural gas drillers is a non-negotiable no-go. “Our counter-proposal was nothing,” said Senate President Pro Tem [...]

DEP issues permits to Shell for possible ethane cracker

Shell Chemical moved a step closer to the possible construction of a major petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania on Friday when it received four permits for air quality and water management from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Four years after announcing it was considering building the multi-billion-dollar plant in Beaver County about 25 miles [...]

New pipeline could mean tax bonanza for NJ towns, but for Pa.? Not so much

As Republican legislative leaders and the natural gas industry unite to beat back Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax proposal, here’s something lawmakers in Harrisburg are not talking about: Companies building new pipelines to grow markets for Pennsylvania’s natural gas don’t have to pay local property taxes on those lines to counties, towns and school districts. So [...]

Wolf’s gas tax would be among highest in nation, says Independent Fiscal Office

Governor Wolf made taxing the natural gas industry the centerpiece of his campaign, and if he gets his way, he could move Pennsylvania from having one of the lowest effective gas tax rates in the country to one of the highest. That was the analysis presented Monday at a joint senate committee hearing in Harrisburg [...]

In a power shift, natural gas closes in on ‘king coal’

In Pennsylvania when you flip on a light switch, odds are you’re burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unlock huge quantities of natural gas, the electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this lower-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel. The shift is being driven by both market forces and new regulations.

Reporter’s Notebook: Tracing the tracks of the oil trains

Driving south on Lakeshore Drive through the Lakeview section of Chicago, it’s easy to ignore the city’s role in industrial transport. Lake Michigan looks placid and blue. People are riding their bikes along the shore, or strolling, or picnicking. It’s a pleasant, sunny Sunday evening after a long hard winter. Chicagoans bustle through new parks [...]

New LNG plant planned for Northeast Pennsylvania

UGI Energy Services has announced plans to build a new $60 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Meshoppen, Wyoming County. It will help meet peak demand for gas during cold days, and service emerging markets for LNG, like truck fleets, drill rigs, and industrial sites. The plant will take locally produced natural gas– in its [...]

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