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NJ landowners sue to stop PennEast pipeline surveyors

Seven New Jersey landowners, along with two environmental groups, filed suit against the PennEast pipeline company on Tuesday for trespass. HALT PennEast, which stands for “homeowners against land taking,” along with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the seven residents filed suit in New Jersey Superior Court. The action marks a new tactic in the [...]

Federal appeals court hears arguments over LNG exports

The battle over Dominion Energy’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal in Lusby, MD, is now in the hands of a federal appeals court, even as construction on the facility continues. The D.C. circuit court of appeals heard oral arguments from attorneys representing environmentalists, industry and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday [...]

States should put fracking money in trust funds, says new report

States at the center of the recent oil and gas boom should prepare for the inevitable bust and put drilling revenues into permanent trust funds, says a new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. The researchers singled out Pennsylvania and argue it should enact a severance tax on gas production. Drillers currently pay [...]

Philly’s energy hub: A renaissance for the Delaware Valley or a pipe dream?

The Delaware River had at one time supported a thriving manufacturing hub. Now a group of Philadelphia area business leaders want to bring that back through the use of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas. But turning Philadelphia into an East Coast “energy hub” may not be so easy. On the surface it looks simple. Pennsylvania has [...]

Philadelphia’s shale boosters want more pipelines

The Philadelphia Energy Action Team, a group of business interests organized as part of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, says the key to turning the city into an energy hub is getting more pipes in the ground. The group released their report on revitalizing the city’s economy using shale gas Wednesday morning. A goal [...]

Drilling slowdown to leave regulators with $2.9 million deficit

Pennsylvania is facing a $2.9 million deficit in the fund that supports its oversight of oil and gas wells in the next fiscal year, according to a projection from Governor Tom Wolf’s budget office. The overall slowdown in drilling means less money is available in fines and fees for the Well Plugging Fund, which supports things [...]

Gas expected to surpass coal in electric power generation this year

Natural gas is expected to surpass coal this year as the nation’s primary source of electric power generation, according to a new forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Until the mid-2000’s about half the electricity in the country was produced by burning coal and 20 percent or less came from gas. But the fracking boom [...]

Gas royalties bill back in the spotlight

Royalty advocates were back in Harrisburg Tuesday urging lawmakers to pass legislation to prevent drillers from cheating landowners out of money. “The legislature should clearly define ‘royalty’ to prevent the theft of our resources through creative accounting,” says Jackie Root, who heads the state chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners. Shortly after the [...]

Environmentalists target port proposals to fight Philadelphia “energy hub”

Emma Lee/WHYY Protesters rally outside the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Columbus Boulevard, where the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority held a public outreach event to get community input on proposals for the Southport Marine Terminal. Environmental groups fighting efforts to make Philadelphia an “energy hub” for Marcellus Shale gas have found their first target: a [...]

Chester County landfill gas used as alternative to fracking

The search for an alternative to fracking has led a Philadelphia-based renewable energy supplier to create a system that encourages the use of methane from landfills instead on shale gas. The Energy Co-op, which supplies a range of renewable energy products to customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, is now offering cash payments the company calls “Renewable [...]

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