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PGW proposes rate hike to fix leaky pipes

Philadelphia Gas Works says it can cut in half the time it takes to replace its leaky pipes if it raises the customer infrastructure surcharge by 2.5 percent. For the average resident who uses natural gas to heat their home, that would mean an increase of $1.65 to $1.70 each month. “So not a huge [...]

Study: Half of drilling jobs weren’t filled by locals

It’s something Tim Kelsey has heard from people in Pennsylvania’s gas fields since the beginning of the Marcellus Shale boom. “They see jobs being created but they also see a lot of Texas and Oklahoma and other states’ license plates,” said Kelsey, a Penn State economist. “I’ve often heard them ask: there are jobs here [...]

Shale gas production expected to decline

For the first time since the shale gas revolution began, natural gas production from shale formations in the U.S. will decline next month, according to the Energy Information Administration. The federal government predicted Wednesday that gas production in the country’s largest shale formations will decrease in September to 44.9 billion cubic feet per day. That’s [...]

Penn State wins federal grant to develop solar technology in national initiative

Researchers at Penn State University will share $24 million in federal funds to develop new solar panels to capture sunlight more efficiently, contributing to a package of measures to improve energy efficiency and boost the Obama administration’s climate goals, government officials said on Monday. The $2.9 million Penn State project is one of 11 around [...]

Feds show Pennsylvania gas revenues sharply lower than other leading producers

As Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to wrangle over whether to impose a severance tax on natural gas production, a new study finds that the state derives dramatically less revenue from its gas industry than some other leading oil and gas states that have a severance tax. The study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed Friday [...]

State says gas industry still ignoring minority, female hiring law

A state agency says the oil and gas industry is failing a requirement to report on hiring of women and minority owned businesses. The Department of General Services is calling on the legislature to make it harder for the industry to avoid its reporting requirements. It says 70 percent of businesses it contacted did not [...]

D.C. to buy Pennsylvania wind power

Iberdrola Renewables Iberdrola Renewables will send wind power from Fayette County, Pa. to Washington D.C. A wind farm in Western Pennsylvania plans to send its energy to Washington D.C., where the municipal government is trying to get its carbon footprint down to zero. Iberdrola Renewables, the Spanish company that owns the South Chestnut Wind Power [...]

Enviro groups appeal air permit for Shell’s ethane cracker

Environmental groups are appealing the air quality permit state regulators gave Shell for its proposed ethane cracker petrochemical plant in Beaver County. The appeal is before the state’s Environmental Hearing Board. A hearing date has not been set. The groups are arguing the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) should have required more stringent monitoring [...]

Scarnati says natural gas tax would cost Pa. 250,000 jobs

More than a month into a budget stalemate between Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-led state legislature, the governor and Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati continue to spar over whether to tax natural gas drillers. Scarnati, speaking on WITF’s Smart Talk Wednesday morning, implied a natural gas severance tax would cost the state 250,000 jobs–a figure [...]

Pa. coal operator announces bankruptcy

Alpha Natural Resources, which owns two mines in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, said Monday it was filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The announcement comes on the same day President Obama released new rules aimed at reducing global warming emissions, which target coal-burning power plants across the country. Alpha Natural Resources did not say what impact [...]

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