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Mariner East 2 partisans clash at DEP public meeting in West Chester

Friends and foes of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 plan to build two natural gas liquids pipelines across southern Pennsylvania lined up to support or attack the plan in equal measures at a public meeting called by the Department of Environmental Protection in West Chester on Wednesday evening. Arguments on both sides strayed well beyond the [...]

Oil and gas jobs down 26 percent since 2014

Jobs in the oil and gas industry are down 26 percent since peaking two years ago, according to an analysis released Friday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Nationwide, employment peaked at 538,000 jobs in October 2014 and has declined since then, amounting to a loss of 142,000 jobs through May 2016. “Not all [...]

Whose gas is it anyway?

As Ralph Blume walks through his farm field on a hot afternoon in July, he surveys the damage. By his estimate, he’s out about $4,000. That’s because a year ago, he says workers for Sunoco Logistics destroyed an acre of his wheat crop. The company hasn’t reimbursed him and he doesn’t want them back. “When they [...]

Shale drillers produce more gas with fewer wells in 2015

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania is up despite a drop in the number of new wells. The Department of Environmental Protection released its 2015 annual oil and gas report on Monday, detailing such things as the number of wells drilled, locations, and inspections. The state’s shale wells produced 4.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas [...]

Demonstrators urge PES to rethink its plans for expansion at Southport

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Environmentalists and community activists fixed flowers to the perimeter fence at Philadelphia Energy Solutions during a demonstration calling on the refiner to rethink its plans to expand at the proposed Southport marine terminal. Environmentalists and community activists called on Philadelphia Energy Solutions on Tuesday to withdraw a proposal to build [...]

PSEG files with FERC to stop pipeline project

From NJ Spotlight Public Service Enterprise Group, New Jersey’s largest electricity supplier, is trying to block a plan to expand a natural-gas pipeline in New England, arguing it will unreasonably suppress prices in the electricity market there. In a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, PSEG companies contend that the move, initiated by four [...]

Wolf: Ethane cracker will bring jobs for years

Note: This story is from The Allegheny Front, a public radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf was in Beaver County Thursday to tout the economic benefits of Shell’s multi-billion dollar ethane cracker and discuss the challenges ahead in building it. Wolf spoke at what his office called a “roundtable” with local [...]

Report: Gas impact fee revenue will keep declining

Pennsylvania will continue to see less money from natural gas drilling, according to a new analysis from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. This year the drilling impact fees brought in $187.7 million– the lowest amount ever. The IFO projects revenue will continue to decline next year, potentially setting a new record low. “The impact fee [...]

Environmentalists challenge grid operator’s new ‘reliability’ regulation

via NJ Spotlight A new rule designed to promote reliability of the power grid is being challenged by a quartet of interest groups saying it increases prices to consumers and hinders clean-energy alternatives.The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and the Union of Concerned Scientists filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a federal agency’s approval [...]

Federal court rules FERC doesn’t have to review upstream impacts of LNG

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is not required to examine the upstream impacts of natural gas development when reviewing the environmental impacts of new liquefied natural gas export facilities under the National Environmental Policy Act. Instead, the court said that if any agency should examine [...]

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