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Construction begins on Sunbury pipeline

State and local officials attended a ceremony Wednesday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking for a 20-inch pipeline that will deliver Marcellus Shale gas to a new power plant in central Pennsylvania. The Sunbury Pipeline is being built by UGI Energy Services. It will begin in Lycoming County and travel 35 miles to feed into the [...]

Carbon emissions from natural gas expected to surpass coal

Carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas are expected to exceed those from coal for the first time in more than 40 years, according to data released Wednesday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA projects energy-related carbon emissions from natural gas will be 10 percent higher than those from coal this year.

Feds unveil new rules to cut carbon emissions from trucks

As part of its final push to combat climate change, the Obama administration has unveiled tough, new fuel efficiency rules for heavy duty vehicles.  The new standards will force manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions from big-rigs, tractors, garbage trucks and buses. Speaking to reporters about the move, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said there’s a lot [...]

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 [...]

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