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Industry warns of negative impacts from Wolf’s gas tax

Governor Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas drilling will cost Pennsylvania thousands of jobs and billions of dollars, according to a report released Thursday by the American Petroleum Institute, the nation’s largest oil and gas trade group. API projects the governor’s tax will result in 1,364 fewer wells over the next decade, resulting in a [...]

FERC rejects environmentalists appeal on Cove Point LNG exports

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request by several environmental groups to halt construction on Dominion Energy’s Cove Point LNG export terminal in Lusby, MD and conduct a more thorough environmental review. Environmentalists have been fighting the conversion of the mothballed import terminal into an import/export facility, saying FERC should consider the environmental [...]

Crude-by-rail shipments to eastern refineries hit new high in Feb., EIA says

Rail shipments of crude oil accounted for more than half of the input to U.S. East Coast refineries in February, their highest level ever, displacing some imports, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As crude oil production rises in the Bakken Shale oil field of North Dakota and eastern Montana, railroads [...]

Marcellus production led U.S. gas fields in 2013, EIA says

The Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and West Virginia produced far more natural gas in 2013 than any other field in the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Friday. The EIA report said that Marcellus operators produced 2.86 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in 2013, sharply higher than the Barnett Shale of [...]

Obama Administration proposes billions to overhaul energy infrastructure

The Obama Administration wants to spend billions of dollars to upgrade the nation’s energy infrastructure. That means replacing pipelines, making the grid more resilient against terrorism or cyber attacks, preparing the systems for rising sea levels, improving data on crude-by-rail, reducing emissions from natural gas infrastructure, and modernizing the electrical grid. The White House chose [...]

PUC instructs Philadelphia Gas Works on how to accelerate pipeline-replacement program

Philadelphia Gas Works should consider how to raise money to pay for the faster replacement of almost 2,000 miles of ageing cast-iron and unprotected steel mains, which pose an increasing risk to public safety, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said on Tuesday. The PUC set out seven alternatives for paying for a pipe-replacement program, which [...]

Shale gas opponents shout down industry speaker at Philadelphia LNG session

Anti-fracking protestors late Thursday disrupted a public information session on the possibility of building a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Philadelphia, shouting down speakers from the industry and finally being ejected by security officers. About half a dozen protestors repeatedly interrupted an opening presentation at Drexel University by Jason French, Director of Government and [...]

Philadelphia’s mayoral race has candidates talking shale gas

On Thursday evening business leaders and local politicians gathered at Drexel University in Philadelphia to talk about exporting Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas from the Port of Philadelphia, and got an earful from activists. But the export terminal is just one idea inside of a larger vision to turn Philadelphia into an “energy hub,” an issue [...]

Gas industry urges U.S. to speed approval of LNG export terminals

The natural gas industry’s leading trade group on Thursday stepped up pressure on the federal government to approve plans for liquefied natural gas export terminals, issuing a white paper which argues that the U.S. risks missing an opportunity to dominate the global market unless it acts quickly. America’s Natural Gas Alliance said the U.S. could [...]

With shale boom, U.S. expected to become net energy exporter

Reversing a trend that has lasted more than half a century, the federal government predicts the U.S. will become a net energy exporter within 15 years, as the shale boom increases the production of crude oil and natural gas. In its Annual Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says advanced technologies are reshaping [...]

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