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Sunoco gas pipeline ruptures in Lycoming County

courtesy of Carol Kafer/ Loyalsock Watershed Association Heavy rains brought flash floods to Lycoming County, which washed out a bridge on Wallis Run Road. The yellow pipeline marker shows the location of the Sunoco pipeline that ruptured and spilled an estimated 55,000 gallons of gasoline into Wallis Run creek. Flash floods and landslides in north-central [...]

Opponents build wooden structure to block Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

Opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise interstate natural gas pipeline are building a wooden structure in southern Lancaster County, in an attempt to block the pipeline’s construction. Mark Clatterbuck of the group, Lancaster Against Pipelines, says they were inspired by Native American groups’ opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline earlier this year. He says the structure [...]

Higher than expected “sunny day floods” caused by climate change

It no longer takes a bad storm to cause floods in towns up and down the Delaware River, as well as the Jersey Shore. Rising sea levels are making high tides even higher, creating what some refer to as “sunny day floods.” And its human-caused climate change that is behind them, according to a new [...]

PA Senate race: A proxy war for national interests

When it comes to Beltway politics, all eyes are on the Pennsylvania Senate race. The tight contest between incumbent Republican Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty could help decide which party controls the Senate. Millions of dollars are flowing in from outside groups, including those aligned with fossil fuel interests, and those supporting [...]

Bradford County releases video slamming Chesapeake Energy

Bradford County has released a video sharply criticizing gas driller Chesapeake Energy for allegedly cheating its residents out of royalty money. Advocates are pushing for a bill to address what they’re calling the “PA royalty ripoff.” The county commissioners announced last month they would contract with a public relations firm to produce a video about the issue and [...]

Congressional candidates weigh in on pipeline

The expansion of natural gas pipelines has been a hot topic in Pennsylvania over the past few years, and not surprisingly, it’s surfaced as an issue on the campaign trail. At a debate in Lancaster County Monday night, the three candidates vying for the 16th Congressional District were asked about their views on the proposed [...]

Energy pops up as a surprise topic in Sunday’s presidential debate

Questions over the country’s energy future surfaced in the Presidential debate Sunday night. It was a surprising five minutes of policy discussion in a tense debate that focused on character attacks. Undecided voter Ken Bone, who found unexpected popularity on social media and later said the debate felt like watching his parents fight, posed this [...]

While global methane emissions are up, study says fossil fuels not the culprit

A new study from NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, puts a new twist on a tricky question about the impact of increased oil and gas production on greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists have detected increased rates of methane emissions globally since 2007. That uptick corresponds to the rapid boom in U.S. shale gas and shale [...]

Consol Energy gives up naming rights to Pittsburgh arena

Consol has given up the naming rights to the Consol Energy Center– home to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the announcement came this morning during a Penguins press conference. Financial terms were not disclosed. PPG Paints has bought the naming rights and the venue will now be called the PPG Paints arena. Consol’s [...]

Attorney for PUC says “small cadre” trying to kill gas industry

*This story has been updated with a comment from the PUC. A private practice attorney representing the Public Utility Commission before the Supreme Court in the Robinson Township case, has told a Pittsburgh newspaper that he was discouraged by the court’s decision to toss aspects of the state’s oil and gas law saying “there’s an [...]

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