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Coalition forms to fight Philadelphia “energy hub”

Kimberly Paynter/WHYY Jenny Haniver joins Green Justice Philly to rally for an investment in green energy. While business interests in Philadelphia are pushing a vision for the city as an “energy hub,” a coalition is coming together to fight that plan. The new coalition, called Green Justice Philly, includes 20 community organizations and environmental groups [...]

Study: Shale gas related water contamination top-down, not bottom-up

Contaminants related to shale gas production found in well water in Northeast Pennsylvania likely results from surface spills and leaks, rather than fluid migrating up from fracked wells, according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study also found a correlation between detectable hydrocarbons and [...]

Environmentalists weigh in on Pennsylvania Supreme Court race

Updating to add name of independent candidate. Four environmental groups on Tuesday endorsed three candidates for November’s elections to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, saying the court will likely have to make constitutional judgments connected to energy development and carbon emissions in coming years. Clean Water Action, the Pennsylvania Sierra Club, PennEnvironment, and Conservation Voters of [...]

Philadelphia has much to lose if drastic global carbon reductions aren’t made, study says

Philadelphia and some other cities along the tidal Delaware River in southeastern Pennsylvania could avoid the worst effects of long-term sea-level rise if global carbon emissions are radically reduced, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper from Climate Central, a Princeton, NJ-based research organization, found [...]

Pennsylvania study finds link between gas drilling and premature births

Women are more likely to have premature babies and high-risk pregnancies the more they are exposed to unconventional natural gas development, according to a new study based on more than 10,000 babies born in the shale-gas region of Pennsylvania. The study, released by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health on Thursday, found that [...]

Sunoco scores legal victory in eminent domain case for Mariner East 2

A Pennsylvania judge this week handed Sunoco Logistics its first court victory in a battle to assert eminent domain over privately owned land where it plans to build its cross-state Mariner East 2 pipeline. Judge Edward Guido of the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas rejected arguments by six local landowners that Sunoco has no [...]

DEP: Unauthorized drilling fluid contaminated Potter County aquifer

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a “Notice of Violation” to a gas drilling company that contaminated a drinking water aquifer in Potter County two weeks ago. The DEP says the incident polluted at least five private drinking water supplies with a surfactant not approved by the agency for use in drilling through ground [...]

NPR: Hear how energy policy helps Bush put the ! In Jeb!

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s energy levels have been an ongoing topic of conversation during the presidential campaign — probably much more than Bush would prefer. Rival Donald Trump has repeatedly needled Bush for bringing a “low energy” to the campaign trail, even posting a fake advertisement on Instragram offering Bush as a sleeping aide. The digs [...]

DEP hears differing views on EPA climate plan

State regulators heard comments on how quickly it should address the EPA’s plan to curb carbon emissions Monday night in Pittsburgh. Around 100 people came to a DEP listening session where more than three dozen speakers discussed the economic benefits of energy efficiency, the health effects of air pollution, and whether cutting carbon will hurt [...]

Gas developers urged to be transparent in applications to municipalities

Natural gas companies seeking municipalities’ permission to build well pads should disclose every aspect of their plans to residents and local officials and should do so with a respectful approach to local sensitivities, experts said on Thursday. Attendees at the annual Shale Insight conference, hosted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition trade group, were offered guidance [...]

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