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Philadelphia plans to cut emissions from city buildings, buy all renewables

Philadelphia officials on Wednesday unveiled a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, reduce energy use from the built environment and use 100 percent renewable energy to power city properties by 2030. The goals are part of the new Municipal Energy Master Plan, which aims to help the city meet the goals of the [...]

Last two Dimock families settle lawsuit with Cabot over water

Two Pennsylvania families have settled a lawsuit against a major natural gas producer, ending an almost decade-long fight over alleged water contamination in the northeast Pennsylvania town of Dimock. The families were among 15 who sued Cabot Oil & Gas in 2009, claiming that fracking for natural gas had contaminated their drinking water wells in [...]

Pipeline opponents sue Sunoco, alleging constitutional violations

Four opponents of the Mariner East 2 pipeline sued Sunoco Pipeline and its parent, Energy Transfer Partners, in federal court on Monday, alleging the company violated several constitutional rights when police arrested the plaintiffs on a private property in Huntingdon County. The suit accuses Sunoco, plus a private security firm, a publicist, and 27 state [...]

Construction begins on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Williams Partners has announced construction is officially underway on its multi-billion dollar Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, which is being built to connect Marcellus Shale gas in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets along the eastern seaboard. “We are committed to installing this infrastructure in a safe, environmentally responsible manner and in full compliance with rigorous state and federal [...]

Conflicting decisions on pipelines frustrate industry, landowners

In March 2016, workers for one of the nation’s largest natural gas pipeline companies cut down a large swath of maple trees in Susquehanna County–a rural patch of northeastern Pennsylvania. A video shot by an activist shows the trees crashing down as chainsaws buzz. Cathy Holleran was powerless to stop it. At the time, she was tapping [...]

Consol halts mining while waiting for new stream plan response

A month after a panel of judges said Consol Energy’s mining plan would “essentially destroy” a Western Pennsylvania stream, the company has sent in a new plan. But it’s halted its longwall mining operations in the area and laid off workers while waiting for the state to decide on the proposal. Consol says 303 miners [...]

Pa. House narrowly passes a tax-free budget funding plan

The state House of Representatives has narrowly voted to move a budget plan built largely on one-time fund transfers. Although it represents the first action on the overdue budget in well over a month, it’s unclear how much it’ll move the needle toward a resolution. The Senate and the administration of Governor Tom Wolf both [...]

DRBC takes a step toward banning fracking in Northeast Pa.

Cheers erupted at the Delaware River Basin Commission meeting Wednesday on the campus of Bucks County Community College in Newtown after commissioners from three states including Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware, approved a resolution that could lead to a fracking ban in the Delaware River watershed. New Jersey abstained and the federal representative from the [...]

StateImpact Pennsylvania to expand its reach with grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Four public media organizations in Pennsylvania, led by WITF, will receive a $652,902 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to expand a regional news collaboration. Lead station WITF (Harrisburg) will work with WHYY (Philadelphia), WESA (Pittsburgh) and The Allegheny Front (Pittsburgh). The partnership, titled StateImpact Pennsylvania, will produce multimedia reports on the energy industry, the [...]

House panel rebrands Marcellus ‘impact fee,’ now calling it ‘severance tax’

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently, when it comes to Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. A state House committee voted along party lines Monday, to rebrand the impact fee levied on the state’s Marcellus Shale drillers, calling it a severance tax instead. The two terms hardly seem interchangable: Impact fees are levied on a per-well basis, [...]

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