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Bill targets legal challenge to coal mining in state park

A new proposal by state senate Republican leaders takes aim at an ongoing legal challenge to coal mining in a western Pennsylvania state park. The case, brought three years ago by the Center for Coalfield Justice and Pennsylvania Sierra Club, challenges the legality of Consol Energy’s 3,000-acre Bailey Mine extension. The groups say it would damage [...]

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s most read stories of 2016

A look back at the stories that got the most clicks in 2016. See you next year! 10. Construction begins on the Sunbury pipeline  In August UGI Energy Services broke ground on the Sunbury Pipeline, which is expected be in service in early 2017. It begins in Lycoming County and runs 35 miles to feed gas [...]

Judge blocks mining near stream in Greene County state park

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board has temporarily blocked coal mining near a trout stream in Greene County’s Ryerson Station State Park after two environmental groups challenged the permit. The order, issued Friday by Judge Steven Beckman, prohibits Consol Energy from longwall mining within 500 feet of the park’s Kent Run stream, until the board can rule [...]

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 [...]

Drilling underway at Pittsburgh International Airport

A major plan to drill for natural gas under Pittsburgh International Airport is underway. Politicians, including Gov. Tom Corbett, and officials from Consol Energy kicked off the project in a ceremony at the airport today. More from the Associated Press: The Monday morning ceremony featured remarks by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Democratic County Executive Rich [...]

Consol Energy gets permission to drill at Pittsburgh International Airport

Consol Energy has received permission from supervisors in Findlay Township to drill for natural gas under the Pittsburgh International Airport. The unanimous approval came with nearly two dozen conditions– including noise and work hour limitations, along with air monitoring requirements. Consol’s plans include 60 natural gas wells and six pads on about 8,800 acres at the [...]

Exports keeping coal industry alive despite surge in natural gas

The surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production and increasing efforts to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants has caused business leaders and analysts to question king coal’s rank in the energy economy. Last month, the Energy Information Administration forecasted that natural gas will surpass coal as the number one source of electricity generation [...]

Consol Energy sells coal assets, looks to boost natural gas production

Consol Energy has been mining coal since the American Civil War, but today the Cecil-based company has announced it is selling the subsidiary that started it all. Murray Energy Corp. will pay $850 million in cash for the Consolidation Coal Company, including five mines in West Virginia. The Ohio-based mining company will also buy up [...]

Consol Energy Shuts Reporters Out of Annual Shareholder Meeting

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Consol Energy shut reporters out of its annual shareholders meeting Wednesday. According to the Post-Gazette, this is the second year in a row the company has kept its doors closed to the media: The practice is not illegal, but “it’s not appropriate,” said Lev Janashvili, managing director at GMI Ratings, a [...]

EQT And Consol Bid To Drill At Pittsburgh-Area Airports

Two companies – EQT and Consol – have submitted bids to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport. Allegheny County owns the land at both facilities, and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald sees the drilling revenue as a way to alleviate airline expenses at the underused Pittsburgh International Airport. “Will that bring every airline [...]

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