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PES bankruptcy plan approved by court

Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery.

A federal bankruptcy court on Monday approved a plan for Philadelphia Energy Solutions to exit bankruptcy by April 10 at the latest after creditors including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government withdrew their objections. The plan will allow the South Philadelphia refinery, the largest on the east coast, to continue operating, preserving some [...]

PES likely to resolve growing objections to its bankruptcy plan, analysts say

Philadelphia Energy Solutions, the largest refiner on the East Coast, will continue operating under a court-approved plan to exit from bankruptcy.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions is meeting more resistance to its plan to reorganize while in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but is expected to resolve its differences with creditors including the federal government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The operator of the South Philadelphia refinery, the biggest on the East Coast with some 1,100 workers, faced four objections [...]

EPA deal gives PES, in bankruptcy, some relief from renewable fuel credits

Philadelphia Energy Solutions is the largest oil refining complex on the Eastern seaboard. Half of all Bakken Crude traveling across the country by rail ends up at the PES plant.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions reached agreement with the federal government to reduce its liability for buying renewable fuel credits, which the company blamed for its bankruptcy filing in January. The company said the deal will for now prevent possible closure, and save some 1,100 jobs, but doesn’t represent a long-term fix to what it said was [...]

EPA restores funding to news outlet covering Chesapeake Bay

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The Environmental Protection Agency agreed Thursday to restore $325,000 in funding to the Bay Journal, a print and online news outlet covering environmental issues related to the Chesapeake Bay. The EPA funded the York County-based newspaper for 27 years through Republican and Democratic administrations. In August 2017, the agency unexpectedly cut off the money. The decision was [...]

EPA employees spend uneasy Friday bracing for potential government shutdown

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As the federal government nears a shutdown, frustration is mounting among federal employees tasked with overseeing the Mid-Atlantic region’s environment and energy-related programs. The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it has enough money to stay open for a week in the event of a shutdown. But a shutdown could ultimately force more than 600 [...]

Listen: Public radio show deals with coal’s uncertain future

The Homer City power plant in Indiana County, Pa. Photo: Reid R. Frazier

The public radio show Truth, Politics and Power took on the tenuous future of coal and coal miners in a recent episode, King Coal. Host Neil Conan spoke with StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Reid Frazier about support President Donald Trump has garnered from coal miners and mining communities in Pennsylvania.

Energy in 2017: Regulatory rollback and environmentalist angst

The priorities set by a new presidential administration dominated energy news in 2017. President Donald Trump and his cabinet set an agenda to “unleash” America’s energy potential, removing the barriers they perceive to be holding back domestic energy production — often to the dismay of the environmental community. Here’s a compilation of the year’s biggest [...]

Coke plant agrees to $1.5 million penalty for air pollution in western Pa. community

The world’s largest steelmaker has agreed to pay nearly $2 million because of air pollution violations at a Westmoreland County coke plant. In a settlement filed Wednesday in federal court in Pittsburgh, ArcelorMittal agreed to pay $1.5 million to state and federal regulators, and donate $300,000 to a local charity to implement clean air programs. [...]

EPA union leader: Public records request was ‘retaliation for my political activities’

With looming budget cuts threatening jobs, employees at the Environmental Protection Agency have something else to worry about. A private agency investigated employees who criticized the EPA, according to a report in the New York Times. When EPA union official Gary Morton protested proposed budget cuts during his lunch hour last March outside EPA’s Region [...]

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