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Could the future bring subsidized air conditioning to Pa.?

Climate change will bring longer, hotter heat waves to Pennsylvania, according to experts. Some are worried how those living without air conditioning will survive. 2016 was the hottest year on record. It broke the heat record set in 2015, which broke the record set in 2014.  Climate scientists say it’s expected to get worse. With [...]

Pa. investing $300 million into Philadelphia ports

Boosters of the Port of Philadelphia gathered Wednesday to celebrate a big Christmas present from Governor Tom Wolf: $300 million. Jerry Sweeney, chair of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, called the room full of politicians, business leaders and union workers to order. Behind him was a large Christmas tree, decorated with twinkling white lights, red ornaments [...]

Philadelphia’s green jobs plan long on goals, short on details

Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke [C} stands with Mayor Jim Kenney [L] and several council members to announce a $1 billion plan to invest in energy efficiency projects. Clarke says the plan will create up to 10,000 jobs. Back in January, on Inauguration Day, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke vowed to announce a [...]

DEP fines Kinder Morgan for Philadelphia storage tank violations

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined Kinder Morgan $745,000 for violations at the company’s two Philadelphia liquid storage facilities. The bulk of that fine, $570,000, stems from a spill of about 8,000 gallons of fuel grade ethanol from an above ground storage tank at the Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminal along the Delaware river in [...]

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 [...]

PGW proposes rate hike to fix leaky pipes

Philadelphia Gas Works says it can cut in half the time it takes to replace its leaky pipes if it raises the customer infrastructure surcharge by 2.5 percent. For the average resident who uses natural gas to heat their home, that would mean an increase of $1.65 to $1.70 each month. “So not a huge [...]

What’s in those tank cars near the Amtrak derailment?

News footage of the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday night shows nearby tank cars that look similar to the rail cars carrying crude oil or other hazardous material across the country each day. In aerial photos, it looks as if the Amtrak train, traveling at 100 miles an hour, nearly missed creating an even greater [...]

Energy industry invests in Philly mayor’s race

Since Marcellus Shale development boomed, Philadelphia has been a thorn in the side of the gas industry. The city has not seen many of the economic benefits that places like Williamsport, or Pittsburgh have. And it tends to be home to well-organized, experienced environmental groups used to taking on powerful adversaries. When the industry invited [...]

Preparing for the worst, Delco first responders simulate oil train accident

The increasing number of rail cars carrying crude oil through Pennsylvania means a rising risk of accidents. Recent derailments caused trains to explode and incinerate areas along tracks in Illinois and West Virginia, threatening waterways. So far, Pennsylvania has been lucky. Within the past year and a half, oil trains traveling through the state derailed [...]

Railroad chief says oil companies need to do more for rail safety

The head of the Federal Railroad Administration says oil companies need to do more to insure the safety of crude by rail shipments. FRA acting administrator Sarah Feinberg says that the railroad companies carrying the highly volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota have done all they can do and the [...]

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