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Wolf aide married to gas industry lobbyist may be violating Pa.’s ethics law

When anti-fracking activist Scott Cannon’s invitation to serve on Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force was rescinded last July, emails soon surfaced showing Gov. Wolf’s special assistant, Yesenia Bane, asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to uninvite him. The move created a stir among environmental activists. It’s still not clear why the activist [...]

Energy Hub vision challenged by Rinaldi’s departure from PES

The Philadelphia Energy Hub, a grand idea that was always longer on rhetoric than reality, took another step back this week when its leading advocate said he will retire early next year as chief executive of the East Coast’s biggest refiner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions. Phil Rinaldi, dubbed “fossil Phil” by environmentalists for his aggressive promotion [...]

Philly climate activists criticize plans for oil terminal

Climate activists on Thursday urged the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to reject a plan by Philadelphia Energy Solutions to build a terminal for oil imports and exports at the Southport Marine site in Philadelphia, saying the proposal would add to greenhouse gas emissions. Demonstrators from environmental groups including Food & Water Watch and Philly Thrive stuck [...]

Pa. Senate environmental panel chair bemoans ‘lack of leadership’ on Marcellus

Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) speaking at the Midstream PA conference in State College. State Senator Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is sharply criticizing his fellow Pennsylvania public officials, for what he calls a lack of leadership on Marcellus Shale natural gas issues. He has an influential position in Harrisburg as [...]

Demonstrators urge PES to rethink its plans for expansion at Southport

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Environmentalists and community activists fixed flowers to the perimeter fence at Philadelphia Energy Solutions during a demonstration calling on the refiner to rethink its plans to expand at the proposed Southport marine terminal. Environmentalists and community activists called on Philadelphia Energy Solutions on Tuesday to withdraw a proposal to build [...]

Philadelphia’s shale boosters want more pipelines

The Philadelphia Energy Action Team, a group of business interests organized as part of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, says the key to turning the city into an energy hub is getting more pipes in the ground. The group released their report on revitalizing the city’s economy using shale gas Wednesday morning. A goal [...]

Environmentalists target port proposals to fight Philadelphia “energy hub”

Emma Lee/WHYY Protesters rally outside the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Columbus Boulevard, where the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority held a public outreach event to get community input on proposals for the Southport Marine Terminal. Environmental groups fighting efforts to make Philadelphia an “energy hub” for Marcellus Shale gas have found their first target: a [...]

Philadelphia area refiners cut crude-by-rail shipments in favor of imports

The drop in global oil prices means the number of black crude-by-rail tank cars may become less prominent along the state’s rail lines. Philadelphia area refiners have begun to import more crude from abroad. And oil train traffic has leveled off for the first time this fall, after rising dramatically between 2012 and the early [...]

Philadelphia “energy hub” proponents plan to counter rural pipeline opposition

Organized business interests and politicians working to bring Marcellus Shale gas to Philadelphia have a new plan to tackle one of their largest obstacles — pipeline opponents. The Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team wants to use the state’s abundant, and cheap natural gas supply to revive the city’s manufacturing sector. But the gas will never [...]

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 [...]

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