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Feds approve plan to build gas pipeline for power plant

SHAMOKIN DAM, Pa. (AP) — Federal officials have signed off on a plan to build a 34-mile pipeline through five central Pennsylvania counties that will carry natural gas to a power plant being built along the Susquehanna River. Federal energy regulators approved the Sunbury Pipeline Project on Friday. The pipeline would service the power plant being built in Shamokin Dam, ...

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Requests to revisit AEP, FirstEnergy deals in Ohio due

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents are facing a deadline to ask Ohio utility regulators to reconsider their approval of two closely-watched energy deals that allowed two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has set Monday as the date for requesting re-hearings on power purchase ...

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Murray Energy continues fight against EPA’s emissions rules

Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants. St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy filed a brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Monday, challenging the EPA’s supplemental finding published earlier in the day. The U.S. Supreme ...

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Pennsylvania regulators approve new gas, oil industry rules

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania government commission is giving its divided approval to regulations toughening oil and gas industry permit requirements. The agency that reviews regulatory changes voted 3-to-2 Thursday in favor of the new regulations, StateImpactPennsylvania reported. The three Democratic appointees voted “yes.” Drillers will now have to identify schools or playgrounds near wells, and if water supplies ...

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Dominion to start releasing coal ash wastewater

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Virginia Power plans to begin releasing treated coal ash wastewater into the James River at the Bremo Power Station. The state’s largest electric utility is planning to begin discharging the water Wednesday as it moves to close coal ash impoundments at power plants. Dominion says it will treat 240 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of water ...

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Environmentalists sue for cleanup at bankrupt mine sites

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines. News outlets report that the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the WestChapter of the Sierra Club filed two lawsuits in two federal courts on April 20. The plaintiffs accuse West Virginia of violating ...

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