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NY regulators order full environmental review for pipeline

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced its finding Wednesday, saying the Pilgrim Pipeline project has the potential for significant adverse impact on the environment and communities. The pipelines would carry North ...

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Dominion subsidiaries end weeklong union lockout in 6 states

Dominion Power, union lockout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to end a weeklong lockout at Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries. Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission agreed to end the lockout involving 915 workers in six states, while the United Gas Workers Union Local 69 vowed not to strike. The agreement, announced in a joint news release Wednesday, runs ...

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Firm: Faster-than-expected corrosion led to pipeline blast

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Faster-than-expected corrosion caused a Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline blast that scorched 40 rural acres in April and badly burned a man whose home was destroyed, the Texas energy company that owns the pipeline said. Andy Drake, the vice president of operations and environmental health and safety with Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., shared those findings Tuesday night ...

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Boston mayor hoping to bring self-driving cars to city

This photo shows a rear view of a Lexus self-driving car. Photo: By Runner1928 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping to bring self-driving cars to the city’s narrow, twisting roads. Walsh announced the launch of a program Wednesday designed to help develop autonomous technologies within Boston, whose original street plan — according to local lore — was laid down in part based on the paths that cows cut through the city. ...

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Maine regulators propose reforms to solar policy

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are proposing changes to an energy policy that lets solar owners receive credits on their utility bill for energy they sell back to the grid. Critics including GOP Gov. Paul LePage have criticized the policy for selling back electricity at “above-market” rates. On Tuesday, Maine public utility commissioners, all appointed by LePage, appeared to ...

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Maine’s final LNG proposal tossed by federal regulators

A Liquedfied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier is seen on the left. (Image: Warren Rohner via Flickr)

ROBBINSTON, Maine (AP) — The final proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Down East Maine has quietly faded away. Federal regulators have terminated the application by Downeast LNG because of inactivity. The proposal could be resubmitted later, but it’d have to start over from the beginning. The proposal’s demise shows just how much the energy picture has changed ...

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Transformer fire closes Pennsylvania gas-fired power plant

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BANGOR, Pa. (AP) — A natural gas-fired power plant in eastern Pennsylvania has been shut down indefinitely after an electrical transformer caught fire. Talen Energy spokesman Todd Martin says the Martins Creek plant in Lower Mount Bethel Township has been taken off line while the company works with state regulators to investigate the fire. It was reported shortly after 7:30 ...

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WVU to host forum featuring US energy secretary

Ernest Moniz, Energy Department, oil glut

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will host an energy forum that features U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. WVU says the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum on Monday will draw input from political, industry, academic and other leaders. Panelists will discuss ways to accelerate energy innovation in the region. Other presenters include Sen. Joe Manchin; Congressman David McKinley; Pennsylvania ...

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Retired coal miners to rally at Capitol for benefits bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are gathering at the U.S. Capitol to support a bill that would preserve their health and pension benefits. The United Mine Workers of America says its members and supporters from 13 states, including West Virginia, will rally in Washington on Thursday. The UMWA called it life-or-death legislation for retired coal miners ...

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