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Content of barges diversified in Western Pa. as coal taking up less space

Barge on river in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at night.

Barges often outnumber people in the Beaver County river town of Georgetown. More than 200 barges can easily tie up along a nearly three-mile landing on the Ohio River almost out of sight from the 174 people living above its banks. Capt. Charles Montgomery pilots the Alice Jean, a 1,200 horsepower tow boat, alongside six barges docked at Campbell Transportation ...

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Company wants to draw water from Ohio River for fracking

FREEDOM — A hydraulic fracturing company wants to cut down on the number of trucks transporting water for its fracking operations by drawing water from the Ohio River. Shale development company PennEnergy Resources LLC, based in Findlay Township, received approval last month from Freedom Council to construct one or more water pipelines through the borough. That would allow the company ...

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Pennsylvania’s unemployment edges upward to 5.3 percent

The jobless rate in southwestern Pennsylvania ticked up to 5.3 percent in September, but employers cut fewer jobs and fewer people left the labor force, according to state numbers released on Tuesday. At 5.3 percent, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh area was two-tenths of a percentage point higher than in August, according to the Pennsylvania Department of ...

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DEP: Requests to void Shell’s air permit have been made

Environmental groups have already begun raining on Shell’s parade and have asked the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Pennsylvania to revoke the company’s air permit for its Beaver County facility. The two groups, Clean Air Council and Environmental Integrity Project have appealed the DEP’s air permit for the potential ethane cracker facility Shell plans to build in Beaver County.  ...

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Proposed Shell plant would generate own power — a lot of it

MONACA, Pa. — A proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania would use — and generate — a substantial amount of power. The Beaver County Times reports that Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant proposed for Potter and Center townships in Beaver County would likely require more than 100 megawatts of electricity to operate. That would power 100,000 homes at any given moment, ...

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Swedish company eyes Pittsburgh’s energy market

The world’s seventh largest construction company announced it has opened an office in Pennsylvania and has energy on its agenda. Skanska, a Sweden-based company, shared that its American division is making a new home in Pittsburgh and will be looking into opportunities in power and energy.  Geoff Murken, a vice president of operations for Skanska and also one of many ...

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New Allegheny Technologies plant project is rolling along

Allegheny Technologies Inc. on Thursday provided the first look inside its new hot-rolling mill in Harrison, touting the state-of-the-art steel processing facility as a long-term commitment to the region that will allow the company to broaden its markets and better compete with domestic and foreign steel producers. The $1.2 billion project — the largest investment in ATI’s history — was ...

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