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Pennsylvania counties see less money from gas drilling fee

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania counties and municipal governments will see less money from a state fee on Marcellus Shale gas wells, as expected. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said Wednesday that impact fee revenue from Marcellus Shale wells dropped by $36 million to about $188 million. That’s the lowest annual payment in the five-year history of the impact fee, ...

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Western Maryland town of Friendsville proposes fracking ban

FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is proposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its jurisdiction. The Town Council voted 4-2 Thursday to have its attorney review the proposed ordinance. Council member Jess Whittemore says in a statement he expects final passage this summer. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part ...

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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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Constitution Pipeline opponents plan rally; want NY to deny permit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Members of environmental groups plan to rally at the state Capitol as they continue efforts to stop construction of a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to eastern New York. Opponents of the Constitution Pipeline want the Cuomo administration to deny a water quality permit for the project. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of the project ...

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Solar farm developers target New York with lease offers

The Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) is a 32-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant built through a collaboration including BP Solar, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the Department of Energy. (Image: Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flckr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy production. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable energy plan and the extension of the 30 percent federal tax credit in December, solar ...

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Virginia lawmakers back natural gas pipeline

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A coalition of Hampton Roads state legislators is lining up behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The 33 members of the General Assembly collectively known as the Hampton Roads Caucus expressed their backing for the massive natural gas project in a letter to Virginia’s U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. The pipeline would deliver natural ...

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West Virginia kills bill allowing private property survey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has voted down a bill that would have let surveyors for natural gas pipelines enter people’s private property without permission. Senators voted 23-11 to kill a bill Monday that says letting surveyors for natural gas companies on people’s property is in the public interest. The legislation would have required trying to get ...

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