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Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

Hope Yen | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say. The year-long investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture ...

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Fracking boom causes rush of local ordinances

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Across the nation, from Pennsylvania to California, oil and gas development has been growing at an exponential rate. As a result, the industry continues to encroach on the livelihoods of the various communities being impacted, prompting local attempts to quell the industry’s growth. Colorado residents, for example, have recently been pushing for more local ...

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FERC will host Atlantic Sunrise pipeline meetings


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee will hold a series of four informational meetings in Pennsylvania regarding the proposed construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. As reported by StateImpact Pennsylvania, the pipeline would serve as an extension of the existing Transco system, operated by energy company Williams Partners. Natural gas from Marcellus Shale wells would ...

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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Dina Cappiello | The Associated Press NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy ...

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EQT’s gas production grows, but prices


Anya Litvak  | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The supply and demand imbalance that has depressed natural gas prices in northeastern Pennsylvania has begun to cause pain in this part of the state, and EQT Corp.’s gas prices have suffered because of it. The Downtown-based oil and gas company said its realized prices during the second quarter were 18 percent below the benchmark ...

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Secretary Wolf defends Pa. Health Department


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf has responded to allegations that the state’s Health Department neglected its duties. Following up on statements he made last week, Wolf says the Department follows specific protocols for responding to questions about the health effects of fracking and takes them seriously. All inquiries are immediately reported to the ...

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Pa. auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation


Jason Cato | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pennsylvania’s regulatory agency in charge of monitoring the Marcellus shale industry and its impact on drinking water fell short in policing operators and keeping the public informed when problems arise, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday in scathing audit of the Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP’s shortcomings result from a lack of resources, such ...

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Gov. Corbett agrees not to sign Pa. state park leases until court decision


Laura Legere | The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Corbett administration will not sign any new natural gas leases under state parks and forests until at least this fall under an agreement with an environmental group that was submitted in court on Thursday. Under the terms of the settlement, the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation agreed to drop its push for a temporary ...

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Gulf Oil plans LNG facility in Great Bend


Brendan Gibbons | Times-Tribune An oil company with Pennsylvania roots plans to have a liquefied natural gas plant up and running in Great Bend, Susquehanna County, by the end of 2015. The plant would accept natural gas from Williams’ Windsor-Montrose-Washington gathering line and compress it for storage and delivery as a liquid, according to a petition the company, Gulf Oil ...

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Lessons Learned: The Big Blackout of 2003 Still Draws Attention to Reliability


Conor O’Sullivan | Breaking Energy On a hot day in August 2003, a high-voltage transmission line failed in Ohio, followed by a series of failures on other vital lines over the next two hours. As the massive power flows sought a path of least resistance, they overloaded other high-voltage lines and the time intervals became shorter between each subsequent failure. ...

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