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$3B in grid upgrades proposed for utility spinoff

Another round of upgrades would come to New Jersey’s power grid under a plan to create a new company to finance up to $3 billion worth of work across a region that includes areas served by Jersey Central Power & Light. The plan, pending before state regulators, calls for a JCP&L spinoff to undertake improvements to aging high-voltage electricity transmission ...

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Study reveals proximity of schools, hospitals to fracking activity

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Thousands of Pennsylvania residents attend school or receive health care within one mile of a permitted natural gas fracking well site, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the Penn Environment Research & Policy Center, titled “Dangerous and Close” revealed there are 166 schools, 165 child care providers, 21 nursing care providers and six hospitals within that radius. ...

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Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia sign pact to develop shale resources

Governors of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have a new agreement to work together to make the most of shale-energy resources that run beneath parts of all three states. The five-page document says that officials in the states will cooperate to promote the region’s shared energy interests. “The issues and opportunities facing our growing oil and gas industry do not ...

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Decline of Pittsburgh gasoline prices slower in last week

Pittsburgh-area gasoline averaged about $2.37 a gallon this morning, shedding 1 cent in the last week and suggesting an expected decline in pump prices may take longer to arrive in southwestern Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, U.S. prices dropped 5 cents since last Monday and averaged $2.25 per gallon, according to a survey of more than 700 stations in Pittsburgh and seven surrounding ...

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Natural gas companies pounded by low prices

From driving to home heating, consumers are benefiting directly from reduced energy prices, but shareholders of companies involved in producing and delivering liquid fuels are feeling the pinch. In The Times-Tribune survey of publicly traded companies with a significant presence in Northeast Pennsylvania, natural gas and natural gas transportation companies comprised four of the five poorest performers — the laggards. ...

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Pennsylvania panel to examine drilling impacts on poor communities

Pennsylvania’s Office of Environmental Justice, all but moribund during the administration of then-Gov. Tom Corbett, gets new life this week with the appointment of a director and a mandate to review, for the first time, shale gas facilities that could increase the health and environmental risks in poor and minority communities. Whether those expanded reviews will reduce those risks in ...

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Expand pact to include fair taxation

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia wisely agreed last week to cooperate in many ways to make the most of the Marcellus and Utica shales gas development. But the agreement signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio does not address taxation, a major issue across the gas field. The compact pledges ...

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Federal Judge shuts down Pa. township’s O&G ban

Looks like a Grant Township in Pennsylvania won’t be able to put the kibosh on oil and gas operations anytime soon. According to a report from Pittsburgh Business Journal, the case stems from a dispute that started last August between Warren-based Pennsylvania General Energy Co. and the Indiana Township. PGE had filed for federal and state permits for an injection ...

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