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How electricians’ union became huge force in Pa. elections

Local 98

By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer A relatively small Philadelphia union has become the biggest independent source of campaign money in the state. Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has poured $25.6 million into political races since 2000, an Inquirer analysis of campaign records found — more than statewide powerhouses such as the trial lawyers, teachers’ unions, ...

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Gas-drilling ‘secrets’ have state court a little skittish

The Associated Press A Pennsylvania appeals court appeared skeptical of gas-drilling rules that would limit what “trade secrets” the industry must share after a spill. The Commonwealth Court in Philadelphia yesterday also heard arguments on whether doctors treating an ill patient should have to keep information disclosed to them confidential. Pennsylvania is trying to update 20-year-old laws to oversee the ...

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Heinz Endowments cuts funding ties to shale development group

By David Conti | The Pittsburgh Tribune The Heinz Endowments ended its tense ties to a Downtown alliance of environmentalists and oil and gas companies established to set standards for responsible drilling. Susan LeGros, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, provided little explanation for why The Heinz Endowments is “not currently funders” of the center that formed ...

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How ‘Big Corn’ lost the ethanol battle to Philadelphia refiners


NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Six months ago the U.S. oil industry scored a surprise win against farm groups when the Obama administration proposed slashing the amount of ethanol refiners must blend into gasoline, a move that could save them billions of dollars. Stunned by the reversal, producers of the corn-based biofuel and their supporters are now fighting back ahead of ...

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Business, political leaders press for natural-gas infrastructure development

mariner east

Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer Business and political leaders on Thursday stepped up a campaign for developing massive new infrastructure to deliver energy to Philadelphia from the booming Marcellus Shale natural-gas fields. “We’re really bound and determined to make an eastern natural-gas energy hub here in Philadelphia, and that’s all about connecting to the Marcellus,” Philip Rinaldi, chief executive officer ...

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Blast levels Center City home


It was hours after the explosion on Naudain Street when Christine Becer finally got a look at her home. A Philadelphia Gas Works employee walked her across South 23d Street, where caution tape was still draped between light poles. What she saw was almost too much to take in: a collapsing roof, a sagging window frame, and no clues as ...

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Pipeline protesters arrested at Center City federal building


By Aubrey Whelan, the Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA – More than two dozen people were arrested Monday after they blocked entrances to the William J. Green Federal Building in Center City to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The protesters – most of them members of the Philadelphia-based Earth Quaker Action Team – said they were calling on President Obama to ...

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