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Pipelines drained; feds investigating cause of gas explosion

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas pipelines were being drained Saturday as authorities try to determine the cause of an explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed one home, damaged at least three others and burned a fleeing homeowner. Officials in Westmoreland County said the 30-inch Texas Eastern transmission line burst open around 8:15 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, shooting flames ...

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Whoops! Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County overpaid $785K in gas royalties

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County will forfeit $785,000 in revenues generated from Marcellus shale gas royalties that were erroneously paid to the water utility in the past several years. “We were overpaid. The money was for a tract of land that should have been paid to the heirs of a former owner,” authority solicitor Scott Avolio said. The authority ...

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Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald denies poaching Kennametal

Tax incentives Kennametal Inc. got were not meant to lure it to Pittsburgh from Westmoreland County but rather to persuade the tooling and industrial materials supplier to stay in Western Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Monday. Kennametal, founded in Latrobe more than 75 years ago, announced in September that it was moving its headquarters from Westmoreland County to ...

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Environmental watchdog sues world’s largest steelmaker over Pennsylvania pollution

A state environmental watchdog on Thursday sued the world’s largest steel company and operator of a Westmoreland County coke plant, claiming the operation has violated state and federal environmental laws hundreds of times since reopening last year. PennEnvironment filed its 46-page lawsuit against steelmaker ArcelorMittal in U.S. District Court in Downtown Pittsburgh. The nonprofit advocacy group in August announced its ...

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State issues $95,000 penalty against Sunoco Logistics for wastewater spills

Sunoco Logistics is facing a $95,366 civil penalty related to a series of wastewater spills during construction of a portion of the company’s Mariner East pipeline in southwestern Pennsylvania. The civil penalty, outlined in a consent decree issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection on June 12, said the spills occurred between June and November 2014 in Westmoreland, Allegheny ...

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Train derailments: Looking at track defects

On a snowy morning in February 2014, a Norfolk Southern freight train snaked east through rural Westmoreland County with 83 of its cars loaded with crude oil. It was cruising at about 30 mph near Vandergrift when it hit a section of track where the rail was slightly too far apart. The spikes designed to hold the rails in place ...

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Waste handler McCutcheon Enterprises thrives as oil, gas industry shifts

A trip around the sprawling lots and cavernous garage bays at McCutcheon Enterprises Inc.’s hilltop headquarters in Westmoreland County gives the first hint at how many services the family-owned waste management company offers. The rows of equipment include custom-built vacuum trucks, 10,000-gallon square tanks, trailers full of hazmat response gear, huge boxes that can roll off trailers, excavators and even ...

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Westmoreland officials fear loss of impact fees

Westmoreland County commissioners aren’t sure what to expect from Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to enact a severance tax on Marcellus shale gas well drillers. What they do know is that they don’t want the revenues the county and local municipalities have received from impact fees since 2012 to dry up. “The biggest concern I have in Westmoreland County is the ...

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Westmoreland defers to DEP on power plant plan for South Huntingdon

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Opponents of a Nebraska energy company’s plans to build a natural gas-fueled power plant in South Huntingdon will have to wait until after the state holds a public hearing next month before the Westmoreland County commissioners decide whether to hold their own public session on the controversial issue. Cynthia Walter of Hempfield, a scientist and environmental activist, urged the commissioners ...

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Tenaska natural gas-fueled power plant’s foes air concerns to Westmoreland County commissioners

One by one, 17 speakers ticked off reasons why Westmoreland County commissioners should oppose a Nebraska company’s plan to construct a $500 million natural gas-fueled power plant in South Huntingdon. Passionately arguing their case Thursday, opponents said they’re concerned about the plant’s impact on the environment and the overall quality of life in the sedate, rural area just south of ...

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