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Andover residents dig in against pipeline

ANDOVER — The anti-pipeline crowd at the Yachnin family’s home was warmed by more than the hardwood logs burning in the fireplace when David Yachnin announced the state Attorney General’s comments from earlier in the day. AG Maura Healey, citing an energy study her office commissioned last summer and released Wednesday said Massachusetts doesn’t need natural gas pipelines to meet ...

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Pennsylvania safety seminar puts focus on Bakken crude

Emergency responders from four counties gathered in Hempfield on Saturday to learn how to better respond to rail incidents, particularly those involving Bakken crude oil. The highly flammable crude is transported from the Bakken Formation, an area encompassing parts of Canada, Montana and North Dakota, to oil refineries, some of which are on the East Coast. There’s been an increase ...

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Judge upholds Pennsylvania township’s pro-drilling ordinance

Marcellus shale gas-drilling site along PA Route 87, Lycoming County. (Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr)

VALENCIA, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania judge has upheld a township’s gas drilling ordinance over the objections of some residents and environmental activists. The Middlesex Township zoning hearing board originally upheld the ordinance allowing drilling in much of the mostly rural community about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. The residents, the Delaware Riverkeeper network and the Clean Air Council appealed ...

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Group wants ‘bomb trains’ rerouted around Limerick plant

Montgomery County, Pa. A Tri-County environmental advocacy group has asked federal, state and local officials to reroute railroad tracks that carry crude oil near the Limerick Nuclear Generating station to prevent a disaster in a derailment. Norfolk Southern and Limerick officials counter that there are safety features in place to respond to fires and other derailment hazards. Alliance for a ...

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Fliers’ request taken into consideration in $10M renovation at Pittsburgh International Airport

After grabbing their tickets, passing through security and heading up the escalators at Pittsburgh International Airport, travelers are greeted by a new $4 million pastel and steel-colored terrazzo floor at the center of the Airside Terminal. This is the landing for weary, busy or nervous passengers — and it’s also one of the main areas of focus for airport officials ...

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Foes challenge proposed fracking in national forest in Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio — Opponents are pushing back as a federal agency again considers requests to open Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio to oil and gas drilling. The Buckeye Forest Council, Sierra Club, Athens County Fracking Action Networks and other advocacy groups have called for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to conduct a “full-scale environmental report” before allowing drilling ...

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After attacks, a spike in gun-permit requests


By lunchtime Wednesday, in the middle of what has been a hectic week at the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, 20 people already had shown up to seek gun permits. That followed 39 applicants for permits or renewals on Tuesday, and 46 on Monday — at least double the daily average from last month. According to Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the ...

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Company wants to draw water from Ohio River for fracking

FREEDOM — A hydraulic fracturing company wants to cut down on the number of trucks transporting water for its fracking operations by drawing water from the Ohio River. Shale development company PennEnergy Resources LLC, based in Findlay Township, received approval last month from Freedom Council to construct one or more water pipelines through the borough. That would allow the company ...

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