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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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Lake Erie Biofuels buys Alabama biodiesel refinery

ERIE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania biodiesel producer is expanding into Alabama. The Erie Times-News reports Lake Erie Biofuels LLC has bought the former Veros Energy biodiesel refinery in Moundsville, Alabama. Lake Erie Biofuels does business as HERO BX and will operate the plant under the name HERO BX Alabama LLC. The Moundville plant has 17 employees who will be retained ...

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Pipeline project causing traffic jams

CONNEAUT — City officials in Conneaut are advising motorists to avoid a section of Route 20 where a natural gas pipeline installation project is causing sizable traffic problems. The month-old project on West Main Road has entered a phase that is causing longer-than-usual tie-ups, City Manager James Hockaday said Wednesday. Three types of work are in play at the same ...

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Ohio’s Utica Shale development grows by $5.7 billion or 20.4 percent since last spring

Ohio’s Utica Shale has seen an additional $5.7 billion in investment or a 20.4 percent increase since last spring, a Columbus law firm says in a new report. The shale industry has invested $33.7 billion in Ohio, according to the report from Bricker & Eckler LLP, which tracks the industry. Ohio’s shale development is growing despite low commodity prices and ...

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Magnolia contracts joint venture to build Lake Charles facility

Houston-based Magnolia LNG has selected joint venture SK Engineering and Construction for its $4.35 billion engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its new liquefied natural gas facility in the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana. According to Kallanish Energy, the contract will account for the engineering, production and construction of: -Engineering and production of four LNG production trains with the ...

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Deal in works on profit guarantees for Ohio plants of AEP, FirstEnergy?

A decision is near in the several-year push by Ohio electricity utilities to obtain profit guarantees for some power plants, leading to fevered speculation about how utility regulators will rule and questions about whether a negotiated settlement is possible. Opponents say this is a bailout for utility companies, money that would be used to prop up unprofitable plants that are ...

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Local activists have protests at Trumbull County oil-and-gas-waste disposal sites

VIENNA — Members of the environmental group Frackfree Mahoning Valley traveled to several Trumbull County locations Tuesday to call attention to the dangers of waste from hydraulic fracturing and disposal of its wastewater. At the Sodom Hutchings Road headquarters of Kleese Development Associates, they railed against environmental damage done when oil field wastes escape from holding tanks and flow into ...

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Fracking moratorium comes closer to fruition

fracking site

SANFORD — A two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as fracking — in Lee County came one step closer to reality Monday evening as the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of it after a heated exchange involving two board members. Following a public hearing, the commissioners voted 5-2 on the first reading of the moratorium, ...

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Plant in Leetsdale blaze blends chemicals for Marcellus shale industry

The oil and gas chemical processor that caught fire Tuesday in Leetsdale was part of a $750 million acquisition by a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Ohio-based Lubrizol Corp. bought the facility in December from Weatherford International to start an oilfield services unit that makes chemical treatments for wells and additives used during drilling and hydraulic fracturing in shale ...

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Value of utility property grows in West Virginia

Assessed value of all property owned by public utilities in the state grew by $530 million to $10.04 billion in the past year, as Marcellus Shale counties continued to see major investments while southern coalfield counties suffered severe losses, according to a report Tuesday to the Board of Public Works. “The Marcellus counties are getting richer, and the southern coal ...

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