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Invenergy considering design change for Jessup power plant

JESSUP — Power plant developer Invenergy is considering a design change that would offer more flexibility in running its proposed power plant, but the change would bring slightly higher noise levels. The Chicago-based firm is considering changing its plans to use three steam turbines — one with every natural-gas-fired turbine — instead of a single, larger steam turbine. The possible ...

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Energy Fair heats up

Environmentalism is deeply encoded in the DNA of Massachusetts. This is, after all, the state that gave the world Henry David Thoreau and “Walden.” Back in 1848, when Thoreau spoke at the Gloucester Lyceum, his uncompromising views on earthly stewardship encountered push-back from local business leaders, enthralled as they were back then with the rapid rise of America’s industrial economy. ...

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Shale gas industry flourishes in W.Va.’s Marshall County

Signs of a developing shale gas economy abound in Marshall County, W.Va. They dot the Ohio River south of Moundsville along state Route 2, where glistening fractionation towers rise above gas processing plants, powered by new electric substations across the highway. They fill parking lots with pickups, some with the out-of-state license plates of “pipeliners” who leaders hope will become ...

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Without Keystone, industry must find new paths for oil

TORONTO — Following the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil industry faces the tricky task of making sure the crude oil targeted for the pipeline still gets where it needs to go. The pipeline, first proposed by TransCanada Corp. in 2008, was projected to carry 800,000 barrels a day of crude from Canada and North Dakota ...

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Senate repeal falls short, EPA clean water survives

The Senate Tuesday fell short of advancing legislation to repeal proposed environmental regulations aimed at bringing more waterways and wetlands under federal protection, handing the Obama administration a victory on rules that have faced a number of legal and political setbacks since being introduced this summer. With 57 senators — all the GOP and four Democrats — voting to repeal ...

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Casey asks oil trains to slow down in Pennsylvania cities

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania senator is asking two freight railroad companies to reduce the speed of trains carrying flammable crude oil. Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wants CSX and Norfolk Southern to reduce speeds to 35 mph for oil trains traveling through major urban areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. His letter to the railroads Wednesday called it a common sense ...

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Lord Corp. to lay off 20 in Erie and Crawford counties

Lord Corp. will lay off 20 employees among its three plants in Erie and Crawford counties, while another 72 local employees will take voluntary retirement as part of a restructuring plan that will cut about 270 positions worldwide. The combination of layoffs and retirements means that 92 jobs will be cut in Erie and Crawford counties, where the company employs ...

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