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It startles as H-word is uttered by Collins


Jerry Zremski | The Buffalo News WASHINGTON — In the midst of what might have been the happiest Buffalo Nite in Washington ever, Rep. Chris Collins spoke a hard truth about everyone’s happiness that seemed to some like, well, pouring fracking wastewater in the punch bowl. “The reason the Bills are staying in Buffalo is because of Terry Pegula and ...

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Kansas levies $75,000 fine, shutdown order on oil company


Dion Lefler | Wichita Eagle Saying a Lenexa oil company had reaped more than $1 million on illegal drilling operations, the Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday turned a $100 violation into a $75,000 fine and ordered commission staff to shut down and seal the company’s wells. Since June 2013, Viva International Inc. has been penalized on 87 different violations of ...

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Wake-up call: demand for hotels in Marcellus dropping


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The rapid onset of the U.S. shale boom sent cities nationwide scrambling to respond to sudden, often overwhelming population increases.  In regions like the Bakken, companies are still flocking to meet growing demands for food and housing. At least one state, however, is starting to realize its response was an overextension. Pennsylvania has too ...

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Baytown, TX lightning strike causes oil tank explosion


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An oil tank in Baytown, Texas has exploded after being struck by lightning, Click2Houston.com reports. The incident occurred at Holloman Oil Corp. shortly after 1:00 P.M. Two tanks holding a combined 1,400 barrels of crude oil were destroyed as well as three tanks of wastewater. No injuries have been reported. Clouds of black smoke ...

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Pennsylvania DEP orders Range Resources to pay $4 million fine


Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Range Resources will pay penalties totaling $4.15 million to settle violations related to six Marcellus Shale gas drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in Washington County that caused soil and groundwater contamination. It’s the largest fine ever imposed against a Marcellus Shale gas drilling company, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The consent order ...

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Cyprus official: Egypt, Jordan interested in gas


NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ energy minister says Egypt and Jordan are interested in buying natural gas from the Mediterranean island nation to meet their domestic needs. Cyprus’ priority is to build an onshore facility to liquefy gas for export to Europe and elsewhere, but Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said Thursday that Jordan and Egypt also are potential customers. The ...

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Pipeline sparks concern


Rochelle Moore | Wilson Daily Times Marvin Winstead believes the official announcement of the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline missed the mark and left hundreds of landowners out of the picture. Winstead, a Nash County landowner near Taylor’s Crossroads, has had many unsettling days and nights since he learned that Dominion Resources wants to lay a 36-inch natural gas pipeline through ...

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Large York County solar projects under way


Casey Conley | Foster’s Daily Democrat SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Two of the largest solar energy projects in Southern Maine got under way this month in South Berwick and York. The 38kW system at the South Berwick Public Library consists of 144 roof-mounted solar panels. The 28kW system atop the York Beach fire station includes 104 solar panels. Depending on ...

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Pennsylvania legislators debate energy measures


Laura Legere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette HARRISBURG — With only weeks left in the current legislative session, the majority and minority chairs of the state Senate and House environmental resources and energy committees were more certain Wednesday about which bills they hope will pass the General Assembly this year than the ones they actually expect to pass. “Everybody thinks their bills ...

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Atlantic Coast pipeline could bring $2.7 billion to route states

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project could have an economic impact as high as $2.7 billion for the states along its route, an economic analysis has concluded. Chmura Economics & Analytics of Richmond estimated the pipeline would bring an annual $456.3 million in direct, indirect and induced economic impacts to Virginia, North Carolina and ...

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