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Albany mayor: DEC off on oil

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Brian Nearing | Albany Times Union ALBANY — Mayor Kathy Sheehan sharply rebuked the state Department of Environmental Conservation over its review of a planned oil terminal expansion at the Port of Albany, claiming the state agency has illegally approved a surge in oil shipments piecemeal, rather than taking an overall perspective. In a letter to DEC last month, the ...

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Planned helicopter mission will find lost Pa. wells


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An upcoming helicopter search mission will seek to find abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, the Bradford Era reports. The operation, which will be conducted by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, will measure magnetic fields to detect steel casings of wells whose whereabouts have been lost. The state Department ...

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Ohio’s Utica shale hits 1,000 well mark


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Ohio’s Utica shale has passed the 1,000 well milestone as of Saturday. The state Department of Natural Resources revealed today that Ohio has 1,004 natural gas wells listed as drilling, drilled or producing, reports the Canton Rep. Carroll County has the highest concentration of wells at 363, with 240 of those currently producing. In ...

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Canada offers more avenues for overseas LNG exports


Michael Sanserino | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Though Dominion Resources’ Cove Point LNG project on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay is the only liquefied natural gas export project planned on the U.S. east coast, a handful of Canadian projects hold great potential for Marcellus Shale gas. Five LNG export projects — all in varying stages of development — are being planned ...

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Fed clears hydro line


Eric Anderson | Albany Times Union ALBANY — The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final environmental impact statement allowing the $2.2 billion project to construct an underground and underwater, 333-mile power line from Quebec to New York City to move forward. The Champlain Hudson Power Express, as the project is called, is being developed by Albany-based Transmission Developers ...

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Pennsylvania DEP gets 2nd dour report on gas well oversight


Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The issuance last week of a second report detailing myriad shortcomings in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s oversight and enforcement of Marcellus Shale gas development might have the agency feeling like a pinata after a party. The latest report, which Earthworks, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization, released Thursday, reviewed and analyzed DEP Marcellus Shale ...

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Republican state senator revives Pa. extraction tax talk


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Pennsylvania’s state senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson has reintroduced the concept of a natural gas extraction tax as part of his platform for a reelection bid, StateImpact reports. His plan would see all revenue generated by the tax used to reduce the state’s unfunded public pension costs, which stand at almost $50 billion. Extraction taxes, ...

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National Fuel Gas profits climb 10 percent


David Robinson | The Buffalo News Higher earnings from its pipeline and gathering systems that transport natural gas helped National Fuel Gas increase its third-quarter profits by 10 percent, the Amherst-based energy company said. The earnings matched analyst forecasts, and National Fuel revised its profit forecast for the current fiscal year to the lower end of its previously issued guidance. ...

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