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DEP to close FirstEnergy’s Little Blue Run impoundment 3 years earlier than expected

little blue run

GREENE TWP. — Little Blue Run, the 1,700-acre impoundment that has served as a disposal site for FirstEnergy Corp.’s Bruce Mansfield coal plant for decades, will close three years earlier than expected. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection submitted the closure plan Thursday to FirstEnergy. The decree requires FirstEnergy to complete all work associated with the site’s closure by Dec. ...

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Sunoco Pipeline plan draws political resistance


An elaborate plan by Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. to transport Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids by pipeline across Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook is running into resistance. The company’s subsidiary, Sunoco Pipeline L.P., last month filed an application with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to sidestep local zoning restrictions to build pump and valve control stations in 31 municipalities crossed by ...

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Weak records cited on Pa. shale pollution

Even when pollution discharges from shale gas well pads and impoundments contaminate private water supplies, those violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported by state environmental regulators, according to documents filed in the Pennsylvania Superior Court case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s oil and gas law, Act 13. According to a 40-page brief, filed with the court in Harrisburg, ...

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Energy companies with variable rates look to refunds to keep customers

power meter

As variable rate electricity bills soared through the frozen roof this bitter winter, companies that sold those rate plans came under scrutiny. In response, some of them are now offering refunds and rebates, and installing rate caps to help their customers — and to keep them from bolting for another electricity supplier. IDT Energy, a subsidiary of Genie Energy Ltd. ...

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Report: Millions of pounds of chemicals released in Virginia

aerial spill

BY RUSTY DENNEN / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Tons of toxic materials are being released by Fredericksburg-area industries, companies and military installations, according to a state report. The Toxics Release Inventory, put out last week by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, includes releases in air, water and on land. The report for 2012–the latest information available–includes information on more than ...

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Marcellus shale supply helps lower costs of natural gas in Western Pennsylvania

natural gas

Adam Smeltz, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Western Pennsylvanians will pay as much as 7 percent less for natural gas this spring than they did a year ago, with robust supply from the Marcellus shale helping to restrain prices, gas utilities reported on Monday. “Despite the very cold winter, natural gas prices have remained at historically low levels. It’s a good result for ...

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EDITORIAL: Shale gas drilling benefits too great to sacrifice

Mike Butler

Left-wing advocacy group MoveOn.org recently launched a new effort to oppose innovations that are propelling states like Pennsylvania toward a new abundance of locally produced energy. Not only is this helping to fuel America’s manufacturing renaissance, but it is also helping to make the United States more competitive in the international energy market, advancing our nation’s energy independence and keeping ...

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Keeping Ohio competitive with other shale states

Ohio Governor John Kasich

Editorial – Salem News Gov. John Kasich’s plan to drill into Ohio’s gas and oil industry for new revenue remains controversial. His budget analysts and those working for the General Assembly differ substantially on how much money could be raised. But whichever estimate is accepted, the amount is enormous. Legislative analysts say the 2.25 percent severance tax the state House ...

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Town passes comprehensive plan, fracking ban

oneonta armory

The town of Oneonta this week adopted a comprehensive plan and an anti-fracking law, officials said Thursday. The Oneonta Town Board continued public hearings Wednesday night on the measures because of a snow storm that hindered attendance at a meeting earlier this month. During the continued hearing, three speakers addressed the comprehensive plan and four spoke about the ban on ...

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