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Second crude oil train safety check finds minor problems

rail yard

ALBANY — Three Capital Region rail yards were the latest targets in an ongoing “inspection blitz” touted Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that aims to reduce risks of potential derailments and explosions of massive crude oil trains that are passing through the state. State and federal inspectors hit the sprawling West Albany yard, just south of Interstate 90; the Kenwood ...

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Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy shareholders called on the company’s board on Thursday to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge. A letter sent to Duke’s board of directors by a coalition of more than 20 large institutional investors says their confidence ...

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W.Va. gas industry ‘an awakening giant’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Antero Resources announced Wednesday that it will supply nearly half of the ethane needed to support the proposed petrochemical complex in Wood County known as project Ascent — Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise. Company President Paul Rady told a crowd of about 70 people at the Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference going on Wednesday and today at the Charleston ...

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Residents urge council to revise drilling regulations


A group of Murrysville residents want local officials to reconsider how and where Marcellus shale drilling can occur before the industry sets up shop in the municipality. Members of the Citizens for the Preservation of Rural Murrysville asked council last week to postpone any decisions about drilling — including whether to solicit offers to drill under Murrysville Community Park — ...

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Pennsylvania Poised to Open State Parks for Drilling Operations

Tiadaghton State Forest

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced in 2010 that the state needed to stop leasing additional forest land or it would inflict significant damage to the local ecosystem. It issued a report stating that any additional expansion of fracking in the region would have long-term repercussions on the health and productivity ...

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CFPUA – Area drinking water unaffected by coal ash spill

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Complications from Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill and related wastewater dumping continue, but local drinking water supplies remain unaffected and are unlikely to be threatened, even if a similar spill were to occur closer to Wilmington, according to officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. “Several factors are in our favor — location, distance and preparedness,” said Mike ...

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Agencies ask FERC to extend pipeline review


State and federal environmental agencies are urging government regulators to extend the public comment period on a bulky report analyzing how the Constitution Pipeline would impact the land and streams it would cross. The additional time to weigh in on the controversial natural gas transmission line is being sought by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Department of the ...

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