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Clearing the air on Invenergy power plant emissions

With Chicago firm Invenergy’s proposed 1,500-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant looming over Jessup, both sides have made strong claims about the plant’s air emissions. Invenergy’s representatives and air-quality permit application say the plant will only nudge the region’s air pollution levels imperceptibly higher. The company’s recent advertisements claim the plant will even result in “healthier, cleaner air” by replacing coal-fired ...

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Study finds simple remedies for some methane emissions

Oil and gas production sites have been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency as the largest source of methane emissions—greenhouse gases—in America. A recent study led by Colorado State University aims to find solutions that would reduce emissions from natural gas gathering facilities and processing plants throughout the country, The Coloradoan reports. The study, conducted with Carnegie Mellon University and ...

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Cleaner air tops Allegheny County Board of Health nominee’s priorities

Caroline Mitchell remembers growing up in Pittsburgh and keeping the windows closed. Otherwise, the bottom of the curtains would turn black from dirty air. “We are so much better than we were, but we still have issues,” she said of the county’s air quality. Mitchell, a retired lawyer, Carnegie Mellon University chemical engineering lecturer and licensed EMT, could tackle air ...

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Crowdsourcing the shale

Oil and gas companies may have the money to pay research analysts for quality data, but public interests have the numbers on their side. Several crowdsourcing efforts have sprung up to generate, hone or analyze data about shale gas development in Pennsylvania, and they all rely on volunteers to contribute time and knowledge. As more people participate, the information, whether ...

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CMU, Fractracker teaming up to monitor crude oil trains through region

Trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil from Midwestern shale oil fields pass through the region daily and at speeds approaching the limit established to reduce derailment risks, according to a pilot study by Fractracker Alliance and Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab. The study counted 360 tanker cars bearing the Department of Transportation “1075” and “1267” flammable oil and ...

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Chevron to invest in training future workforce

Chevron Corp. is planning to invest $20 million in the tri-state region for workforce development and science, technology and math education, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. The project, named the Appalachia Partnership Institute, is a collaboration between Chevron, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Rand Corp. The project will involve 27 counties across Ohio, ...

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Study: Pennsylvania struggles to conserve energy

As good as Pennsylvania has become at producing energy, the state is pretty good at using it, too, according to a new study. The Keystone State ranks 39th in the country in energy efficiency, according to an analysis released Tuesday by WalletHub.com, a personal finance social website. Most neighboring states fared better: Ohio ranked 23rd, Maryland finished 25th, New York ...

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Gas pipeline issues challenge for producers, users


David Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Ten years ago, developers were building terminals to import liquefied natural gas, experts predicted production increases of less than 1 percent annually, and insufficient pipelines into New England during the cold winter sent prices soaring. A decade into the “shale gas revolution,” the pipeline issues remain as surging production makes distribution a challenge. “We have ...

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