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Multiple ways to save energy dollars this season

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With winter weather straight ahead, and as the dollar becomes tighter, ways to save energy around the house become more important. There are several ways to save energy, and thus dollars, around the home. PPL spokesman Kurt Blumenau said a homeowner has to customize their energy-saving efforts. “Every home is different, and the level of energy savings can vary significantly ...

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Pennsylvania panel to examine drilling impacts on poor communities

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Pennsylvania’s Office of Environmental Justice, all but moribund during the administration of then-Gov. Tom Corbett, gets new life this week with the appointment of a director and a mandate to review, for the first time, shale gas facilities that could increase the health and environmental risks in poor and minority communities. Whether those expanded reviews will reduce those risks in ...

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UMH Properties acquires Middletown, OH community

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New property acquisition adds quality, affordable housing for Ohio residents UMH Properties (NYSE:UMH) has acquired several new communities in Ohio and Michigan with new properties now available for rent or purchase. UMH’s newest community, Catalina, is located in Middeltown, Ohio, midway between Dayton and Cincinnati. The acquired property offers a pool, playground and safety patrol, focusing on the company’s dedication ...

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As more Yorkers convert to natural gas, heating oil prices drop

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Single mother Carrie Moul moved into her Spring Garden Township home with her 7-year-old son about 2-1/2 years ago and almost immediately noticed problems with her boiler, which ran exclusively on heating oil. Taking up about half of her basement, the “clunky” boiler was supplemented by a nearby water heater, she said. “I thought it was ridiculous that I was ...

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Pilgrim nuclear plant’s closing could bump up NH utility bills

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The closing of a Massachusetts nuclear plant by 2019 could mean higher energy prices for New Hampshire electricity users and could boost efforts for building the controversial Northern Pass hydro project. “New Hampshire will certainly be impacted by the early closing of Pilgrim as will every other New England state,” Eversource’s Martin Murray said Tuesday. That’s because energy produced by ...

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Crews work Monday to fix water main breaks in Scranton

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A pump buzzed steadily and spit water from a hole in the road on the 1700 block of Dorothy Street on Monday morning as a crew of four men, one laboring with a shovel in the about-8-feet- deep hole, worked to fix a water main break. The break was one of seven reported in Scranton from Sunday into Monday. A ...

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New study links active gas wells to pregnancy complications, preterm birth

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Women who live near active natural gas wells in Pennsylvania are more likely to experience pregnancy complications, according to a study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study evaluated data from Geisinger Health System, a healthcare network present in 40 counties. Researchers studied records of 9,384 mothers who gave birth to 10,946 children from 2009 to 2013. ...

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Williston weighs permanent ban on metal buildings downtown

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WILLISTON, N.D. — City leaders are hoping to improve the appearance of the downtown Williston by making permanent a temporary moratorium on metal buildings downtown. However, some commissioners in the oil patch hub worry the move will add to the expense of building downtown and discourage new projects. The proposal recommended by the city’s planning and zoning commission would ban ...

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Sewer discharge investigation still ongoing

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Two weeks after a discharge of chemicals into a sewer line disrupted neighborhoods in Scranton and Dunmore, a state investigation continues with no end in sight. The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the leachate pretreatment plant at Keystone Sanitary Landfill, DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said. Ms. Connolly said she had no information indicating that DEP this week visited ...

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