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State OKs use of gas drilling waste on hunting club road

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MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — State regulators are allowing nearly 4,000 tons of natural gas drilling waste to be used in a road project in north-central Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania reports (http://n.pr/2bVa1fW) the Department of Environmental Protection has approved a plan from waste handler Clean Earth Inc. to use the materials on a road at the Bobst Mountain Hunting Club in Lycoming ...

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Maryland officials: companies to pay penalty for polluting

Potomac River. Photo: Tbarron314  via Wikimedia (CC3).

BALTIMORE (AP) — The owners that operate two power plants in Maryland have agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to resolve allegations over polluting in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers. The Maryland Department of the Environment announced the federal court agreement Monday. The department says NRG Chalk Point and GenOn Mid Atlantic operate the Chalk Point Electric Generating Station ...

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Company says it hasn’t reduced Albany oil shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An oil shipper recently accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of violating air pollution standards says it hasn’t reduced rail shipments to its terminal at the Port of Albany on the Hudson River. The EPA issued a violation notice July 29 to Global Companies LLC, based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The EPA says its calculations show 3.5 ...

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Multiagency grants to help communities hit by coal layoffs

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Communities in states hard-hit by coal layoffs are about to receive nearly $39 million in federal grants aimed at helping people get back to work. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor announced the following grants on Wednesday: ALABAMA Shoals Entrepreneurial Center in Florence: $1 million for an entrepreneurship ...

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Court: Ratepayers can’t be asked to finance natural gas pipelines

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BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts is blocking electric utilities from passing on to ratepayers the costs of building new natural gas pipelines. The Supreme Judicial Court in its unanimous decision on Wednesday said state regulators made a mistake in approving the tariffs and authorizing utilities to sign long-term contracts for natural gas generating capacity. The decision was ...

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Pittsburgh’s Kennametal cutting 1,000 in drilling slowdown

Oil below $40 forces Texas driller into bankruptcy

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh-based Kennametal Inc. says it’s cutting 1,000 jobs over the next 15 months, citing weak demand for the coal-mining and gas-drilling cutting tools it makes. The company announced the cuts to its 12,000-strong workforce on Monday, but didn’t say what facilities will be affected. Kennametal had more than 14,000 employees, including 5,000 in the United States, just ...

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Natural gas conversion company wants to dissolve

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine natural gas company that faced a $250,000 fine this year following a potentially “catastrophic” gas leak is asking the state to dissolve an affiliate. On Friday, Summit Natural Gas of Maine asked the state Public Utilities Commission to dissolve Natural Gas Conversion Company, which launched in 2014 to help Mainers convert home heating systems ...

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Woman files lawsuit over Vermont Gas pipeline hearing

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state’s Public Service Board over an upcoming closed-door hearing regarding the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County. The lawsuit, filed by Lisa Barrett on Friday in Burlington, alleges that the board violated the public’s rights by denying them entry to the Aug. 4 hearing. ...

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Developers seek more time to build Constitution Pipeline

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Constitution Pipeline Company is asking federal regulators for more time to build a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to eastern New York. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a permit for the pipeline in December 2014 on condition of getting a state water quality permit and completing work by December 2016. But New ...

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Vermont Gas pipeline hearing to be live streamed, press ok

The Minnesota Supreme Court has given a victory to opponents of the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Public Service Board says it will live-stream a hearing next month on Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline project and allow members of the press to attend. Earlier this week the board announced that the Aug. 4 hearing wouldn’t take place in front of the public. The hearing is for legal arguments on whether regulators should ...

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