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Developers seek more time to build Constitution Pipeline

Constitution pipeline

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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Talen Energy laying off 131 workers at Pennsylvania sites

Talen Energy nuclear power

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — Talen Energy plans to cut 53 jobs at a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant, and dozens of other jobs at other facilities around the state. Company spokesman Todd Martin says the jobs will be cut at the Susquehanna Power Plant in Salem Township, near Berwick. That’s about 80 miles northeast of Harrisburg. Another seven workers who ...

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Feds order Spectra to conduct tests on pipelines after blast

Spectra Energy pipeline explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa (AP) — A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the other lines in Salem Township, Westmoreland County ...

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Activists hold march, rally to protest pipeline ‘tax’

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BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of natural gas pipelines are urging Massachusetts lawmakers to bar utilities from passing on the costs of financing new pipelines to electric customers. Dozens of activists rallied at the Statehouse on Monday, wrapping up a 43-mile, four-day walk through areas where Spectra Energy hopes to build new pipelines. Several camped out overnight in front of the ...

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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

fracking, asthma

CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living ...

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Virginia group says new nuclear plant would be boondoggle

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If Dominion Virginia Power goes ahead with plans to build a $19 billion nuclear plant, it would be one of the biggest ratepayer rip-offs in the history of producing electricity, a consumer group said in comments filed Tuesday. In the comments filed with state regulators, the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council argue that Dominion Virginia Power should ...

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Negotiators aim for sale to keep FitzPatrick nuke plant open

nuclear, energy plan New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Negotiations to save the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant from closure by selling it to the operators of a nearby nuclear plant on Lake Ontario are underway. Exelon said Wednesday it was in discussions to purchase Entergy Corp.’s FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, New York, which employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more ...

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Duke Energy: $1.5M to electric-vehicle sites in lawsuit deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is ready to spend $1.5 million to expand the number of electric-vehicle charging stations around North Carolina as part of a deal settling claims of illicit smokestack pollution. The country’s largest electric company is announcing Tuesday that it will make $1 million available to cities and towns wanting to install public charging stations for ...

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Company renewing request for coke breeze along Detroit River

DETROIT (AP) — A company plans to renew its request to store a coal-based byproduct called coke breeze and other materials along the Detroit River. Waterfront Terminal Holdings on Tuesday is set to go before Detroit’s Board of Zoning Appeals. In its application, the company raised the possibility of petroleum coke, or “pet coke,” which is a byproduct of petroleum ...

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