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Editorial: Governor should not try to tilt LNG process

Opponents of the proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline are calling on Gov. Kate Brown to actively oppose the project, but the governor has limited power to affect the outcome. Suggestions that she should pressure state agencies to kill the project are essentially calling on her to put her thumb on the scales of a regulatory process. That ...

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Let’s develop Leviathan and Aphrodite together

Cyprus is interested in developing the Aphrodite gas field together with the Leviathan gas field but cannot wait for Israel, if the delays continue, Cypriot Minister of Energy, Commerce, and Tourism Georgios Lakkotrypis told “Globes” in an exclusive interview. Lakkotrypis revealed that next month there will be a decision on whether the Aphrodite field extends under Israel’s economic waters and ...

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OPEC has stalled the shale revolution: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – The resilience of U.S. shale producers has surpassed all expectations as they have wrung extra efficiencies out of their operations and pulled rigs back to the most prolific sections of existing plays. The shale sector’s ability to cut costs and sustain their output in the ...

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Editorial: For Pa. Commonwealth Court: Elect Michael Wojcik

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Voters will choose between two Pittsburgh-area lawyers to fill one Commonwealth Court seat in next month’s election. They should choose Democrat Michael Wojcik over Republican Paul Lalley. Mr. Wojcik, of Fox Chapel, has practiced privately in Virginia and Pennsylvania. His public-sector service began in 2000 as solicitor for then-Allegheny County Controller Dan Onorato, followed by eight years as county solicitor ...

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Energy Spotlight: Joe Horvath

Joe Horvath caught the energy bug eight years ago while handling public relations for a utility that was trying to build a coal-fired power plant in Virginia. “I got a pretty good dose of what the issues were and what the landscape was,” he said of the project that ended up being canceled. “At that time, though, people were saying, ...

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Editorial: Expand pact to include fair taxation

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia wisely agreed last week to cooperate in many ways to make the most of the Marcellus and Utica shales gas development. But the agreement signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio does not address taxation, a major issue across the gas field. The compact pledges ...

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Editorial: We know the drill: Plan for worst

New cases of common sense never cease to surprise us. Still, despite the shock at the agreement reached Tuesday at the Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, no one should be in awe, yet. The shared action plan we refer to — signed by Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — provides for cooperation, rather than competition, among these states to attract ...

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Editorial: Don’t cry for them (oil refineries)

Oil refiners have their britches in a twist over new regulations designed to curb their toxic air emissions. Crocodile tears. The oil industry has reaped record profits in recent years, while for decades refineries have foisted polluting toxic substances on the neighborhoods where some of America’s poorest citizens live. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for refiners to install ...

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Editorial: Pope’s vision as state policy

Critics of Pope Francis’ view that humanity has an obligation to protect the planet can’t seem to get their heads around the notion that there is a moral dimension to environmental stewardship. They lament that Pope Francis is not a scientist, but he does not need to be a scientist to pose environmentalism as a moral prerogative. The quest for ...

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Editorial: Of course, oil demonized Tesla

We understand the fundamental imperative of the oil industry and gasoline- and diesel-powered automakers. Money and market share are powerful motivators. In the recent assault on legislation to cut petroleum use by half, an oil industry front called California Drivers Alliance homed in on an especially rich and easy target: Tesla, the high-performance, high-cost cars that are largely California-made. “If ...

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