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Idea for gas terminal off East Coast rankles fracking foes

In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, an environmentalist concerned about global warming wears a statement t-shirt at a public hearing in Eatontown, N.J. on a proposed offshore terminal for imports of liquefied natural gas. Liberty Natural Gas wants to build the facility off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. Business and labor groups support the plan, but environmentalists oppose it, saying it is really a plan to facilitate exports of natural gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing, a technique they oppose. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

EATONTOWN, N.J. — All that would peek above the ocean waves off New York and New Jersey would be two small buoys tethered to underwater pipes. But they’re already casting a large shadow, with potential effects on the economy of the New York metropolitan area, the marine environment, and even America’s future as a net importer or exporter of energy. ...

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NY fracking ban seen as having little impact on supply

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s recent decision to ban fracking is hardly seen as a big loss for the nation’s production of natural gas. That’s because scientists say New York’s available reserves of natural gas in the sprawling Marcellus Shale are minuscule compared to what can be extracted in other states such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “Even if the ...

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Alarm failure forces partial shutdown at NY nuclear plant

BUCHANAN, N.Y. — Regulators say the failure of an alarm system that would warn of low levels in a water tank forced workers to begin a shutdown at a reactor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The shutdown was reversed, however, when repairs were made. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday’s cold weather affected a heater at Indian Point ...

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Illinois and hydraulic fracking

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When looking at Illinois in the oil and gas industry, the state mirrors New York in several aspects, but also has one huge difference:  Illinois allows fracking. Yet, with allowing fracking Illinois is facing some consequences: lawsuits. Illinois and New York have common traits when it comes to how each state approached oil and gas shale development.  Both states have ...

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Bitterly cold air stretches from Dakotas to Alabama

Frigid air is blowing across the United States, dropping temperatures in many areas into the single digits and leading weather monitors to issue wind chill advisories and politicians to plead with residents to check on their neighbors. A National Weather Service wind chill advisory for much of the Northeast for Wednesday into Thursday warns of “dangerously cold air” with strong ...

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EDITORIAL: New York’s fearful ban on hydraulic fracking

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The state of New York has ended its six-year-old temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas drilling in shale formations by implementing an outright ban on the practice. It’s a shame for landowners in the Southern Tier of the state who would benefit from royalty revenues, workers who would get good-paying jobs and citizens across the country who ...

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ReEnergy Holdings names new COO

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ReEnergy Holdings LLC, based in Latham, New York, announced that Greg Leahey will be the company’s new chief operating officer (COO). Leahay will be in charge of ReEnergy Holdings’ Fuel and Waste Service Division.  This division manufactures clean fuel that is used to produce renewable energy in the northeast. Before being named as the new COO, Leahey, who founded the ...

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Natural gas prices increase as temperatures drop

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In New York, the price of natural gas rose the most it has in six weeks and many believe it is due to the cold weather that has finally arrived. Prices increased 6.1 percent, the largest one-day increase since November 17.  According the Commodity Weather Group LLC, the government’s midday Global Forecast System projected a powerful cold front in the ...

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Judge: No proof gas well contaminated well water

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal judge has ruled against nine southern New York homeowners who claimed their drinking water was contaminated by a nearby natural gas well drilled by Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp. U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa in Rochester decided the homeowners had failed to prove the silt and methane that befouled their wells was caused by the gas ...

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NY sets hearing dates for natural gas pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York regulators have scheduled three public hearings on state permits for the planned Constitution Pipeline, a 124-mile-long natural gas transmission line from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County. The pipeline is intended to help meet growing natural gas demand in New York and New England. The Department of Environmental Conservation will also take written comments through Jan. 30 ...

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