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State OKs use of gas drilling waste on hunting club road

drill cuttings, road

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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Gas leak prompts evacuation order in central Pennsylvania

natural gas

NEW OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A gas leak has prompted an evacuation order for parts of one central Pennsylvania community. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency issued the order Thursday evening for residents within a half-mile of the reported leak in Hamilton Township in Adams County. Officials say the leak was caused when the driver of a truck backed up and ...

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Crews restoring power after storms roar across Pennsylvania

power lines, storm, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Utility crews are busy restoring electricity after a wave of thunderstorms roared across Pennsylvania. Utilities across the state reported more than 10,000 customers lost power, most of those in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties. By mid-morning Wednesday, Duquesne Light Co. and West Penn Power were reporting about 3,000 customers still without power. Strong winds downed trees and ...

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Feds, Pennsylvania settle Consol Energy water pollution suit

water pollution, stream

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Consol Energy has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a claim that its Bailey coal mining complex in southwestern Pennsylvania repeatedly polluted nearby streams beyond what’s permitted under federal and state law. The Justice Department filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. As part of ...

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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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Thousands of pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit streets

Democratic National Convention, fossil fuels

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia’s sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave. Throngs of Bernie Sanders supporters marched down a main thoroughfare to show their support of him and disdain for Hillary Clinton ahead of the ...

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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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Philadelphia airport workers vote to strike during DNC

airport strike

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Workers at Philadelphia International Airport have voted overwhelmingly to walk off the job during the Democratic National Convention later this month. The union that’s trying to organize baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and other workers says the 461-5 vote took place Tuesday night out of 500 on shift participating. About 1,000 employees work for subcontractors hired by airlines. ...

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Trains sidelined over cracks, Philly commuters crowd aboard

Silverliner rail cars

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rail commuters were forced to cope with delayed, packed and fewer trains Tuesday after the region’s main transit agency sidelined one-third of its railroad cars over a structural problem. To adjust to the reduced service, many commuters set their alarm clocks up to an hour earlier so they could still make it to work on time. Others ...

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Budget makers eye revival of natural gas gross receipts tax

Pennsylvania budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Budget makers in an 11th-hour search for cash to support a deficit-strapped budget are considering reinstating a gross receipts tax on natural gas sales in Pennsylvania, senators said Thursday. The idea is one of several that have been brought up in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and House and Senate Republican majority leaders have ...

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