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Six New England senators call for investigation into natural gas prices


Six New England senators, including New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, have called on federal regulators to investigate this winter’s high natural gas prices to ensure that markets functioned properly and that prices were not increased by speculation or manipulation. In a letter sent Tuesday night to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Shaheen joined senators Ed Markey (D-Mass), Jack Reed ...

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W.Va. gas industry ‘an awakening giant’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Antero Resources announced Wednesday that it will supply nearly half of the ethane needed to support the proposed petrochemical complex in Wood County known as project Ascent — Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise. Company President Paul Rady told a crowd of about 70 people at the Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference going on Wednesday and today at the Charleston ...

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Residents urge council to revise drilling regulations


A group of Murrysville residents want local officials to reconsider how and where Marcellus shale drilling can occur before the industry sets up shop in the municipality. Members of the Citizens for the Preservation of Rural Murrysville asked council last week to postpone any decisions about drilling — including whether to solicit offers to drill under Murrysville Community Park — ...

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CFPUA – Area drinking water unaffected by coal ash spill

coal ash

Complications from Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill and related wastewater dumping continue, but local drinking water supplies remain unaffected and are unlikely to be threatened, even if a similar spill were to occur closer to Wilmington, according to officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. “Several factors are in our favor — location, distance and preparedness,” said Mike ...

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Nuclear safety official: WIPP accidents were ‘near misses’


CARLSBAD — The recent truck fire and radiation release from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, located 26 miles east of Carlsbad, were “near misses” at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies, the head of an independent oversight agency said. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Chairman Peter Winokur also said the Feb. 5 underground truck fire ...

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Duke Energy to take ‘fact-based approach’ to ash ponds

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good

Duke Energy says outside engineers will finish assessing its coal ash ponds, following a February spill into the Dan River, by May 31. In a statement Wednesday that largely repeats what CEO Lynn Good wrote Gov. Pat McCrory on March 12, Duke said it will take a “disciplined, fact-based approach to evaluating long-term solutions for ash basins.” Duke has said ...

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Agencies ask FERC to extend pipeline review


State and federal environmental agencies are urging government regulators to extend the public comment period on a bulky report analyzing how the Constitution Pipeline would impact the land and streams it would cross. The additional time to weigh in on the controversial natural gas transmission line is being sought by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Department of the ...

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Engineers examining concrete from Davis-Besse

Davis–Besse Nuclear Power Station

PORT CLINTON — With less than a month to go for area residents to weigh in on FirstEnergy Corp.’s application to extend Davis-Besse’s operating license by 20 years, nuclear engineers are scrutinizing concrete samples from the plant’s shield building to see if the structure is still strong enough to protect the reactor from exterior threats. Some tiny, previously unseen cracks ...

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Except for fracking tax, Kasich plan moves slowly in legislature

Ohio Governor John Kasich

The Ohio House may soon take action on a new severance tax on shale fracking, but other portions of Gov. John Kasich’s tax package could remain in limbo for months. House Republicans plan to introduce another revised fracking tax plan next week, separate from the rest of Kasich’s tax package. “I think we’re getting fairly close to where we’ve got ...

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