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State environmental regulators are planning a major expansion of air quality monitoring, which will be focused on Marcellus Shale natural gas infrastructure.

Natural gas infrastructure projects are getting a $12 million boost in a budget bill Governor Tom Wolf has allowed to become law without his signature. The money shifts from the state’s Alternative Energy Investment Act and will be used as grants to hospitals, businesses, schools and local governments to expand access to natural gas.

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Opponents of new pipelines carrying natural gas extracted via hydrofracking have been having a good week. 

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Ahead of a New York State decision on the Constitution Pipeline, supporters rallied in downtown Binghamton on Thursday. The Cuomo Administration is expected to approve or deny water quality permits for the pipeline by the end of next week. Approval would allow the Constitution Pipeline company to take a big step forward in making the project a reality.

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Plans to build a $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline from New York into New England through western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have been suspended. 

Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over LNG Exports

Apr 20, 2016
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The battle over Dominion Energy’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal in Lusby, MD, is now in the hands of a federal appeals court, even as construction on the facility continues.

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 An interfaith group of religious organizations held a rally at the state Capitol Monday, calling on Governor Tom Wolf to halt natural gas development. About 50 people attended the event and asked the governor for what they called a “moral-torium” on unconventional gas development and related infrastructure, such as pipelines.

US Proposes Safety Rules For Natural Gas Pipelines

Mar 21, 2016
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Following a series of explosions and accidents the federal government announced Thursday it would expand safety rules for natural gas pipelines. Regulators cited a 2010 explosion in San Bruno, California that left eight people dead and injured more than 50.

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The Constitution Pipeline Company has changed its planned completion date.

PA Supreme Court Weighs Major Gas Drilling Laws

Mar 10, 2016
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  Decisions on two major gas drilling cases are now in the hands of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Oral arguments were heard Wednesday in Philadelphia. One case includes unresolved issues from the 2013 Supreme Court decision Robinson v. Commonwealth, the controversial and wide ranging environmental ruling that struck down parts of the state’s oil and gas law.

57 Protesters Arrested At Natural Gas Storage Facility

Mar 9, 2016

(WRVO) For the past 17 months, demonstrators periodically have been blocking the entrance to a planned natural gas storage facility on Seneca Lake.  Monday, in the biggest protest yet, police arrested 57 people including writer and climate activist Bill McKibben.

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Federal regulators have approved the Constitution Pipeline’s request to cut Pennsylvania. There's no decision yet on New York. 

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The company behind the Constitution Pipeline wants permission to cut down trees along its route. The project aims to transport Pennsylvania’s natural gas through upstate New York and to eastern markets. It got federal approval in 2014 but still needs New York State to award water quality permits. After that, federal regulators can give it the “all clear.”

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The energy company Kinder Morgan has formally applied to install a pipeline connecting Pennsylvania gas wells with Massachusetts.

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Seeking an end to the state’s three month-old budget stalemate, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf sent the GOP-controlled legislature a revised tax plan that lowers his ‘ask’ on a severance tax for the natural gas industry. But his political rivals say it’ll cost the industry just as much as his old plan, if not more.

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The U.S. has negotiated a trade deal with 11 countries that has environmentalists worried about more liquefied natural gas exports. The Trans-Pacific Partnership looks to remove trade barriers with Asia. And Asia, specifically Japan, is eager for more natural gas from the United States.

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It’s something Tim Kelsey has heard from people in Pennsylvania’s gas fields since the beginning of the Marcellus Shale boom.

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  Environmentalists on Tuesday called on Pennsylvania to act to reduce methane emissions from existing natural gas infrastructure and build on proposed federal standards that would cut emissions of the gas from new and modified plants. Natural gas companies say they already have made strides to cut the emissions and called the new federal proposal unnecessary. READ MORE...

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Federal regulators held a public hearing last night on a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through several upstate New York counties. Energy company Kinder Morgan wants to build the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline to funnel gas from Pennsylvania to the East Coast.

There are four compressor stations proposed for New York State along the pipeline route.

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Ithaca-area Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton is calling for the closure of New York’s coal-fired power plants, including one in her own district. Lifton wrote a recent letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for the closures. The letter was co-signed by 70 legislators.

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As Republican legislative leaders and the natural gas industry unite to beat back Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax proposal, here’s something lawmakers in Harrisburg are not talking about: Companies building new pipelines to grow markets for Pennsylvania’s natural gas don’t have to pay local property taxes on those lines to counties, towns and school districts.

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Governor Wolf made taxing the natural gas industry the centerpiece of his campaign, and if he gets his way, he could move Pennsylvania from having one of the lowest effective gas tax rates in the country to one of the highest.

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Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection is fining a subsidiary of the energy giant Chevron about $1 million.

The fine is for violations relating to a fatal explosion at a natural gas well site early last year.

LNG Plant Planned For Northeast PA

May 18, 2015
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UGI Energy Services is planning to build a $60 million natural gas plant in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Wyoming County plant would take gas from the Marcellus Shale  and cool it down into a liquid known as LNG.

Read more here.

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Several feet below some of Rob Fulper's fields are two pipelines. They were laid during World War II to move crude oil from the Gulf Coast up to the Northeast, decades before these tracts were preserved.

Today, these pipelines move natural gas.

In the summer, when the weather is hot and dry, Fulper said he can see the results of the extra heat the pipelines throw off.

To read more about Fulper and the proposed PennEast pipeline, click here.

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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge says backers of a 124-mile pipeline designed to ferry cheap Marcellus Shale natural gas to New York can build across seven northeastern Pennsylvania properties whose owners had not agreed to it.
U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ruled Tuesday that the Constitution Pipeline had the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that it serves the public interest.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection spent much of Wednesday afternoon defending the new administration’s proposed gas drilling policies at a House budget hearing in Harrisburg.

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AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) - Utility crews have found the source of a gas leak that caused an explosion in downtown Auburn and are making repairs.
New York State Gas and Electric spokesman Clayton Ellis tells the Auburn Citizen that crews have been venting natural gas from the location and plan to finish repairs on Monday.

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The future of the Cayuga coal-fired power plant in Tompkins County remains up-in-the-air, almost three years after plans to close the plant were announced.

The local utility, NYSEG, opposes a proposed conversion to natural gas and wants to invest in their transmission system instead. Either way, the cost will be added to ratepayers’ bills.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to sign an executive order restoring a moratorium on new natural-gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania's state parks and forests.
Wolf's office says he'll sign the order Thursday at Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia.
It will supersede an order former Gov. Tom Corbett signed in May and restore the ban on new drilling leases that former Gov. Ed Rendell implemented in 2010.