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Penn. wind power is helping D.C. with carbon emissions

To help lower its carbon footprint, Washington D.C. is taking power from Pennsylvania in the form of wind. The District of Columbia has cut a deal with the Iberdrola Renewables, a Spanish company, for wind power from Iberdrola’s South Chestnut Wind Power Project located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The power will be generated by the projects 23 wind turbines. According ...

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No noise limits in new regulations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has shared that the new proposed drilling regulations won’t be including a few specific things. The final drafts of the Chapter 78 and 78a drilling regulations, which regulate environmental standards for conventional and unconventional surface drilling for oil and gas well site, have officially been released by the DEP. However, the new draft ...

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Local auction veteran goes global

Sponsored Content The world is shrinking and the gap between the rest of the world and rural America is closing quickly. Gone are the days of gathering around the auction block, physically raising the bid with the signal of a hand or a hearty shout over the strewn together syllables of an auctioneer. One Midwestern family, with years of auction ...

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DEP hosts a public hearing for proposed power plant

Meeting

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will be conducting a public hearing regarding a proposed power plant. The proposed power plant would be located in the Borough of Jessup, Lackawanna County and will be a 1500-megawatt natural gas fired power plant.  The point of the public hearing is to hear testimony regarding the plant’s air quality plan.  ...

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What is going on in the Marcellus?

Marcellus shale

While Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is trying with all hit might to hang on to his proposed budget plan and the state’s economic future in natural gas, it is hard to ignore rumors about natural gas selling for only 60 cents per thousand cubic feet (MCF). According to Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Researcher Director Tom Murphy, there ...

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EIA lowers 2015, 2016 U.S. crude oil production forecasts

NEW YORK – The U.S. government on Tuesday lowered both its 2015 and 2016 U.S. crude oil production forecasts as a 60-percent rout in benchmark prices since last summer weighs on shale output. In its short term energy outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its 2015 U.S. crude oil production growth forecast to 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) from ...

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Midwest now ships more crude than it receives

The Midwest has become a net shipper of crude oil, reports the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Due to increased rail shipments and pipeline reversals, the Midwest region now ships out more crude oil than it receives. Without these rail movements, according to the EIA, the Midwest would still be a net recipient. Beginning in the first few months of 2013, ...

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Can “clean” fracking make the industry environmentally friendly?

Plasma Pulse Technology (PPT), also known as “clean” fracking, uses electrical pulses, aka vibrations, to fracture shale while requiring no water or chemicals. This new technology might serve as the happy medium between citizens’ environmental and safety concerns and oil companies’ needs to reclaim oil from shale. It will hopefully produce fewer earthquakes. As reported by OilPrice.com, “According to Propell, ...

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