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Judge rules Md. must release crude oil shipment information

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that the information railroads submit to the state about the volume and frequency of their crude oil shipments is public. The decision Friday rejects efforts by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway, the two major eastern railroads, to block the Maryland Department of the Environment from releasing the information, which includes rail ...

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West Virginia coal mining complexes are on the market

Patriot Coal has shared its plans to sell its West Virginia mining complexes. The company, which is currently in the middle of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, announced its plans ”to file the purchase agreement with ERP Compliant Fuels LLC, a subsidiary of Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund Inc.,” which is a nonprofit organization, in federal bankruptcy court, reports the Pittsburgh ...

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Still another SC government opposing offshore drilling

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Still another coastal community in South Carolina has gone on record against offshore seismic testing and drilling for fossil fuels. Local media outlets report that North Myrtle Beach City Council voted 6-0 Monday to oppose offshore drilling. The advocacy group Oceana says 21 communities in South Carolina, including Charleston, Columbia and Myrtle Beach, have now ...

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Fracking company reaches tentative settlement on overtime lawsuit


A Canadian fracking company has agreed to pay $6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming it underpaid its U.S. workers when they worked overtime, according to federal court documents. The settlement would cover an estimated 1,039 people who worked for Calfrac Well Services Ltd. of Alberta, Canada, in Pennsylvania as well as Arkansas, Colorado, and North Dakota. U.S. District ...

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The Utica is getting a billion dollar pipeline system

When it comes to infrastructure and acquisitions, the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in the northeast seem to take the cake, and now two huge operators in the Utica are adding to the region’s long list of pipeline systems. MarkWest Energy Partners LP and Marathon Petroleum Corp., which recently shared they will be merging, are building a gathering system together ...

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In Northeast Pa., gas and power march together

Eight years ago, Jim Adams closely followed plans to upgrade liquefied natural gas terminals, searching for a source of imported gas that would fuel his company’s power plants. “Was it coming from Nigeria? Where was it going to come from?” he said. “Then the world changed.” Enormous gas production driven by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale ...

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