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Magnum Hunter comes up short


A few weeks ago, it was announced that Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. needed to raise $65 million in order to pay back its lenders.  Well, lucky for Magnum Hunter, that payment is no longer needed thanks to a deal made with its lead lender. Magnum Hunter has decided to sell its Eureka Hunter pipeline business and let go of some ...

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Opinion: Behold the use of solar power

A plane that uses only solar power landed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii last Friday after being flown across the Pacific Ocean. The flight was the most dangerous part of the plane’s planned 35,000-kilometer trip around the world. The trip is being made without using any conventional fuel. The name of the plane is Solar Impulse 2. Pilot Andre ...

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Environmental groups hold vigil for Lac-Megantic train explosion victims

PORTLAND, Maine — As church bells rang in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic to mark the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 48 people, climate change activists in Maine held vigils around the state expressing concern about the potential for a future disaster. The state-level arm of international climate change group 350.org and the Sierra Club held ...

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Schweiger is joining the PennFuture’s team


PennFuture has announced that it is hiring Larry J. Schweiger to lead the organization. Before being the head of the environmental advocacy group, the Pittsburgh native was at one time the president and CEO of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which he held for 10 years.  As reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times, “He also held a leadership role at the Chesapeake ...

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Natural gas company considering whether to sell gas from proposed pipeline in Keene

The state’s largest natural gas distributor is weighing a plan to divert gas from a controversial proposed pipeline to serve customers in Keene. Liberty Utilities is negotiating a deal with state regulators to buy space on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and sell natural gas to its customers statewide. It’s also considering building a lateral, or a pipeline of smaller ...

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Airborne lab seeks fracking leaks

MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — The inside of the Twin Otter airplane was turned into a flying laboratory, crammed with racks of computer equipment and an array of suitcase-sized plastic containers. Its mission: to fly over the busy natural-gas drilling operations of northeastern Pennsylvania so a pair of scientists could measure how much of the stuff was leaking into the atmosphere. In ...

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State DEP to use in-house database to collect fracking, well site data

The state Department of Environmental Protection is creating its own electronic database that will record all of the chemicals gas companies use in the hydraulic fracturing process. Since 2012 the state has mandated that companies list the chemicals used in the fracking process and, until now, had used an independent source called FracFocus to run the database. But DEP officials ...

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