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Marcellus shale gas-drilling site along PA Route 87, Lycoming County. (Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr)

Top 5 Marcellus news stories – May 6-13

Check out the list below to see what news articles Marcellus.com readers found the most engaging this week. Enjoy!

5. Senate approves $37.5B measure to fund energy, water

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United States Capitol Building. Image: Rob Crawley via Flickr.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday approved a $37.5 billion measure to fund energy and water programs next year, the first of the 12 spending bills lawmakers must approve to keep the government operating.

On a vote of 90-8, senators backed the legislation that would fund the Energy Department as well as infrastructure projects administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. Spending on energy and water programs beginning Oct. 1 would increase by $355 million over current levels.

To read more about the Senate’s energy and water funding measure, click here.

4. US attorney: 2 Belarusians stole $1.35M from drilling company

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal authorities in Pittsburgh say two men have been charged by authorities in Belarus with receiving $1.35 million stolen in a phishing scheme from the bank account of a Pennsylvania oil and gas drilling company.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton says 34-year-old Aleskey Yaroshevich and 41-year-old Egor Pavlenko are in police custody in their hometown of Minsk.

To read more about the phishing scheme, click here.

3. General Electric closing Pennsylvania plant with 380 workers

The General Electric logo. (Image: Matthew Breadley via Flickr)

The General Electric logo. (Image: Matthew Breadley via Flickr)

BLAWNOX, Pa. (AP) — General Electric is closing a Pittsburgh-area plant that makes solar power equipment and says 250 of 380 workers there will lose their jobs.

GE plans to close the plant in Blawnox by year’s end, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported Tuesday.

Severance packages and other benefits, including help finding new jobs, will be spelled out in the next week, said Tim Waldee, GE’s site leader at the plant.

To read more about the General Electric layoffs, click here.

2. Possibly flawed welds cited in Pennsylvania pipeline blast

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Investigators say they’ve found evidence of corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that exploded in western Pennsylvania last week, damaging homes and burning a resident.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the cause of the blast remains unknown, but the corrosion indicates a “possible flaw” in the coating material applied to welded joints.

To read more about the pipeline explosion investigation, click here.

1. Ohio nuclear plant restarts after refueling shutdown

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Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio nuclear plant has returned to service after a biennial shutdown for refueling and maintenance.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station that sits along Lake Erie in northern Ohio is owned by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., a subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp.

FirstEnergy says the plant returned to service Monday night after a shutdown that began March 26. The company said the 908-megawatt plant is expected to reach full power in the next week.

To read more about the nuclear plant restart, click here.

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