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Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

MEDULIN, Croatia — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts. With Croatia announcing it will allow oil drilling in the Adriatic sea, the 60-year-old German businessman is having second thoughts about his loyalty to this Mediterranean tourist haven known for glorious sunsets over ...

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Middlesex board upholds legality of zoning ordinance to allow gas well drilling

An attorney for two environmental groups and four Middlesex residents vowed to appeal a decision Wednesday by the township’s zoning board to uphold the municipality’s zoning ordinance and a drilling permit for a controversial gas well. “It’s the first inning,” said Jordan Yeager, representing environmental groups the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Clean Air Council and four township residents. The ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

Permit activity in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw a lot of action over the last week, along with the shale’s healthy registry, which is seeing even more push from health advocates. The process of finding a way to better monitor health complaints related to natural gas development is still ongoing, but health advocates are starting to push the ...

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Utica and Marcellus well activity in Ohio

Activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to last week’s well activity update, and so has one company’s plans in the Utica Shale formation. Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. has decide to sell 5,210 acres of undeveloped land in the Utica Shale formation.  The land, which is worth about $41 million, is located ...

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JobsOhio offered huge incentives for ethane cracker plant

According to PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd., Ohio offered the Thai company an incentive package that was too good to say “no” to when it came to deciding the location for its ethane cracker plant. The $5.7 billion plant will be located in Belmont County, Ohio, thanks to JobsOhio’s “aggressive incentive package.”  The state’s private job-creation entity offered job-creation ...

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Editorial: Erie wisely welcomes energy entrepreneur

There is a positive sense of deja vu with the news that an energy company will relocate its headquarters to an Erie mansion. As Ed Palattella reported in his May 18 story, “Historic move,” EmKey Industries will move 20 to 25 employees from its Millcreek Township offices into a Greek Revival building at 558 W. Sixth St. in August. This ...

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Shale gas industry brings gas tax debate to TV screens

The great debate between the shale gas industry and Governor Tom Wolf regarding Wolf’s proposed gas tax is still going strong, but the industry has taken things to a new level and is reaching people through their television screens. As reported by State Impact Pennsylvania, “The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, which leads a coalition of groups opposing the ...

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Winds of change blow toward county board

Otsego County’s staunchest supporter of natural gas drilling, County Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, confirmed Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the District 2 seat he has held for 16 years. A dairy farmer and a political maverick, Powers said he will serve the rest of his current term, then devote more time to agriculture. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of ...

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Rockland residents raise environmental concerns at natural gas forum

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ROCKLAND, Maine – An application for a natural-gas fired power plant will not be filed until late fall or early summer but not until a series of public informational meeting are held, according to City Councilor Larry Pritchett. Pritchett moderated a meeting Tuesday night at City Hall in which Energy Management Inc. spokesman Evan Coleman sat in front of the ...

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