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Google and solar panels

Thanks to Google, people all over the U.S., including the Appalachia region, will be able to see if solar power is worth it. On Monday, Google launched its newest and early version of what the company is calling Project Sunroof. While only in the beginning stages, Project Sunroof is currently only available in two California regions and in Boston. However, ...

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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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Local officials give cold shoulder to pipeline cash


PEABODY – Energy company Kinder Morgan is saying it will pay local taxes on a natural gas pipeline proposed to go from Dracut to Peabody, but even that may not soften local opposition to the project. Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley offered a ballpark figure of the value to the Leather City: “Our estimate is $400,000 the first year after ...

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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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PUCO: Not ready for FirstEnergy’s electrical security plan hearing

Next week, the hearings regarding FirstEnergy Corp.’s security plans begin, and sadly, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is not prepared for it. Hearings for the company’s electric security plan case will start at the end of the month to help decide the rates the company can charge customers who rely on a standard power offer. As reported by ...

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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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North Myrtle Beach to consider opposing offshore drilling

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — North Myrtle Beach council members are considering making their community the third on the Grand Strand to take a stand against offshore oil drilling. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that the City Council on Tuesday will consider a resolution to oppose oil exploration in order to protect the beach. Earlier this month, Atlantic Beach ...

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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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Rally in Franklin decries pipeline, compressor plan

FRANKLIN – Jane Couch, who lives about a mile from a proposed compressor station that would be constructed on Franklin Mountain, said she is worried about the toxic pollutants that would be emitted from the natural gas pumping facility. “I have a lung disease and I am downwind from here,” she said Thursday. Jane Hebbard, whose home is also close ...

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