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Massachusetts residents dig in against pipeline

ANDOVER — The anti-pipeline crowd at the Yachnin family’s home was warmed by more than the hardwood logs burning in the fireplace when David Yachnin announced the state Attorney General’s comments from earlier in the day. AG Maura Healey, citing an energy study her office commissioned last summer and released Wednesday said Massachusetts doesn’t need natural gas pipelines to meet ...

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Gas route fuels concern for landowners in pipeline’s path

BUCKHORN — Linda Quodomine fights back tears and shakes off a tremble in her voice as she tells of how a massive natural gas pipeline threatens to shutter her horse veterinary practice in Buckhorn, the culmination of her life’s work. Should the 183-mile Central Penn extension be laid as planned by the Williams energy company, it will temporarily cut off ...

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Public meeting attended on WNF fracking

A controversial issue was the topic of a public meeting Thursday evening in the Bowman Auditorium at Ohio University Southern. The Bureau of Land Management Notheastern States District, lead federal agency for federally owned minerals throughout the United States, is starting its environmental assessments to consider whether or not to further oil and gas development by leasing parcels on approximately ...

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Hempfield safety seminar puts focus on Bakken crude

Emergency responders from four counties gathered in Hempfield on Saturday to learn how to better respond to rail incidents, particularly those involving Bakken crude oil. The highly flammable crude is transported from the Bakken Formation, an area encompassing parts of Canada, Montana and North Dakota, to oil refineries, some of which are on the East Coast. There’s been an increase ...

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Group wants ‘bomb trains’ rerouted around nuclear plant

Montgomery County, Pa. A Tri-County environmental advocacy group has asked federal, state and local officials to reroute railroad tracks that carry crude oil near the Limerick Nuclear Generating station to prevent a disaster in a derailment. Norfolk Southern and Limerick officials counter that there are safety features in place to respond to fires and other derailment hazards. Alliance for a ...

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Judge upholds Pennsylvania township’s pro-drilling ordinance

VALENCIA, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge has upheld a township’s gas drilling ordinance over the objections of some residents and environmental activists. The Middlesex Township zoning hearing board originally upheld the ordinance allowing drilling in much of the mostly rural community about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. The residents, the Delaware Riverkeeper network and the Clean Air Council ...

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After attacks, a spike in Pennsylvania gun-permit requests


By lunchtime Wednesday, in the middle of what has been a hectic week at the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, 20 people already had shown up to seek gun permits. That followed 39 applicants for permits or renewals on Tuesday, and 46 on Monday — at least double the daily average from last month. According to Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the ...

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Foes challenge proposed fracking in national forest in Ohio

NY village loses case over fracking water sales

ATHENS, Ohio — Opponents are pushing back as a federal agency again considers requests to open Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio to oil and gas drilling. The Buckeye Forest Council, Sierra Club, Athens County Fracking Action Networks and other advocacy groups have called for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to conduct a “full-scale environmental report” before allowing drilling ...

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Lake Erie Biofuels buys Alabama biodiesel refinery

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania biodiesel producer is expanding into Alabama. The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1QuS7yn ) reports Lake Erie Biofuels LLC has bought the former Veros Energy biodiesel refinery in Moundsville, Alabama. Lake Erie Biofuels does business as HERO BX and will operate the plant under the name HERO BX Alabama LLC. The Moundville plant has 17 employees who ...

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