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Pipeline project to start

CONNEAUT — Construction is expected to start next week on a natural gas pipeline improvement that will disrupt traffic along a 10,000-foot length of Route 20 on Conneaut’s west side. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for today with the contractor, Roese Pipeline Co., of Kawkawlin, Mich., City Manager James Hockaday said. A five-foot trench will be dug in the westbound ...

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Wolf’s tax plan rejected

HARRISBURG — The Republican-controlled House has defeated Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to raise taxes on workers and gas drillers to close the state’s budget deficit, put more money in classrooms and reduce local property taxes for some homeowners. The 127-73 vote was issued at about 3:20 p.m. today, more than six hours after debate began in the legislative chamber. ...

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Activists: Stop gas terminal off New York, New Jersey coasts

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. — Environmentalists and some elected officials are calling on the governors of New York and New Jersey to oppose a proposal for a liquefied natural gas import terminal off both states’ coasts. An application by Liberty Natural Gas to build the facility in federal waters 19 miles off Jones Beach, New York, and 29 miles off Long ...

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APNewsBreak: Wolf plan seeks higher income, drilling taxes

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf is pursuing a half-point increase in the state’s personal income tax and a new extraction tax on natural gas drilling in an effort to solve the state’s 3-month-old budget impasse. Basic details of the proposal Wolf will formally submit later Tuesday also include cuts for seniors and disabled people in property taxes used to ...

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SUN Tech students to get training for pipeline, bridge work

SELINSGROVE — Some SUN Area Technical Institute students will travel Monday to a training center in Lebanon to learn how to work on a pipeline or build a bridge. Up to 3,000 new jobs will be needed to support the building of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, the Sunbury Pipeline and the Hummel Station power plant, and Greater Susquehanna Valley ...

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Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state. A jury reached the verdict in April 2013 after finding the company liable in a long-running lawsuit over contamination by the chemical MTBE. Lasting nearly four months, the trial ...

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Bill halts efforts to regulate fracking

SANFORD — A bill declaring “local ordinances regulating oil and gas exploration, development and production activities invalid” sounded the death knell for local governments’ efforts to impact hydraulic fracturing after passing by a vote of 61-22 in the N.C. House of Representatives Wednesday morning. Senate Bill 199, sponsored by Sen. Fletcher L. Hartsell Jr. (R-Cabarrus, Union), states clearly that “all ...

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No action in Ohio fracking tax standoff as deadline arrives

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Compromise is still eluding members of the Ohio Legislature on Republican Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) proposed tax hike on oil-and-gas drillers. The extra time granted by legislative leaders to strike a deal with the powerful energy lobby is set to expire Thursday. In pulling the tax issue from the state budget in June, Senate President Keith ...

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Methane leak data in Pa. paints an uncertain picture

Shale gas companies in Pennsylvania reported leaking 9,681 tons of methane in 2013, a 41 percent increase over the prior year. But the real amount of methane that went into the air may have little to do with that estimate. Leaks, or fugitive emissions, aren’t measured at oil and gas facilities. Those emissions are estimated based on a 20-year-old formula ...

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