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Budget makers eye revival of natural gas gross receipts tax

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Budget makers in an 11th-hour search for cash to support a deficit-strapped budget are considering reinstating a gross receipts tax on natural gas sales in Pennsylvania, senators said Thursday. The idea is one of several that have been brought up in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and House and Senate Republican majority leaders have ...

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Effort to cap surplus sale of solar, wind electricity nixed

solar, wind

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One Pennsylvania state agency is rejecting a move by another to limit how much surplus electricity can be sold back to utilities from customer-owned solar panels or wind turbines. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted unanimously Thursday against the proposal by the Public Utility Commission, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1TrPr5r). That proposal would have capped the ...

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County wants Pennsylvania prison to become power plant

County wants Pennsylvania prison to become power plant

CRESSON, Pa. (AP) — County officials want to turn a former prison site in central Pennsylvania into a gas-fired power plant. The former State Correctional Institution-Cresson has been transferred to the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority for $1. That’s the first step in selling the 93-acre tract to a company that wants to build the plant. Greg Cammerata, president of Greensburg-based ...

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State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation. DEP spokeswoman Melanie Williams says Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at the Mahoning Township site at about noon Monday. That was about 12 hours after the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude-1.9 earthquake and ...

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Pipeline opponents plan rally; want NY to deny permit

Pipeline opponents plan rally; want NY to deny permit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Members of environmental groups plan to rally at the state Capitol as they continue efforts to stop construction of a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to eastern New York. Opponents of the Constitution Pipeline want the Cuomo administration to deny a water quality permit for the project. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of the project ...

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United Mine Workers expects 5,000 at Pennsylvania rally

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America say they expect 5,000 people to rally and march in southwestern Pennsylvania to safeguard pensions and health benefits. The union is concerned because environmental regulations on coal-burning plants have combined with abundant supplies of natural gas to drive down demand for coal at power plants. Earlier this week, Virginia-based Alpha ...

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Ratings agencies see much not to like in Pennsylvania budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the days after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf finally put a stake in the Pennsylvania budget impasse that has captured the Capitol for more than a year, his office wasted no time in publicizing three analyses by financial firms that delved into what it means for the state’s future. The reviews were anything but positive. The administration ...

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Small drillers in Pennsylvania sue to block new state rules

Small drillers in Pennsylvania sue to block new state rules

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A trade group that represents small, independent gas and oil producers in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit challenging new state regulations for conventional drilling. The Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association of Bradford says the rules would be financially ruinous. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (bit.ly/1S9tSlq) reported Thursday that the suit argues the Department of Environmental Protection unfairly grouped conventional ...

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Exelon closes deal to buy Pepco, creating largest US utility

Exelon closes deal to buy Pepco, creating largest US utility

NEW YORK (AP) — Exelon has completed its nearly $7 billion deal to buy Pepco, creating America’s largest electric utility company. The deal closed late Wednesday after the company received approval from its final regulator, almost two years after the company first made its offer for Pepco. The combined company becomes the largest electric utility company in the U.S., based on ...

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The Latest: Gas driller to appeal $4.24 million verdict

Gas driller to appeal $4.24 million verdict

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a jury’s multimillion-dollar verdict against a Pennsylvania gas driller (all times local): 2:25 p.m. One of the largest gas drillers in Pennsylvania says it will appeal a $4.24 million jury verdict that found the company polluted the well water of two families. Houston-based based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. said Thursday the jury’s ...

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