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Decline in gas drilling softens boom for Western Pa. businesses

John Bruno dresses the industry that revitalized his Waynesburg business district. Mickey’s Men’s Store, which Bruno’s father opened in 1967 on High Street, sells the Carhartt attire, Carolina work boots and flame-retardant clothing that serve as standard wardrobe for the shale gas workers who changed the face of Greene and Washington counties during the past decade. Those workers have kept ...

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Seneca Resources joins with IOG Capital to maintain Marcellus activity

Seneca Resources is getting help from a Dallas investment firm to maintain gas production in the Marcellus shale despite low prices that have cut into cash flow. Houston-based Seneca, Pennsylvania’s 12th biggest shale gas producer, on Thursday announced a joint venture with IOG Capital to develop at least 42 and possibly 80 wells in Elk, McKean and Cameron counties with ...

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Sanders aligns against proposed natural gas pipeline

MANCHESTER — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the first presidential candidate to publicly take a position on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. And the Democratic hopeful’s opposition to the project has many Northeast Energy Direct pipeline opponents praising him. In prepared remarks given during the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Sunday night, Sanders said he’s against ...

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Challenging times continue for oil and gas companies

“Lower for longer” are the words being used to describe the oil and natural gas economic outlook for 2016, creating another whack at West Virginia’s energy sector. U.S. natural gas production could decline in 2016 for the first time in a decade, driven by low oil prices after 10 years of gangbusters growth from shale plays. To understand the decline ...

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PPL’s base electricity rate to decline 17 percent in December

Residential customers who purchase power directly from PPL Electric Utilities rather than shopping for a competitive supplier, will see a 17 percent decrease in the portion of their bill that reflects generation costs in December. The generation rate for residential customers will be reset to 7.878 cents per kilowatt hour, down from the current rate of 9.493 cents. Small business ...

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Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia sign pact to develop shale resources

Governors of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have a new agreement to work together to make the most of shale-energy resources that run beneath parts of all three states. The five-page document says that officials in the states will cooperate to promote the region’s shared energy interests. “The issues and opportunities facing our growing oil and gas industry do not ...

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Assessing the risks of storing CO2 underground

All of the carbon dioxide siphoned from power plant flue gas has to go somewhere — not back into the sky as greenhouse gas. That somewhere is typically underground. CO2 can be used for enhanced oil recovery — to stimulate the flow of untapped oil in fields exhausted by conventional methods. It can also just be pumped deep underground through ...

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Groups seeking comprehensive US review of pipelines

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia legislators and “clean energy” advocates are seeking a comprehensive review of natural gas pipelines that include two that would be laid from West Virginia and through Virginia. They plan to outline their pitch to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday. They argue that the present review is piecemeal. Energy companies are proposing hundreds of miles ...

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Pipeline fight is well under way

Robert Wheeler’s rural Milan home, which he said dates to 1823, belonged to Thomas Edison’s oldest sister — his great great grandmother. The residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home and the more than 100 acres belong to him and his wife, Linda. Wheeler said he doesn’t want trees removed to make way for a ...

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