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Fracking foes say Ohio elections chief exceeds his authority

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues this fall are arguing that voters, not the elections chief, should decide the substance of such issues. In a filing Tuesday, residents in Fulton, Medina (meh-DY’-nuh) and Athens counties tell the Ohio Supreme Court that Husted was supposed to decide ...

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How sound are Pennsylvania’s oil and gas wells?

Hundreds of oil and gas well owners failed to submit required reports this year that are meant to document whether Pennsylvania’s active wells are structurally sound or showing signs of leaks and decay. The roughly 450 well owners who were sent violation notices for the missing reports by the Department of Environmental Protection represent a small fraction of the roughly ...

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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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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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Ordinance could delay fracking

PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners potentially could slow the arrival of hydraulic fracturing in the county at its meeting Monday with a local ordinance imposing a two-year moratorium on the practice. “Part of the county’s rationale is that we’re about to embark on a comprehensive land use plan for Chatham County,” said Commissioner Diana Hales. “It takes ...

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DEC sees no timeline for pipeline

In nine consecutive weekly reports filed with federal regulators beginning in early June, the Constitution Pipeline company indicated it anticipated decisions in July on its applications for water quality certificates and stormwater discharge permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. But July came and went, and the DEC made no decisions on those applications. On Friday, agency spokesman Thomas ...

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Gov. Hassan urges feds to seek alternative route for gas pipeline

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Gov. Maggie Hassan on Friday urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to fully investigate alternative routes for the Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline, and require developers to “comprehensively address” the questions and concerns of New Hampshire residents. Kinder Morgan is hoping for FERC approval to build a new natural gas transmission line through Southern New Hampshire. The company recently announced ...

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