Work continues on new FirstEnergy transmission line in West Virginia

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Construction crews have begun to raise steel poles for a new FirstEnergy Corp. transmission line in Harrison and Doddridge counties, West Virginia. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 08:22 PM

March DEP well permits report

There were 99 drilling permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Marcellus Business Central coverage area in the month of March. More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Davis-Besse nuclear power station begins refueling and maintenance outage

AKRON, OH - FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., announced its Davis- Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, shut down at 12:01 a.m. More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Colorado pair accused of $800,000 gain on illegal water sale

BOULDER, COLO. (AP) — Two Colorado men face charges of illegally pocketing about $800,000 by purchasing water that was restricted to agricultural use but selling it for oilfield use at far higher prices.   More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Wolf administration investing $1.19M in projects to clean up acid mine drainage

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the selection of four projects to receive $1,193,603 in funding for the rehabilitation of Pennsylvania’s water resources. More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Florida Senate committee rejects fracking bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Senate Appropriations Committee narrowly defeated a bill Thursday that would set regulations for fracking.  More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Baker Hughes becomes first oilfield service company to enroll in the regional operational integrity program

HOUSTON, TX - Baker Hughes announced that it is the first service company to have enrolled in the new Regional Operational Integrity Program (ROIP) for the petroleum and natural gas industry and to receive Gold Recognition for its Gulf of Mexico (GoM More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Alpha Natural Resources files Chapter 11 reorganization plan, sets schedule for the sale of its assets.

WAYNESBURG, PA - According to a press release from Alpha, the company plans to sell all of the company’s coal operations and reserves located in Pennsylvania, including the debtors’ Cumberland and Emerald mine complexes, their Freeport, S More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Gas price drop affects environmental funds

HARRISBURG, PA (AP) — The drop in natural gas prices is undermining the revenue flow supporting three state environmental programs.  More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force presents report, top 12 recommendations to Governor Tom Wolf

HARRISBURG, PA – In its report to Governor Tom Wolf, the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force identified a dozen top recommendations, along with a broader set of 184 suggestions.  More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

PUC to investigate rate increase request for UGI Gas

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to investigate a proposed rate increase for UGI Utilities Inc. – Gas Division (UGI) for its natural gas service.  More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

Company, state working to bring well sites into compliance

WASHINGTON, PA (AP) — Range Resources says it’s trying to bring dozens of its Pennsylvania drilling sites into compliance with environmental laws.  A Range Resources spokesman tells Pennlive.com that the company is working the Depart More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

Tenaska pursues revised air permit for South Huntingdon gas-fired plant

HUNTINGDON, PA (AP) - American power plants are burning more natural gas than ever to generate electricity, overtaking coal as the dominant energy source during several months last year and hitting record levels this month.  More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:22 PM

Florida House passes bill to study, regulate fracking

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) — The state House approved a bill Wednesday that would create regulations for fracking despite strong opposition from Democrats who said the oil and gas drilling practice could contaminate groundwater, damage the environmen More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:23 PM

PUC approves actions to accelerate PGW’s at-risk pipeline replacement

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today approved several actions that will allow for faster replacement of Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW’s) at-risk pipelines.  The Commission voted 5-0 to:  More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:23 PM

New Pig products receive environmental protection awards

TIPTON, PA - PIG Battery Acid Spill Kit (New Technology/Industry category) and PIG Spill Response Tactics Training DVD (Environmental Management category) are winners in the 2015 Environmental Protection Magazine New Product of the Year Awards progra More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:23 PM

Frack leases on state lands yield $18M; none from production

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — West Virginia has brought in $18 million by leasing the right to drill for oil and natural gas deep below state wildlife management areas and waterways, including beneath the Ohio River.  More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

More than 50,000 wind turbines now twirl across U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Wind power in the U.S. More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

Upstate NY village loses case over fracking water sales

PAINTED POST, NY (AP) — An upstate New York village has lost a court challenge of its water sales to a Shell Oil Co. subsidiary for shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.  More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

Unpaid bills to Pa. utilities total $315 million in 2014

HARRISBURG, PA (AP) - Entering the coldest months of the year, electric and gas utilities are pushing to work with customers struggling to pay their monthly bills on time. More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

Innovators have opportunity to compete in 5th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Innovators that are developing or that recently commercialized new products or services that have applicability to any aspect of the O&G industry should be entering the 5th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest. More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

FirstEnergy receives industry recognition

AKRON, OH - For the 10th consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. has earned recognition for its emergency response efforts from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a leading electric industry organization.  More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

West Virginia Public Service Commission approves settlement agreements

FAIRMONT, WV - Mon Power and Potomac Edison, subsidiaries of FirstEnergy Corp., announced today that the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia has approved settlement agreements allowing recovery of costs for enhanced tree-trimming program More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

Baker Hughes and Shell announce release of first software application from co-development agreement

HOUSTON, TX - Baker Hughes and Shell announced the commercial release of the Baker Hughes Jew­elSuite 6 Subsurface Modeling software application for geological modeling and res­ervoir engineering. More...

Posted 12/3/2015 08:36 PM

Energy to pay $1.4M fine for landslide

WAYNESSBURG, PA - Chesa­peake Energy agreed to pay a $1.4 million fine and meet new deadlines for restoring several Greene County streams clogged by a 2011 landslide at a gas well site, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Monday.&nb More...

Posted 12/3/2015 08:36 PM

Petrochemical construction conference comes to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ittsburgh , PA - The ample supply of shale gas readily available in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays has transformed petrochemical manufacturers in the US and Canada from high-cost producers of key petrochemicals and resins to some of t More...

Posted 5/5/2016 08:22 PM

Shale Gas Innovation Contest finalists named

STATE COLLEGE, PA - The Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center recently announced the finalists of this year’s Shale Gas Innovation Contest.  More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

$45 million pipeline expansion project proposed by West Virginia distribution company

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – A natural gas pipeline that will run from Pennsylvania to Martinsburg, W.Va. has been proposed by West Virginia’s largest natural gas distribution company, Mountaineer Gas Company.  More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

DEP awards contract to reclaim long-abandoned Ehrenfeld Mine Site in Cambria County

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded a $13,455,319 competitively bid contract to Rosebud Mining Company to remediate and reclaim a 62-acre abandoned mine site in the community of Ehrenfeld, More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Halliburton launches electrohydraulic subsea safety system for deepwater well testing

HOUSTON, TX – Halliburton announced the release of the Dash 3 inch Subsea Safety System, a complete solution for electrohydraulic control of Halliburton’s subsea safety tree. More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Jury awards last Dimock plaintiffs $4.2M over water well contamination

SCRANTON, PA — A federal jury on Thursday found Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. responsible for contaminating two Susquehanna County water wells through its natural gas drilling operations and awarded the families a total of $4.24 million.  More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Purchase agreements in place for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) — Purchase agreements have been signed for virtually all of the natural gas that would be delivered to the Southeast by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the lead energy company behind the $5 billion project said.  More...

Posted 4/8/2016 12:10 AM

Milestone LNG export shipment set to leave US for Brazil

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first international shipment of liquefied natural gas in decades from the lower 48 states is poised to leave for Brazil from Louisiana.  Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

Coast Guard withdraws frack wastewater proposal

WASHINGTON DC (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has withdrawn a proposal that would have established a standardized process for moving wastewater from fracking operations by barge. More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

DEP announces alternative fuels incentive grant seminars in Lycoming and Centre counties

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with its partners at the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT) and Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, invites fleet managers, municipalities, scho More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

Natural gas price slump swings Range Resources to $714M loss for 2015

(AP) - Continued low natural gas prices and large write-downs on its assets cut deeply into income at Range Resources Corp. last year, though imminent exports of its ethane gives hope for improved revenue in 2016.  More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

DEP offers municipal LED street lighting workshops for FirstEnergy customers

HARRISBURG, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is helping municipalities take advantage of light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting through a series of workshops for local municipal officials in the FirstEnergy electric uti More...

Posted 3/3/2016 04:45 PM

Regulators nix Constitution Pipeline’s tree-cutting request

ALBANY, NY (AP) — Federal regulators have rejected the Constitution Pipeline Company’s request to cut trees in New York along the proposed route of its 124-mile natural gas pipeline before a critical state permit is issued.  More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:22 PM

Alpha says lenders offer $500M for coal producer’s assets

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer’s core assets.  Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha announced the offer in a More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:23 PM

FirstEnergy invested $171 million in 2015 in the West Penn Power service area

GREENSBURG, PA – As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance its electric system, FirstEnergy Corp. More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:23 PM

South Park national lab teams with Carnegie Mellon on $4M power grid project

PITTSBURGH, PA - The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in South Park is leading a $4 million project involving Carnegie Mellon University and other partners that will focus on developing magnetic alloys and semiconduc More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:23 PM

TransCanada sues U.S. for killing Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - TransCanada is suing the U.S. government for more than $15 billion in losses and damages for denying the Canadian company’s permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.  More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

Hatfield’s Ferry may breathe again in 2019

MASONTOWN, PA (AP) - FirstEnergy Corp. has been making plans for a possible reboot of the Hatfield’s Ferry coal power plant in Greene County, which was closed in 2013. More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

Solar job boom continues as prices spur demand

(AP) - The U.S. solar power industry continued its hiring spree in 2015, growing nearly 12 times faster than overall U.S. employment.  More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

Assembly approves lifting nuclear moratorium

MADISON, WI (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly approved a bill that would lift Wisconsin’s ban on new nuclear power plants.  More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

Massive gas leak spurs legislation to avert future disasters

LOS ANGELES, CA (AP) — California lawmakers proposed stronger regulations to prevent a natural gas storage leak like one that has sickened Los Angeles residents and driven thousands from their homes.  More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

LOLA Energy to pursue Marcellus /Utica opportunities

PITTSBURGH, PA – LOLA Energy, a newly formed independent oil and gas company, announced that it has recently closed on a $250 million equity commitment from leading energy and resources-focused global private equity firm Denham Capital. More...

Posted 1/14/2016 02:42 PM

DEP assesses $1.7 million civil penalty against PQ Corporation for air quality violations

NORRISTOWN, PA – The Pennsyl­vania Department of Environmental Pro­tection (DEP) has assessed a civil penalty against PQ Corporation (PQ) in the amount of $1.7M for air quality violations in the City of Chester, Delaware County.  More...

Posted 12/3/2015 08:36 PM

Groups seek a say with US regulators on two-state pipeline

RICHMOND, VA (AP) — Seventeen groups in Virginia and West Virginia are seeking a say on a 301-mile natural gas pipeline that would carve a path through both states.  The groups are seeking so-called interve­nor status with the Federal Ener More...

Posted 12/3/2015 08:36 PM

Countries pledge $10 billion for clean energy fund

PARIS, France - World leaders at­tending the Paris climate negotiations took major steps this weekend toward speeding up the development of clean energy to re­duce global reliance on fossil fuels.  More...

Posted 12/3/2015 08:36 PM

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