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Flipping the Script on Eminent Domain

A New Milford, Pennsylvania, resident might lose 125 maple trees on her property if an energy infrastructure company develops the land for a natural gas pipeline. Often, these companies use the threat of eminent domain to pressure people into signing a lease agreement, but landowners like Catherine Holleran are calling their bluff.

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Chevron Blocked Access to DEP After Fatal Well Fire in Southwest PA

When a Chevron natural gas well exploded in Greene County, Pa., killing a worker, the company blocked personnel with the state Department of Environmental Protection from accessing the site for nearly two days. The DEP acquiesced, despite its regulatory authority. Now, that issue is one of nine violations the DEP outlined in a letter to Chevron last month.

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Enviros: Forest Driller Gets Poor Marks

An environmental group gave Anadarko Energy poor marks for its environmental violations in a new report. The group is fighting the company's plan to drill in Loyalsock State Forest. 

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Historian Makes Case for Tougher Fracking Laws in PA

How to regulate fracking only became common cause for debate in recent years, but regulating other types of oil and gas drilling has proved challenging for ages in our region. Carnegie Mellon University professor Joel Tarr has been studying the history of natural gas drilling laws, and says Pennsylvania should create tougher regulations at drilling sites.

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Obama's State of the Union on Energy and Environment

President Obama laid out his plans for energy and environment in the recent State of the Union address.  Climate change and natural gas were both featured prominently in his speech, and in the reactions of Pittsburghers to the president's remarks.

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Senate Panel Examines Complaints of Underpaid Gas Royalties

Many of the questions about Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom have revolved around environmental concerns, but now some landowners are raising the issue of the financial side of drilling.  They say they're being cheated out of royalty payments, and a state Senate panel is taking note.  

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Propane Fuels Transportation in Western PA

The technology to power cars on propane has been around since the 1970s.  It hasn’t been adopted by the average driver, but some cab drivers are making the switch to propane to power their cars right here in our region.

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Industry Economist Makes the Case for Gas Exports

The nation’s new energy secretary Ernest Moniz spoke at an energy conference where he told the audience that applications for new natural gas export facilities would be decided upon by the end of the year. Gas producers want to sell their fuel overseas where it fetches a higher price. But before it gets shipped abroad, it has to be converted to its liquid form known as LNG – or liquefied natural gas.

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Senate Panel Approves Bills to Expand Natural Gas Services

A pair of bills moving through the state legislature aim to give consumers more access to Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas reserves. The sponsoring lawmaker lives in Marcellus shale country but doesn’t have the option of natural gas service at his own home.

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New York Town Weighs Ups and Downs of Gas Business

The City of Elmira is just seven miles from the Pennsylvania border. And for four years, the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier crossed over the border and boosted Elmira’s economy. But now that boom has slowed down.

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