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Atlantic Sunrise pipeline company pays $700,000 for construction violations

The violations included failure to properly maintain erosion and sedimentation best management practices, drilling fluid spills, and sediment discharge into waterways.
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'My friends were lied to': will coalminers stand by Trump as jobs disappear?

The president vowed to help the industry, but it continues shrinking despite his cuts to regulations.

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Pennsylvania: DEP approves changes to Mariner East construction methods at three troubled sites

Mariner East construction at three sites that require drilling through porous limestone can shift from horizontal directional drilling to open trench.
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How Republicans are trying to use the Green Party to their advantage

The G.O.P. has sought to help Green Party candidates in previous election cycles to siphon votes from Democrats. This year is no different--but it hasn't always worked.

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Trump’s energy secretary questions mainstream science on human impacts of climate change

On a tour through Western Pennsylvania Monday, the Trump administration's top energy official questioned the mainstream scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change.

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PA: More spills at Lebanon County Mariner East pipeline drill site earn Sunoco more violations

Pennsylvania's DEP recently ordered re-route of line in Chester County for similar problems.

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The wooing of a would-be petrochemical plant

Pennsylvania officials spent months preparing to show off southwestern Pennsylvania to two ExxonMobil executives in the hopes the oil giant would build here.  
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Fracking claims by candidates an incomplete story

With a month-and-a-half to go until the second largest natural gas-producing state in the country has to decide between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, voters are being told — by politicians — an incomplete story.

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Enviro groups challenge EPA's new air rule for ethane crackers

Groups say the new rules don't protect the public from harmful emissions from these plants and allow too many loopholes for industry.
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Fossil fuel industry and Koch network fighting Pennsylvania's move to join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

As Pennsylvania took a significant step this week towards joining a regional climate initiative to curb carbon pollution from power plants, newly revealed email records show how fossil fuel interests campaigned to oppose it.

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Oversight board approves Pennsylvania to join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

RGGI has been controversial in Pennsylvania. A environmental oversight board gave the go-ahead for draft regulations to join the cap-and-trade program.

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New plan for Pa. science standards acknowledge climate change

A proposed update to Pennsylvania's standards for science education could transform how public school students learn science — and expose them to more information on climate change.

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Pennsylvania plan for carbon cap on power plants advances

A state rule-making board voted to open the plan for 60 days of public comment.
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In Pennsylvania, gas drilling is down, but production higher than it has ever been

An annual state DEP report shows 6.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas was pulled from Marcellus and Utica shales in 2019.
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