A year after devastating winter storm, power plant problems ‘still likely’ in extreme weather
As the anniversary approaches of Winter Storm Elliott, a pair of reports released earlier this month reveal how much worse the situation almost became and the continued vulnerability of the U.S. energy grid to frigid weather.
Plan to export Pennsylvania natural gas by rail sidetracked by feds
Federal officials have suspended a Trump Administration rule that would have allowed the shipment of explosive liquified natural gas on rail cars through dozens of eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey communities. The move on Friday by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, deals a blow to […]
Advocates vow to fight shale gas export terminal in Delaware County’s poorest community
Community leaders said Tuesday that a plan to build a $6.4 billion liquid natural gas export terminal would compound decades of environmental injustice in Chester, one of Pennsylvania’s poorest cities. Advocates, including the city’s Democratic nominee for mayor, vowed to fight construction of the facility proposed by a New York firm to prepare natural gas […]
Manchin earned $476K in 2022 from family coal company, congressional disclosures show
The West Virginia Democrat's coal industry ties are 'a classic case study for a conflict of interest in Congress,' an expert said.
In 31 states, utilities can shut off electricity for nonpayment in a heat wave | Analysis
America’s power disconnection crisis, explained.
Report: Cracker plant hasn’t delivered for Beaver Co. | Tuesday Morning Coffee
When it was first announced in 2012, Shell’s ethane cracker plant in Beaver County was sold as an engine that would help revitalize western Pennsylvania’s economy. But a new report indicates that the plant, which launched in November 2022, has yet to deliver on that promised prosperity, and that Beaver County “has lagged the state and nation in […]
State lawmakers debate who should build EV charging networks
Projections point to an imminent surge in electric vehicles. That means tens of thousands of additional public charging stations are needed.
Virginia oversight board approves withdrawal from regional carbon market
Virginia’s state Air Pollution Control Board took its final step to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market, sending the action to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office for final action, despite a majority of public commenters continuing to oppose the move. Following a 30-minute closed session to discuss possible litigation against the decision, the board […]
Crypto-mining could be Pa’s next big environmental threat. We need to treat it that way | Opinion
The industry is operating with little regulation and oversight. Its many environmental impacts must be taken seriously.
How Pa. lawmakers are clawing back the state’s power to plug abandoned wells
‘Essentially, what we’re trying to do is to take the law back to where it was,’ state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, said.
Shell to pay $10M in fines for exceeding pollution limits. Will it matter?
The fossil fuel giant acknowledged that it often exceeded emissions limitations at its Beaver County cracker plant since October 2022.
With summer coming fast, regulator issues electric reliability warning
'Weather officials are expecting above normal temperatures for much of the United States,' a new report concludes.