FBI investigating Pennsylvania pipeline permits

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! PIPELINES: The FBI is investigating how the administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf decided to issue permits for the Mariner East pipeline in 2017 that critics say were incomplete. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts gives fourth and final approval to a coastal community compressor station needed for a pipeline from Texas to Canada. (Patriot Ledger)
• Massachusetts residents and officials testify in support of proposed stricter pipeline safety rules that come 14 months after a fatal explosion.

New Jersey explores revenue sources to replace lost gasoline taxes

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New Jersey bill would create a commission to study how the state could replace revenue from gasoline taxes if it succeeds in electrifying the vehicle fleet. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: A Northeast utility’s venture fund is exploring vehicle-to-grid technology that would allow energy stored in an electric vehicle’s battery be used as a backup power source by the grid or a homeowner. (GreenBiz)

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Mayor’s comments highlight fracking controversy in Pennsylvania

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! OIL & GAS: Anti-fracking comments by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto expose a fissure over shale gas development among western Pennsylvania business and political leaders. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

ALSO:
• U.S. and Philadelphia officials object to the sale process for a destroyed oil refinery, saying the owner’s deadline discourages other bidders. (Reuters)
• Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will decide if a consumer protection law applies to a royalty payment dispute between landowners and gas drillers.

Landmark New York climate case goes to judge

CLIMATE: Attorneys for New York state make closing arguments in a lawsuit over whether ExxonMobil misled investors by keeping two sets of numbers on climate change. (Associated Press)

ALSO: The Vermont Legislature’s climate caucus will hold forums across the state to discuss priorities for the 2020 session and receive public input. (Brattleboro Reformer)

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OIL & GAS: Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood protest at a meeting between city officials and Sunoco over a closed refinery, saying they have been left out of determining the future of the site.

New Jersey amendment would ban fossil fuel power plants

POWER PLANTS: A proposed constitutional amendment in New Jersey to ban fossil fuel power plants could reach the ballot in 2021, but would not affect pending projects. (NJ Spotlight)

GRID: In-home battery systems installed by a Vermont utility kept the lights on for 1,100 customers during a blackout last month, with one battery running for 84 hours. (Greentech Media)

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OIL & GAS: Rhode Island regulators approve a temporary natural gas storage facility to serve an island that lost supplies last winter which led to a recent report critical of a utility’s preparation.