Northeast Energy News

Academic who ushered in shale boom cites industry mistakes

OIL & GAS: The academic whose report helped spur Pennsylvania’s fracking boom says several mistakes were made by industry and political leaders that resulted in a recent scathing grand jury report. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: A petrochemical tax break bill vetoed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf could be revived by legislators this week with caps on what companies could receive. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES: Clean energy advocates in New Jersey say recent court victories nationally give them hope they can defeat nine pending pipeline projects in the state. (NJ Spotlight)

OFFSHORE WIND: The developer of Maryland’s first offshore wind farm says it will no longer pursue an interconnection facility at a Deleware state park, citing the presence of undisturbed wetlands. (

HYDROPOWER: Hydro-Quebec and Maine sign a contract to provide discounted electricity to the state from part of the capacity transmitted by a new power line mostly intended to serve Massachusetts. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR: Solar developers and conservationists spar over new rules in Massachusetts meant to protect forest land but that hinder new large-scale projects. (Boston Globe)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey requests information from electric vehicle manufacturers on how it could convert to medium and heavy duty trucks to electrify the state fleet. (

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COAL: A coal operator gives notice that it will lay off 233 workers by the end of August, idling one of three mines at a southwestern Pennsylvania complex. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• New York’s comptroller says the state pension fund has been top-ranked internationally for its management of climate risks and rejects calls for immediate divestment of fossil fuel assets. (Albany Times Union)
• A conservation group says a climate report in New Jersey is a “wake-up call” for immediate action to address the crisis. (
• A convenience store trade organization says work and commuting habits changed by the coronavirus pandemic eliminates the need for a regional vehicle emissions trading compact. (Boston Herald)
• Most Pennsylvania families would benefit from a proposed federal climate law that would collect fees from carbon emitters and distribute them to residents according to a report. (

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