Northeast Energy News

Grand jury report slams fracking monitoring in Pennsylvania

OIL & GAS: After a two-year investigation, a Pennsylvania grand jury report says state environmental officials failed to protect residents from the health effects of fracking. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO:
• The bankruptcy sale of a closed Philadelphia refinery is expected to close Friday after the owner agrees to accept $26.5 million less due to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A new report says progress is slow in fixing thousands of gas line leaks in Massachusetts as required by a 2014 law. (Salem News)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• A study that calculates cost comparisons of running electric versus gasoline vehicles shows Washington, D.C has one of the highest savings while Massachusetts has the lowest. (InsideClimate News)
• Connecticut transit authorities will partner with an autonomous technology provider to develop electric buses in the first-of-its-kind deployment in the U.S. (Intelligent Transport)

CLIMATE:
• Washington, D.C. sues major oil companies for allegedly deceiving customers of its knowledge of the climate risks posed by fossil fuel emissions. (The Hill)
• The Vermont Senate passes a law to require an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (VT Digger)

SOLAR:
Solar Builder chronicles the four-and-a-half-year process of building a community solar project outside Boston in the first installment of a three-part series.
• More than 6,000 ongoing projects in Maine are in limbo as federal regulators are asked to determine the legality of net metering nationally. (Pine Tree Watch)
• A town board in New York for a variety of reasons gives a cool reception to a proposed solar law that would allow projects in an agricultural district. (Post-Star)

NUCLEAR: Court filings show that the company decommissioning the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts is under criminal investigation in New Jersey related to tax benefits it received to relocate there. (Politico)

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HEATING: A federal grant helps the northern New England forestry industry find new markets for its products, including two wood heating initiatives. (VermontBiz)

COMMENTARY:
• A group opposed to wind projects in western New York says rural areas are asked to pay the price for energy development that only benefits New York City. (Albany Times Union)
• An editorial board says New Jersey will get a piece of the offshore wind development pie but shouldn’t pay more than necessary as development benefits will be shared by other states. (Press of Atlantic City) 

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