Northeast Energy News

Investigators say corroded pipe caused Philadelphia refinery explosion

OIL & GAS: Federal investigators pinpoint a corroded and outdated pipe as the cause of an explosion and fire at a Philadelphia oil refinery in June. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO:
Residents who live near the refinery say they have experienced health problems since the explosion as federal inspectors confirm the blast released 3,000 pounds of a dangerous chemical. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A New York utility that was ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift a moratorium on new gas hookups due to supply constraints now has a backup plan to deliver compressed natural gas by truck to eastern Long Island. (Bloomberg)
A county attorney in the Pittsburgh area says a proposed public registry of oil and gas leases likely faces legal and enforcement challenges. (WESA)

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PIPELINES:
A Massachusetts environmental official recommends approval of two water quality permits needed by a proposed compressor station, triggering final state review of the project. (Patriot-Ledger)
Oil and gas industry leaders praise new federal pipeline safety rules but critics say they fall short on several levels, including setting emergency requirements. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Demonstrators protest at Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s office to again demand he shut down the Mariner East pipeline project that has been plagued by sinkholes and other construction problems. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SOLAR:
Township planners in New Jersey approve a 35 MW solar farm slated for a Superfund site, with construction beginning early next year. (Asbury Park Press)
Developers present plans for a 59 MW solar project in Rhode Island that some residents say would require sacrificing a large tract of woodlands. (Providence Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Connecticut lowers the price cap for $1,500 electric vehicle rebates, eliminating several models from BMW, Tesla and Mercedes Benz. (CT Post)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine congressman writes to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saying there is a “lack of transparency” in its response to questions about its review of a 145-mile power line from Canada. (Bangor Daily News)

POWER PLANTS: A union leader confronts New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy over his cancellation of a natural gas fired power plant. (New Jersey Globe)

COMMENTARY:
A clean energy attorney says state attorneys general are preparing for a fight with federal regulators who are expected to undercut policies that promote clean energy at the state level. (The Hill)
An editorial board says New Hampshire should more effectively use proceeds from a multi-state emissions auction by directing more to energy efficiency programs. (Concord Monitor)

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