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Mayor’s comments highlight fracking controversy in Pennsylvania

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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. (PennLive)
• Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania seeks passage of a resolution stating that a president cannot ban fracking. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES:
• Utilities say Massachusetts customers are expected to pay more for heat and electricity this winter. (Eagle-Tribune)
• A change in a federal formula cuts Massachusetts’ share in heating assistance while overall support for the program has increased. (Worcester Telegram)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A western Pennsylvania county sheriff’s department test drives a Tesla to see if it could shift to cleaner vehicles for its fleet. (WPXI)

PIPELINES: The top federal pipeline safety official speaking at a conference makes the case for more flexible rules rather than prescriptive standards that safety advocates prefer. (S&P Global)

POWER PLANTS: FirstEnergy begins the months-long process of deactivating Pennsylvania’s largest coal-fired power plant. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

STORAGE: A task force created by Maine’s legislature is developing a plan to encourage energy storage development. (Portland Press Herald)

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OFFSHORE WIND: If state funding is approved, Staten Island could become a hub for offshore wind turbine assembly, developers say. (SILive.com)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board objects to Pennsylvania’s entry into a regional compact to reduce carbon emissions because it would require an alliance with neighboring states that oppose Pennsylvania’s energy policies. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
• A business columnist says New York’s write-down of 90% of its investment in a Tesla solar plant in Buffalo is another blow to a facility that has failed to reach several benchmarks over three years. (Buffalo News)
• While Vermont has committed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement after the Trump administration promised to exit it, an environmentalist says the governor and legislature have failed to act on that promise. (Rutland Herald)
• Offshore wind development partners say the technology is right for Connecticut for its environmental, energy and economic development benefits. (CT Mirror)

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