Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania AG hints at ‘criminal charges’ in shale industry investigation

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro confirms his office is conducting more than a dozen investigations of the shale gas industry and expects “criminal charges in the near future.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• A company that may be wooed to Pennsylvania by a bill that promises tax credits for a methanol plant says it has competing proposals from West Virginia and Ohio. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
Fracking presents a wild card in political races in Pennsylvania as the assumption that opponents cannot win statewide races is challenged. (E&E News, subscription required)
• A Delaware refinery is hit with citations from state environmental officials for emissions violation. (Delaware Public Media)

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BIOMASS: A New Hampshire Senate committee hears testimony in favor of a bill to spend $250,000 for worker retraining for former employees of the biomass industry affected by power plant closures. (InDepthNH)

OFFSHORE WIND: The three-day Maine Fishermen’s Forum this week will feature a full day of seminars on offshore wind proposed in the Gulf of Maine. (news release)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: New York officials start meetings of a climate leadership group to lay out a roadmap for reaching the state’s clean energy requirements. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES: The CEO of a pipeline developer says additional pipeline construction is the most direct way to reduce emissions in the Northeast, which relies heavily on natural gas for heating and power generation. (Platts)

TRANSPORTATION: Maryland legislators consider bills to hasten a switch to electric buses starting in 2022, with a goal of more than 50% converted by 2030. (WTOP) 

TRANSMISSION: A Pennsylvania county wants to intervene in state regulatory proceedings to oppose the Transource transmission line that is proposed by PJM for grid reliability in Pennsylvania and Maryland. (Herald-Mail)

SOLAR: As New Jersey seeks to continue building a solar industry at lower overall costs to state ratepayers, hearing attendees suggest the focus may shift from homeowners’ rooftops to larger community or commercial projects. (NJ Spotlight)

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CLIMATE: Pennsylvania educators meet to discuss updating science standards in the state curriculum to include the consensus on climate change. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

COMMENTARY: A legislative activist says a proposed law to increase Maryland’s climate action commitments is needed as past consensus bills have proved to be inadequate. (Baltimore Sun) 

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