Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania county prosecutor to sue pipeline as a public nuisance

PIPELINES: A county prosecutor in Pennsylvania says he will sue the Mariner East pipeline as a public nuisance following a series of construction mishaps. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ALSO: A doctors’ group says a proposed compressor in Massachusetts cannot be made safe by regulations due to its soil contamination and expected emissions. (Patriot-Ledger)

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CLIMATE:
• A New York City bill to be introduced today follows a Norwegian model by setting an emissions budget for each city department. (Huffington Post)
• Burlington, Vermont declares a climate emergency just days after thousands of residents participated in the National Climate Strike. (VT Digger)

NUCLEAR:
• Dozens of residents spoke at a hearing urging federal officials to take extra precautions when monitoring the Seabrook nuclear power plant. (Gloucester Daily Times)
• The town of Seabrook received a nearly $700,000 grant to repair a seawall that protects the local fishing industry and the power plant. (Seacoastonline.com)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Exelon, which owns three nuclear power plants in New York, will unveil a $20 million fund to finance clean energy start-ups at a climate forum in New York City today. (Associated Press)
• Critics say Vermont’s outdated rules allow utilities to buy cheaper renewable energy credits from out-of-state and sell their own credits on the open market at higher prices. (VT Digger)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Five electric school buses in a New York city are part of a pilot program in which they can feed power back to the grid in times of peak demand. (Bloomberg)

EMPLOYMENT: A New York report says clean energy employment reached about 159,000 in 2018, or an 8.9% increase. (Daily Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
• Philadelphia fire officials say only trace amounts of a dangerous chemical remain at the site of a June refinery explosion, so their presence is no longer required 24/7. (WHYY)
• Environmentalists object to two bills under consideration by Pennsylvania lawmakers that they say would gut review and permitting of oil and gas development. (Observer-Reporter)
• A truck carrying compressed natural gas crashed in southern New York on Monday, prompting evacuations and school closures nearby. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

BIOMASS: Dartmouth College is reconsidering a plant to convert its heating system to biomass power following the objections of prominent alumni environmentalists. (Valley News)

TRANSPORTATION: A survey of biotech workers in the Boston area finds 79 percent have been late for work because of transit delays, and more than half are considering switching to driving. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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COAL: Protesters bring a bucket of coal to the office of a part-owner of a New Hampshire power plant. (Stamford Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
• The director of a Pennsylvania energy center says the state should join a regional emissions cap-and-trade compact to promote cleaner power generation. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• A gas dealer in New York says propane has been overlooked as a fuel source to solve the state’s shortage of natural gas pipeline capacity. (Lohud.com)

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