Northeast Energy News

Philadelphia refinery neighborhoods exposed to toxic chemicals

OIL & GAS: Philadelphia residents living near a now-closed oil refinery were exposed to benzene 21 times the federal limit during and after its operations, in what one scientist calls “a classic environmental justice issue.” (E&E News / NBC / Investigative Reporting Workshop)

ALSO: A closed meeting today could determine the site’s fate as owners could accept a bid or allow a bankruptcy court to conduct an auction. (WHYY)

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EFFICIENCY: New York regulators approve a $2 billion five-year plan to boost energy efficiency and switch energy use away from natural gas. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES:
• Pennsylvania fines Sunoco Pipeline nearly $2 million for drilling fluids spilled into a lake in 2017 during construction of the Mariner East pipeline. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Town officials say construction vehicles at a compressor station site are not using prescribed routes and transporting hazardous materials through residential neighborhoods. (Patriot Ledger)

WIND:
• The last remaining wind project in Vermont ceases development, citing a hostile political and regulatory environment. (news release)
• Massachusetts asks for comment on a proposal for an underwater transmission line that would connect wind farms being developed off its coast. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power spent $2.3 million in the final quarter of last year to oppose a referendum that seeks to ban its power line to import Canadian hydropower. (Bangor Daily News)

ACTIVISM:
Nine people are arrested at the latest protest at a Massachusetts compressor station after blocking the entrance to the construction site for three hours. (Patch)
• Harvard Law School students disrupt a recruiting event for a law firm that represents Exxon and other fossil fuel clients. (Vox)

POWER PLANTS: A tax court orders New York to pay nearly $6 million to an energy company that said it was retroactively denied tax credits under a state economic development program. (Syracuse.com)

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CLIMATE: The speaker of the Rhode Island House says the state is too small to impact climate change and could hurt its economy if it acts alone. (UpriseRI)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says a lack of transparency surrounds a state plan to transform a Connecticut port into an offshore wind hub. (The Day)
•  The Union of Concerned Scientists says rural states like Vermont will benefit from a tailpipe emissions plan because they suffer some of the worst effects of climate change. (VT Digger)

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