Northeast Energy News

Pipeline hearing extended after delayed data release by Massachusetts

PIPELINES: Hearings on a proposed natural gas compressor in Massachusetts will be extended for two days in June as an adjudicator ruled that the delayed release of air quality data was unfair to opponents. (Patriot-Ledger)

ALSO:
• The developer argues the data does not show a “meaningful difference” and the original timeline should remain. (WBUR)
• The state Attorney General, who defends challenges against state agencies, said environmental officials “bungled” handling this data. (State House News Service)
• Protestors rallied against a proposed pipeline in western Maryland that would require the taking of public lands. (Herald-Mail)

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OIL & GAS:
• A company developing a storage hub for natural gas liquids from Pennsylvania and other states is seeking a federal loan guarantee; opponents argue the project shouldn’t qualify. (Energy News Network)
• Residents told a state siting board a proposed liquified natural gas plant in Massachusetts is unsafe in the area in which it is proposed. (The Telegram)
• A Pennsylvania audit showed that oil and gas drillers on state hunting lands were allowed to determine their own royalty payments without review or confirmation by a state agency. (Associated Press)
• A New Jersey advocacy group released a report that says natural gas is not a “bridge fuel” as the state transitions to renewable energy. (NJ Spotlight)
• As controversies about fossil fuel infrastructure continue, a recently filed ethics disclosure form shows Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker lists an energy fund among his investment holdings. (DeSmog)

NUCLEAR:
• After operating more than 46 years, today is the last day for the Pilgrim Nuclear Station in Massachusetts. (Cape Cod Times)
• Even though the plant is closing, its nuclear waste will likely be stored on the site for years. (WBUR)

TRANSMISSION: A town board member changed his previous vote, so a Maine community along the route of a controversial transmission line will now hold a town meeting to reconsider its support for the project. (Sun Journal)

STORAGE: A municipal utility in Massachusetts unveiled a 3 MW battery storage project. (Sentinel & Enterprise)

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SOLAR:
• Baltimore County is seeking proposals from solar developers that could lead to installations on up to 12 municipal properties. (Baltimore Sun)
• A Pennsylvania farmer says installing solar panels on his barn has proven to be a good investment in sustainability. (Yale Climate Connections)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says New York’s rejection of an undersea natural gas pipeline shows the way forward for states wanting to address climate change. (Times-Telegram)

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