Northeast Energy News

Quick action prevented an even worse catastrophe at Philadelphia refinery

OIL & GAS: A plant operator at a Philadelphia refinery is credited with quick action to cut off a chemical supply that would have made a June 21 explosion there “catastrophic.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

• If the damaged refinery is not sold, about 640 union workers and more than 1,000 overall face an uncertain future after plant owners said the facility will close. (WHYY)
• A lawsuit has been filed against refinery owners by plant workers who say they were immediately laid off without severance pay, in violation of a federal plant closure law. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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FRACKING: Parents in western Pennsylvania are advocating for more study of any potential links between rare cancers and fracking. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POWER PLANTS: The owner of two western New York coal generators is seeking $65 million in state aid in a $650 million plan to convert the sites into data centers. (Union-Sun & Journal)

UTILITIES: Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci, now a board member of the parent company of Central Maine Power, said the utility should “make whole” customers who were overcharged by a botched rollout of a new billing system. (Press Herald)

TRANSPORTATION: Older diesel-powered vehicles in New York will need to be retrofitted for cleaner emissions as lawmakers did not delay implementation of a law that was first passed in 2006. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont regulators’ study of electric vehicle adoption examines two ways for the state to make up for lost gasoline tax revenues that will be part of a supplemental report. (Rutland Herald)

• Massachusetts trade unionists are hopeful that construction of Vineyard Wind will provide jobs close to home for several years. (Cape Cod Times)
• Recreational fishermen in New England are hoping for continued improvement in communications between tour operators and offshore wind developers. (Cape Cod Times)
• Massachusetts fishermen have filed a motion in federal court that is a preliminary step in an appeal of granting an offshore wind lease. (SouthCoastToday)

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TRANSMISSION: Maryland has joined Pennsylvania in extending the filing schedule for more settlement discussions for a proposed power line that crosses the two states. (Herald-Mail)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says Massachusetts should amend the law that created a price cap on offshore wind contracts to reflect changes that have occurred in the industry. (Boston Globe)

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