Northeast Energy News

Study: Frack wells are too close to homes in Pennsylvania

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania regulators should more than double the required distance between frack wells and homes to protect public health, according to a new study. (Environmental Health News)

PIPELINES:
• Sunoco replaces a section of its newly laid Mariner East 2 pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania due to a “coating issue.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• An environmental activist explains why her organization is fighting a natural gas pipeline slated to run beneath the Potomac River in Maryland. (The Real News Network)

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EPA:
• Connecticut officials say the Trump administration’s plan to let states decide how to regulate coal-fired power plants will disproportionately harm their state due to pollution from upwind states. (WSHU)
• Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says his administration will oppose the EPA’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan, calling it “simply the wrong approach.” (news release)

POLICY: Philadelphia officials release a roadmap for reducing the city’s carbon footprint. (Generocity)

ADVOCACY: Environmental activists are calling the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo every Monday to push him to oppose natural gas projects in the state. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

GRID: New England’s grid operator is working to thwart a possible fuel and power shortage before the onset of winter. (Argus Media)

RENEWABLES: New York lawmakers give their opinion on whether the state can meet its goals to scale up renewables. (City & State)

SOLAR: New York state releases a Municipal Solar Procurement Toolkit for communities seeking to develop solar projects on landfills, brownfields and other underutilized sites. (news release)

WIND: The United States only has five offshore wind turbines, located off the coast of Rhode Island, but the industry is on the brink of rapid growth. (Yale Climate Connections)

BIOMASS: While forestry industry advocates push to overturn New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill to provide price supports for biomass plants, some experts say more widespread use of pellet stoves could provide new uses for low-grade wood products. (Energy News Network)

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EFFICIENCY: A voluntary program in Delaware that informs customers when the grid is nearing a peak energy-use period has saved ratepayers $27 million. (Delaware Business Now)

COMMENTARY: New Hampshire was right to stop Northern Pass, and Maine should do the same by rejecting Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts, says the CEO of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. (Bangor Daily News)

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