Train derailment could affect 183,000 in Pittsburgh, study says

Power Source By Daniel Moore More than 183,000 Pittsburgh residents — and 3.9 million Pennsylvanians — could be forced to leave their homes if a train carrying crude oil derailed nearby, according to a statewide study released Monday by a partnership of environmental nonprofits. The report coincides with a second report from a local investigative […]

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Rail safety is a central issue for central PA

Lebanon Daily News Feb. 16, 2015: Nineteen rail cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed 30 miles from Charleston, W. Va. The oil ignited and sent a fireball hundreds of feet into the air. Hundreds were evacuated, and several homes damaged or destroyed. Miraculously, there were no serious injuries or deaths. The derailment comes as regulatory […]

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Shale Players To Shop For More Efficient Technology

Oil Online By Oil Online Press Recent years have seen marked advancement of the shale gas industry largely in part to key enabling technologies in shale gas extraction. This includes hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, microseismic monitoring technologies, information and communication technologies, and produced water technologies. Powered by these technologies, the shale gas industry has managed to […]

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Crude on Derailed Train Contained High Level of Gas

WSJ By Russell Gold The crude oil aboard the train that derailed and exploded two weeks ago in West Virginia contained so much combustible gas that it would have been barred from rail transport under safety regulations set to go into effect next month. Tests performed on the oil before the train left North Dakota […]

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Pittsburgh Center Expands Shale Wastewater Standards

Akron Beacon Journal By Bob Downing The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaboration of environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage prudent and responsible development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced today that it has expanded its wastewater Performance Standard 1 to address the treatment of shale wastewater at permitted […]

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Sea Change in Shipping: Natural Gas to Make Engines More Eco-Friendly

Euro News At a research facility in Copenhagen, a unique ship’s engine has been developed. Powered by both diesel and liquefied natural gas, it has been designed to reduce the emissions of gases like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Its performance differs little from normal diesel engines, say the scientists involved in this European research […]

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Pennsylvania Shale Gas Producers Received Hundreds of Environmental Citations in 4 years, PennEnvironment Says

Trib Live By David Conti Hundreds of environmental citations issued to shale gas producers over a nearly four-year period provide evidence that Pennsylvania should halt well development and tighten regulations, an anti-drilling group said Tuesday. But gas drillers and their trade association dismissed the report’s veracity, saying the group used flawed methodology by including administrative […]

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Incentives Could Be Offered For Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles

Bismarck Tribune By Jessica Holdman North Dakota lawmakers introduced a bill offering incentives for natural gas-powered vehicles and fueling stations in the state. If passed, HB 1446 would set aside $1 million for the biennium for cost sharing on the construction of natural gas fueling stations and $3 million for cost sharing on the conversion […]

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