Communities

Lawsuit Filed Over Fayetteville Shale Quakes

A lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed in Arkansas against a trio of energy companies alleging that their activities have caused “thousands of earthquakes in central Arkansas.”

May 25, 2011

CenterPoint Energy Gas Line Explodes in Minneapolis

CenterPoint Energy officials are investigating what caused one of the company’s gas lines to explode last Thursday morning around 8 a.m. in Minneapolis, MN. While the explosion and resulting fireball could be seen for miles, no injuries were reported and repair work was under way.

March 21, 2011

Industry Brief

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have been awarded a $412,000, three-year grant by the Heinz Endowments to identify and mitigate the effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and development on the state’s forest ecosystem. The interdisciplinary research team, led by two faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will evaluate landscape change as a result of gas exploration disturbances, assess local and landscape-scale changes to the forest ecosystem and develop an electronic field guide for onsite remediation and wildlife habitat enhancement at Marcellus drilling sites. The team also plans to pilot a long-term citizen-science based monitoring program to track changes to the physical landscape and biotic communities.

February 9, 2011

New Pennsylvania DEP Team, First Energy Executive Tapped

Three experienced state energy officials were selected by Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Corbett on Tuesday to helm the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and another was tapped as the state’s first Energy Executive.

January 13, 2011

Cabot Strengthens Ties with Marcellus Community

Seeking to shore up relations with communities in Susquehanna County, PA, where state officials say Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. is responsible for contaminated groundwater, the Houston-based producer hosted an overflow crowd of thousands of residents at a free community picnic Saturday in Montrose, the county seat.

August 17, 2010

Another Small Tremor Shakes North Texas Community

The seventh earthquake since May has rattled communities in the heart of the Barnett Shale region of North Texas, officials said Friday.

July 13, 2009

Court Rules Local Zoning Ban on LNG Facilities Preempted by NGA

In a decision that could have broad impact on communities seeking to block liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, a federal appeals court in Richmond, VA, has ruled that a Baltimore County zoning ordinance that bans the construction of LNG facilities in certain Chesapeake Bay coastal areas is preempted by the Natural Gas Act (NGA).

May 27, 2008

Court Rules Local Zoning Ban on LNG Facilities Preempted by NGA

In a decision that could have a broad impact on communities seeking to block liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, a federal appeals court in Richmond, VA, has ruled that a Baltimore County zoning ordinance that bans the construction of LNG facilities in certain Chesapeake Bay coastal areas is preempted by the Natural Gas Act (NGA).

May 26, 2008

Rhode Island Attorney General Questions Wood’s Objectivity on LNG

Rhode Island and Massachusetts coastal communities shouldn’t serve as a “test case” to verify the safety of marine transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said.

November 15, 2004

Rhode Island Attorney General Questions Wood’s Objectivity on LNG

Rhode Island and Massachusetts coastal communities shouldn’t serve as a “test case” to verify the safety of marine transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said.

November 11, 2004