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These Southwestern Pa. reps who support fracking have direct sources of income from fracking companies | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

State Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver) owns stake in his brother’s fracking-related company, among other ties to the industry. State Sen. Elder Vogel (R-New Sewickley) invests in two energy companies with ties to Pittsburgh regional fracking. And state Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Monongahela) has leased the mineral rights of her property to natural-gas companies.

Source: These Southwestern Pa. reps who support fracking have direct sources of income from fracking companies | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Britain has to solve its heating problem to meet its ambitious climate goals – CNN

London (CNN Business)The United Kingdom made history last year when it became the first major economy to commit to pumping no more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than it removes by 2050.

Dozens of countries have since followed its lead to achieve “net zero” emissions, and with three decades to go before the deadline, Britain’s progress provides a promising blueprint.
Its carbon emissions were 44% below 1990 levels in 2018, with renewable energy now accounting for 33% of its energy mix and coal contributing just over 5%. That is thanks in large part to its success with offshore wind and focus on nuclear energy.

Source: Britain has to solve its heating problem to meet its ambitious climate goals – CNN

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Gas prices fall in Pittsburgh area, most states, analyst says | TribLIVE.com

Gasoline prices fell in most states over the past week as a large increase in gasoline inventories may have offset a surprise oil production cut announced by OPEC, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for price-tracking service GasBuddy.

Gas prices in the Pittsburgh area fell 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.82, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 731 stations. That’s 1.6 cents per gallon more than a month ago, and 13.1 cents per gallon more than a year ago.

Source: Gas prices fall in Pittsburgh area, most states, analyst says | TribLIVE.com

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PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth continues to lead U.S. | WPXI

This tower is in place to drill into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas. This well is seen from Pa. Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County. (RUHRFISCH)

Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth led the United States in 2018 — and helped set a national record.

Source: PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth continues to lead U.S. | WPXI

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s KDKA radio interview on cracker plants and natural gas | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Two weeks ago, following statements against future development of cracker plants made by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald went on KDKA radio and gave an interview full of boosterism for natural-gas drilling, aka fracking, and of potential future cracker plants.

Petrochemical plants, aka cracker plants, refine natural gas into plastic pellets. The region’s first cracker plant is currently being constructed in Beaver County by oil giant Shell, which will likely be fueled by natural gas fracked in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region

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Source: Fact checking Gov. Tom Wolf’s KDKA radio interview on cracker plants and natural gas | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Gas prices fall in Pittsburgh area, according to GasBuddy | TribLIVE.com

 

Gasoline prices are down in Pittsburgh and across the nation, according to price tracking service GasBuddy.

In the Pittsburgh region, gas prices are down 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, to an average of $2.83 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 731 stations. That’s 5 cents per gallon more than a month ago, but 30.3 cents per gallon less than a year ago.

The national average price has come down 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63. That’s up 6.5 cents per gallon from a month ago, but 25.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago

Source: Gas prices fall in Pittsburgh area, according to GasBuddy | TribLIVE.com

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Iranian oil tanker near Saudi Arabia coast hit by missiles, officials say | Fox News

An Iranian oil tanker cruising 60 miles off the coast of Saudi Arabia was rocked by a pair of missiles Friday, causing an oil leak and more broadly threatening to further inflame fraught regional tensions between the two heavyweight Muslim nations.

Source: Iranian oil tanker near Saudi Arabia coast hit by missiles, officials say | Fox News

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Lawrence, Massachusetts: Evacuations underway for gas leak in city where gas explosions happened a year ago – CNN

CNN)A natural gas leak has forced the evacuation of homes Friday morning in Lawrence, Massachusetts, one of the communities hit last year by a string of gas explosions that killed at least one person.

Power has been cut to 1,900 homes in the city, about 30 miles north of Boston, due to the gas leak, National Grid spokesman John Lamontagne told CNN. About 80,000 people live in Lawrence.
Gas service also has been cut to homes.

Source: Lawrence, Massachusetts: Evacuations underway for gas leak in city where gas explosions happened a year ago – CNN

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Saudi Arabia: major fire at world’s largest oil refinery after drone attack – YouTube

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Area gas prices cheaper this Labor Day | New Today | heraldstandard.com

The upcoming Labor Day weekend will have motorists hitting the road with cheaper gas prices in the region.

According to GasBuddy.com, gas prices in Connellsville on Wednesday averaged $2.69 per gallon, $2.74 in Rostraver and ranged from $2.66 to $2.89 in Uniontown, and $2.79 to $2.99 in Monongahela.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission expects 3.6 million motorists to travel the turnpike for Labor Day weekend as reports have summer travel on the system up 1.5% over last summer.

Source: Area gas prices cheaper this Labor Day | New Today | heraldstandard.com

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Iran seizes oil tanker near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf – YouTube

Tehran claims Iraqi tanker was smuggling fuel; Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon. #FoxNews

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Iran says it seized third oil tanker in Persian Gulf

Iran seized a vessel it accused of smuggling fuel in the Persian Gulf, the third time the Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained a ship in the waterway in recent weeks as the stalemate between the Islamic Republic and the US continues.

The Iranian forces intercepted the ship Wednesday near Farsi Island, which is used by the Revolutionary Guards as a navy base, state media reported on Sunday.

“The IRGC’s naval forces have seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel for some Arab countries,” the paramilitary’s forces commander Ramezan Zirahi said, according to state-run media.

Source: Iran says it seized third oil tanker in Persian Gulf

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Explosion, fire injure 37 at Houston-area ExxonMobil refinery | Fox News

An explosion and fire at an ExxonMobil oil refinery outside of Houston Wednesday left 37 people injured with minor burns, plant officials said.

Exxon Mobil Baytown Area said a unit processing propane and propylene burst into flames late Wednesday morning at the Olefins plant, forcing the city to issue a shelter-in-place order, according to Fox 26. Black smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. The explosion happened shortly after 11 a.m. and was contained by the afternoon.

Source: Explosion, fire injure 37 at Houston-area ExxonMobil refinery | Fox News

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BBC – Future – How to rehabilitate old oil supertankers

The enormous ships that ferry crude oil around the world embody the fossil fuel era and its legacy of pollution. But can they be transformed to become good for the environment?

There are some who believe that these dirty monoliths of the oil age can  be rehabilitated – they want to transform them into sources of clean, renewable energy. Engineers believe it is possible to use the vast hull of oil tankers to create floating power stations that can convert the ocean swell into electricity. This is the ambitious plan to create the world’s first “waveships”.

“The current problem with most wave energy projects is that they are fixed in place, close to the shore so they can be connected to the electricity grid,” says Andrew Deaner, managing director of ShipEco Marine, the company behind the waveship project. “This isn’t necessarily where the best waves are. With a ship you are mobile, so you can move to the edge of low-pressure weather systems where the waves are bigger and there is more energy.”

Source: BBC – Future – How to rehabilitate old oil supertankers

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Massive explosion at refinery in Philadelphia: reports | Fox News

A massive fireball lit up the night sky in South Philadelphia early Friday in what was apparently an explosion at a local refinery. Early reports gave the location as 31st Street and Passyunk Avenue, not far from the city’s sports complex.

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Officials in Philadelphia confirmed that the early morning fire started at the 150-year-old Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, Philadelphia’s FOX 29 reported that the fire had been contained with no reports of injuries or evacuations.

Reports of the fire began spreading on social media shortly after 4 a.m. Friday.

Source: Massive explosion at refinery in Philadelphia: reports | Fox News

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Canada approves $5.5bn oil pipeline project

The controversial oil pipeline expansion project stalled after a court quashed previous approval.

Source: Canada approves $5.5bn oil pipeline project

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Oil prices jump after Saudi Arabia reports drone attack on pumping stations – CNN

New York (CNN Business)Oil prices climbed on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia reported “armed drones” attacked two pumping stations in the kingdom, underscoring rising tensions in the Middle East.

US oil prices rose 1.4% even though Saudi Aramco told CNN that the attack caused “no damage to oil production, no oil spills or injuries.” Brent crude, the global benchmark, jumped 1.6%.
The Saudi Energy Ministry told the kingdom’s state-run press agency that the attack caused a fire that has since been contained.
The apparent drone attack comes just a day after Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
Normally such threats to the Middle East’s oil supplies would have a more pronounced impact to oil prices. But the gains have been muted by global fears about the deepening US-China trade war.

Source: Oil prices jump after Saudi Arabia reports drone attack on pumping stations – CNN

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Two Saudi oil tankers ‘sabotaged’ in the Gulf – BBC News

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Two Saudi oil tankers were the targets of a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says.

The incident near Fujairah port, in the Gulf just outside the Strait of Hormuz, caused “significant damage” to the ships, according to Khalid al-Falih.

The UAE said four ships were targeted, but that there were no casualties.

Iran, which borders the strait, called the incident “worrisome and dreadful” and called for a full investigation.

It is not known who carried out the alleged attack, which comes amid heightened tension in the area.

Source: Two Saudi oil tankers ‘sabotaged’ in the Gulf – BBC News

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Cleanup continuing in Houston Ship Channel after vessels collide and spill gas product – CNN

Ship and barge traffic is resuming in the Houston Ship Channel as cleanup efforts continue in the aftermath of a spill that sent thousands of barrels of gasoline blending product into the channel, officials said Sunday

Source: Cleanup continuing in Houston Ship Channel after vessels collide and spill gas product – CNN

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3 sets of human remains found in rubble of Virginia gas station explosion

Rescue crews have been combing through the rubble for three to five people who might have been at the site before the Saturday morning blast.

Four injured in the explosion were taken to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital hospital.

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State police opened a criminal investigation at the behest of local authorities. However, Garletts emphasized that every investigation by his bureau is a criminal inquiry until the facts prove otherwise.

Source: 3 sets of human remains found in rubble of Virginia gas station explosion