Currents Energy Industry Insights: August 2018 #5

EPA Proposes New Limits On Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants

Pennsylvania’s state forests agency says it isn’t finding damage to waterways amid the expansion of natural gas drilling in recent years

OPAL Pipeline To Connect To Baltic Sea

The fight over the historical concept of the “Rule of Capture” as applied to gas rights in Pennsylvania continued recently as the appellees in the matter of Briggs v Southwestern Energy Prod. Co.

Sun Blankets New York City, Ahead Of Cold Front Returning Despite Start Of Spring

An epic battle is shaping up in New York City over a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion. On one side is a group of public housing tenants who lost heat during freezing temperatures this winter and really don’t want a repeat experience next winter. They’ve signed a letter supporting the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, which… Keep reading →

Trespass By Fracturing? A Theory Alive In Pennsylvania

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Trespass by hydraulic fracturing is alive in Pennsylvania.

Coal Shortage Causes Short Supply Of Power in China

The health of African American communities is a genuine cause for concern in our country. But attacking our industry is the wrong approach and detracts from the real work that should be done to reduce disparately high rates of disease among African Americans. Let’s be clear – the natural gas and oil industry is: Committed… Keep reading →

Largest Crude-By-Rail Unloading Terminal In The U.S.

For decades, the polluter lobby has argued that environmental regulations are too costly and kill jobs. A new report out today is calling their bluff. The report, from international consulting firm Datu Research, looks at a sector of the economy that focuses on finding and fixing oil and gas leaks – which contribute to climate… Keep reading →

EPA Proposes New Limits On Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants

Recently the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) took  an important first step to implement new requirements aimed at reducing methane emissions from new oil and gas operations. Methane is the main component of natural gas – 51% of Pennsylvania households depend on it to fuel their homes. The more methane is wasted, the less… Keep reading →

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

Across the country, signs of a cleaner, more efficient, and more affordable U.S. energy system are emerging. But we can’t reach the clean energy future without updating the way utilities make money. Today, utilities earn revenue based on how much electricity they deliver. Companies earn less when they sell less electricity, so they have little… Keep reading →

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

Imagine a utility receives $57 million from the Department of Energy and a matching amount from its customers, then uses that money to demonstrate how new technologies could save millions more. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? Not if you’re FirstEnergy, whose business model doesn’t call for saving money. FirstEnergy – serving several states… Keep reading →


Pennsylvania leaders have a duty to protect Keystone residents from oil and gas pollution.  Fortunately, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection  took an important step in that direction this week when they released a blueprint for cutting methane pollution from the natural gas industry. “The goal here is to cover not only… Keep reading →

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