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Why Some Pennsylvania Democrats Supported the Keystone Pipeline

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a flashpoint in the battle between environmentalists and the oil industry. Some Pennsylvania Democrats voted against their party, and supported the pipeline.

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Delaware River Basin Commission to Review Proposed PennEast Pipeline

A stalemate at the Delaware River Basin Commission has kept natural gas drillers out of the watershed since 2010. But the multi-state commission will help determine whether a new natural gas pipeline can move forward.

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Former DEP Head Tapped as Wolf's Chief of Staff

Former Pennsylvania DEP secretary Katie McGinty failed to win the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania Governor last spring, but she has nabbed one of the top spots in Governor-elect Tom Wolf's administration. That could have implications for how the state moves forward on energy and environmental issues.

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Three Questions About the U.S. and China Climate Deal

This week the U.S. pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions down to about a quarter of 2005 levels in the next decade. This bumps up President Obama’s commitment to cracking down on emissions to stave off climate change. We check in with Bloomberg News' Washington reporter Mark Drajem.

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‘WV Host Farms’ Offers Researchers Birdseye View of Gas Drilling

An organization started in Doddridge County, W.Va. has been teaming with scientists to try to get a better handle on the impacts of horizontal drilling and the ancillary processes that support it. WV Host Farms brings together landowners, researchers, students, and news reporters to take a close look at what is locally referred to as “ground zero” of Marcellus shale fracking.

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Post-Election Energy and Environment Roundup

Democratic Governor-elect Tom Wolf said in his victory speech said the state must take advantage of natural resources responsibly. Wolf plans a new tax on natural gas drilling. Neighboring Ohio, which re-elected its Republican governor, is also debating gas development.

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'Cans for Pets' Boosts Recycling, Helps Shelters

Recycling just one aluminum can save enough energy to run a television for three hours. But some segments of the population apparently haven’t heard that message—like pet owners. A program in Pittsburgh is helping motivate people to recycle more pet food cans.

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Sunoco Logistics Announces Second, Bigger Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

Philadelphia-based company Sunoco Logistics has announced a new $2.5 billion pipeline project to move natural gas liquids across the state.

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Sustainability Pioneers: The Journey Begins

Sustainability Pioneers, a series of short documentaries on the transition to sustainable energy, begins by looking at how energy is being produced in Pennsylvania in 2014. These episodes look at how energy use affects air, climate and public health.

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More Study Needed on Fracking and Health Impacts

Several studies are raising alarms that health effects from fracking are real, but whether these will change drilling regulations is unknown. A debate is underway over how much evidence is 'enough' to make conclusions about fracking's health impacts. 

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