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Environmental activists are against it. Local and state officials and state agencies are against it. A Native American organization is against it. And residents of Sandisfield. Mass., who will be directly affected, are against it. But Tennessee Gas Pipeline/Kinder Morgan has just completed clearing 30 acres in Otis State Forest as part of its Connecticut Expansion Project, a 13.4 mile pipeline crossing New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.


Natural gas prices are likely to increase by the end of 2017, due to tight supply and production, according to Arthur Berman, a petroleum geologist with 36 years in the industry.


America’s smallest state seems to offer up a microcosm of natural gas’s systemic safety failures. One needs look no further than a spate of recent leaks and explosions.


Should current Pennsylvania utility customers pay the cost to extend gas service to their neighbors?


Behind closed doors at Rose Tree Media school headquarters in Delaware County, the “safety summit” brought together district and township leaders, first responders, officials from Sunoco Logistics, and even Homeland Security to draw up school evacuation plans in the event of a catastrophic explosion or leak from the impending Mariner East 2 pipeline.


Following three public hearings and over 5,700 comments, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has denied a required water quality certificate to the National Fuel Gas Company for its proposed Northeast Access Pipeline.


A chemical leak at a natural gas facility that had long been owned by San Diego-based Sempra Energy has been found to have contributed to the troubled health of residents in a poor Alabama community.


“When it comes to petroleum, the U.S. is the land of the plenty.” That’s the word according to a recent article published by Bloomberg.


A new partnership among scientists, environmentalists and technology experts is helping to reveal leaks in urban natural gas pipelines, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. And they’re hoping their efforts could help cities cut down on accidental emissions of methane, one of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases.


Strong U.S. oil production is helping to keep prices low, according to a recent article by United Press International.


Dire predictions that power plant closures in New England would strain electricity supply so far are proving to be wrong, according to a recent article in the Portland Press Herald. An auction conducted last month by the region’s grid operator to meet demand in 2021 attracted more than enough power, and at the lowest prices since 2013, the article states.


Leaky natural gas pipelines are costing Connecticut consumers millions of dollars a year, according to a new study reported recently by the Hartford Courant. In Hartford alone, natural gas pipes leak an estimated 43,000 cubic feet of gas every day.


Concerned residents of Gallitzin, PA, whose homes were recently hooked up to natural gas — and those who will soon have the opportunity — faced off recently with Peoples Natural Gas officials over an unexpected monthly tariff, according to an article in the Altoona Mirror.


The United States is on track to become a net exporter of natural gas next year, driven largely by the growth of liquefied natural gas exports, according a recent article on FuelFix.com.


A Porter Ranch, CA, physician says a pattern of health symptoms has emerged among the almost 50 patients he’s followed since last year’s Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Daily News.


A proposed pipeline project to bring more natural gas into Connecticut and New England will cost double what its developers claim and may be needed far less than energy officials believe, according to a new anti-pipeline study reported recently in the Hartford Courant.


The Sierra Club recently released a report detailing the unprecedented buildout of new gas infrastructure around the country and calling for its rejection, according to an announcement by the organization.


A proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through federally protected woods in New Jersey atop some of the nation’s purest drinking water has drawn vigorous opposition, according to a recent article in the Houston Chronicle.


A recent article on Forbes.com states that natural gas prices are poised to increase by 40 percent to 60 percent.


National Grid last week filed notice with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission that it is withdrawing a proposal for ratepayers in the state to help pay for expanding one of the key pipelines that brings natural gas to New England, according to an article in the Providence Journal.


A recent leak at Spectra Energy’s Weymouth, MA, gas metering station and Spectra’s lack of awareness raise new concerns about plans to build a powerful natural gas compressor station nearby, according to a recent article by the Patriot Ledger.


Natural gas prices rose in 2016 faster than the price of any other energy product or commodity, according to a recent article by FuelFix.com.