Tropical Storm Isaias leaves more than 1.7 million without power in NY, NJ and Conn.
NEW YORK — Millions of people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were still without power Thursday three days after Tropical Storm Isaias caused outages throughout the tristate area.As of Thursday morning, the high winds and rain from the storm had left more than 620,000 people without power in Connecticut, more than 567,000 facing outages in New York and around 550,000 affected in New Jersey, according to poweroutage.us, which aggregates nationwide utility data.Parts of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are also experiencing outages, but not at such a large scale.So far at least nine deaths...
New York Daily News
Isaias could leave some customers in Pa., NJ without power through the weekend
PHILADELPHIA — Regional power companies, aided by out-of-state crews, on Wednesday raced to restore electrical service to more than 600,000 customers that was knocked out Tuesday by Tropical Storm Isaias, and say most customers will be back on line by Thursday or Friday. But some might be without power for days.Peco, which serves Philadelphia and surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, said it had restored service to about three-quarters of the 307,000 customers who lost power Tuesday, and expected 90% to be back online by Thursday.But disappointment awaits some whose service is dif...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Puerto Rico's power grid fails hours ahead of potential arrival of tropical storm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A day before potential Tropical Storm Isaias was expected to bring rains and winds to Puerto Rico, at least 400,000 customers throughout the island were left without power.The outage affected multiple municipalities — from cities in the metropolitan area such as San Juan and Guaynabo to the mountainous towns of Jayuya and Naranjito to the coastal town of Cabo Rojo in the southwest.But even on Wednesday morning, hours before the storm was expected to be felt across the island and people and officials prepared for its effects, an internal spat within Puerto Rico’s bankrup...
Public resistance, high costs are canceling pipelines across US
Not long ago, builders of fossil fuel pipelines in the U.S. followed a standard pattern: The operator made a business case for the project, lining up committed shippers, customers, and investors. Regulators obliged by granting a certificate of public need, which includes the power to acquire easements from property owners even if they object.But building a pipeline these days has become increasingly more challenging and expensive, as aggrieved property owners and climate activists have joined to rally political opposition to energy infrastructure projects as never before, and have scored a ser...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Amazon aviation fuel deal adds to demand for lower-emissions alternatives
Amazon will buy an aviation fuel blend made from used fats, oils and greases over the next 12 months as it searches for ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of its growing air cargo operations.The deal for up to 6 million gallons, announced Wednesday with oil giant Shell and sustainable aviation fuels producer World Energy — the only operating U.S. producer of such fuels — is significant in a still-nascent industry. But supply constraints, costs and pandemic-driven turmoil in aviation leave plenty of questions about whether sustainable fuels will make a meaningful impact on the global c...
The Seattle Times
Two pipeline setbacks in two days, and pressure intensifies on Minnesota project
The oil and gas industry has been stunned in the past two days by two more big pipeline setbacks, including a court-ordered temporary closure of the Dakota Access, the main artery for North Dakota’s crude.A federal judge in Washington, D.C. Monday ordered the Dakota Access to shut down for a more thorough environmental review — three years after it began operating.That decision emerged a day after two big energy companies canceled a 600-mile, $8 billion natural gas pipeline across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Dominion Energy and Duke Energy had been trying to build the Atlantic ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dominion canceling controversial natural gas pipeline across Virginia
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Dominion Energy is pulling the plug on its controversial plan to build a natural gas pipeline crossing Virginia.The decision comes in tandem with a major strategic shift out of the energy giant’s multi-billion-dollar investment in a gas transmission business with operations as far away as Wyoming.Dominion wants to focus on its regulated electric and natural gas utilities and its push to net zero carbon emissions, chairman and chief executive officer Thomas Farrell said Sunday, announcing the $9.7 billion sale of the company’s gas pipeline operations to Warren Buffett’s Berk...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Facebook to open first data center in Illinois
Facebook plans to build an $800 million data center in DeKalb, Ill., that will rely solely on renewable energy and create about 100 jobs.The data center, a 505-acre project will use 80% less water than other data centers, the social media giant said.The Facebook-owned land can accommodate five buildings, and two will be completed by 2022. “As time progresses, we will decide if it makes sense for us to continue to expand,” said Rachel Peterson, vice president of data center strategy for Facebook.It will be Facebook’s first data center in Illinois. The company has 15 others globally. The 100 emp...
Pennsylvania's attorney general releases scathing grand jury report on fracking industry, state regulators
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday released a scathing grand jury report on the state’s Marcellus Shale natural gas industry that not only outlined health and safety issues caused by hydraulic fracturing, but also took to task the chief agency in charge of enforcing regulations on the industry.Shapiro, at a press conference Thursday to present the findings, cited what he called a revolving door relationship between the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and the industry, saying officials from the agency, “repeatedly failed to exercise their duties and responsi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Oil workers urged to break into woman's room on rig to assault her, $100M lawsuit says
A $100 million class-action lawsuit against the world’s largest oilfield services company describes rampant sexual harassment and discrimination of women.Texas-based Schlumberger is accused of fostering a “terrorizing environment” for women who work on oil rigs overwhelmingly staffed by men and located in isolated areas where they’re forced to sleep in shared rooms. This means women live and work with their harassers, according to the lawsuit.Attorneys representing Sara Saidman, a former employee who began working for the company fresh out of college, filed the lawsuit in a Houston federal cou...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram