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Columbiana County in plans for pipeline
Texas Eastern Transmission LP, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy, is planning to build a nearly quarter-million-dollar pipeline so that producers in the Utica and Marcellus shales can transport natural gas to the Gulf Coast.
A part of the Ohio Pipeline Energy Network, the 76-mile pipeline would go from the Kensington processing plant in Columbiana County and connect to Texas Eastern’s Monroe County system, allowing natural gas to then be delivered to the Egan hub in Louisiana.
In a filing with the Federal Energy Regulation Commission, the Texas-based company said it has agreements with Chesapeake Energy Corp., Total Gas & Power North America, Consol Energy and Rice Energy to execute the project.
Texas Eastern asked FERC to grant permission for the project by Dec. 5. It plans to have its facilities and pipeline online by November of next year.
Jury convicts 20 of trespassing
A jury has convicted 20 people of trespassing during a protest against frack-sand mining in Winona.
Jurors deliberated three hours before convicting the protesters after a four-day trial last month in Winona County.
The Winona Daily News reports each protester was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation, with the condition that they stay away from the frack-sand operations. Each also has to pay $200 restitution that will go to the operations.
Defense attorney Richmond McCluer told the defendants he had hoped for a mixed return.
In his closing argument, prosecutor Michael Flaherty said the defendants were peaceful, but they were breaking the law.
Thirty-five people were arrested in April, but some didn’t show up in court and other charges were dismissed because law officials weren’t available to testify.
Oil and gas training class in New Castle
NEW CASTLE, Pa.
The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, 750 Phelps Way, is offering a 40-hour, one- to two-week course designed to help displaced or unemployed workers find a career in the oil and gas industry.
The course, starting March 24, focuses on general information, safety, terminology and industry regulations.
If time allows, industry experts will be available to offer insight into the industry and their particular field of expertise.
Applicants must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or General Educational Development certificate, and they must be able to pass a drug screen and background check.
Supporters of fracking ban seek to join suit
FORT COLLINS, Colo.
Backers of a five-year ban on fracking in Fort Collins and two environmental groups are seeking to join a court fight over the moratorium.
Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, the Sierra Club and Earthworks filed a motion with the District Court asking to be included in a lawsuit filed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, which seeks to overturn the moratorium.
According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the groups say they all have an interest in the outcome of the lawsuit.
Voters approved the moratorium in November.
The lawsuit contends the measure violates state law and economically harms the organization and its members.
The lawsuit asks the court to block enforcement because it interferes with local government regulations.