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9:08 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Arrests in Protest Against Plant for Liquifying Natural Gas

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WASHINGTON (AP) - More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas.

The protesters oppose the plans by Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources to build the plant in Lusby, Maryland. They fear the plant will prove a boon to drillers who are using relatively new technology, commonly called fracking, to extract vast quantities of previously inaccessible fuel.

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1:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fracking Report to be Finished this Fall

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - A state panel developing recommendations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland is making progress toward a final report this fall.

The agenda for Friday's meeting in Frostburg includes a discussion of loose ends to be tied up before the panel completes its work.

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9:09 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Natural Gas Pipeline for Accomack County

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An underground pipeline running along Route 13 down to the town of Accomac could be carrying natural gas.

No vote has been taken on a franchise agreement between Somerset Utilities and Accomack County but several members of the Board of Supervisors say they like the idea.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that LVI Power would oversee the operation and manage the financial part of the business. 

Somerset County has already signed off on a similar agreement.

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9:28 am
Fri July 26, 2013

NRG Plant Clean Energy Conversion Celebrated in Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining state officials in celebrating the conversion of a coal-fired power plant in Dover to cleaner-burning natural gas.

Officials planned to gather Friday at the NRG Energy Center in Dover to tout the facility's conversion to a high-efficiency combined-cycle natural gas facility.

Officials say NRG worked for a year on the conversion, which they say will reduce air emissions while providing clean, reliable and cost-effective power.

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9:18 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Natural Gas Power Plant Comes to Dover

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Dover will be getting a 309 megawatt natural gas power plant.

Calpine is expected to invest $300 million into the project and the project is estimated to bring in some $2.3 million to the local governments.

New plant is expected produced hundreds of job clean energy and cut customer jobs.

Governor Jack Markell called the plant a critical component for the First State’s effort to slash air pollution noting that emissions have declined over the last four years.

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9:25 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline for Sussex County

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - State officials and several large businesses are talking about building a new pipeline to bring natural gas to Sussex County in greater quantities.

Delaware natural resources secretary Colin O'Mara tells The News Journal of Wilmington that state officials and Eastern Shore Natural Gas, a Dover-based pipeline construction company, are talking about building the new line south of Dover.

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10:01 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Ban on Fracking Introduced in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fracking opponents have introduced of a bill calling for a state moratorium on the natural gas drilling technique until studies are completed on its impact.

Delegate Heather Mizeur introduced a House bill on Thursday. Mizeur says it calls for an 18-month moratorium to protect against immediate pressure to drill once the first round of studies on the issue is completed.

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12:22 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Natural Gas Surcharge Approved in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates have approved measures allowing natural gas companies to seek a surcharge of up to $2 on monthly gas bills to help recover costs for replacing aging infrastructure.

The Senate voted 35-12 on Thursday for the bill. The House vote was 120-17.

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8:52 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Natural Gas Rates Going Up for Delmarva Power Customers


Natural gas customers of Delmarva Power will see their rates go up.

The utility says it is hiking its rates on average monthly bill from $141 to $143 on an interim basis while the Public Service Commission reviews a rate hike request of $12 million or around 6 percent.

The temporary rates began on Tuesday.

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8:32 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Natural Gas Surcharged Considered in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is considering allowing natural gas companies to ask state regulators to impose a $2 surcharge on monthly bills to help recover costs for replacing aging infrastructure.

The Senate is scheduled to take up the bill on Tuesday.

Senators who back the measure say companies need to replace aging pipes to address safety concerns. Opponents say gas companies shouldn't be asking for extra money to do a job they should have been doing all along.

8:32 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Delmarva Power Asks for Natural Gas Rate Hike

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Delmarva Power has asked for an increase in natural gas delivery rates that would increase residential rates by about 6.1 percent.

The utility made the request Friday to the

Delmarva Power has asked for an increase in natural gas delivery rates that would increase residential rates by about 6.1 percent.

The utility made the request Friday to the Delaware Public Service Commission.

Delmarva Power says the $12.1 million request would hike a residential natural gas customer's bill during heating season by $8.67 per month.

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8:55 am
Tue April 24, 2012

State Panel to Review Natural Gas Power Plant in Dover


       DOVER, Del. (AP) - A panel headed by state Economic Development  Secretary Alan Levin is scheduled to hear a request this week from an energy company looking to build a natural-gas power plant in Dover.

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8:27 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Natural Gas Power Plant in Dover Gets Okay From Planning Commission



          Dover’s Planning Commission has given the green light for a plan to build a state-of-the-art natural gas power plant.

            The vote was unanimous.

            The facility will be built on city land by Houston-based power firm Calpine Corporation.

            The plan calls for the construction of two 309-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas generators in two phases.

            It will be capable of powering some 180-thousand homes and is expected to be completed by the middle of 2015.

11:34 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Dover Takes Another Step to Finance Infrastructure for Natural Gas Power Plant


     DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover City Council committee has agreed to

commit $6 million for the infrastructure around a proposed

natural-gas power plant.

     The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.

(, reports the money would cover half of

the estimated costs of improvements proposed by Calpine Corp.,

which plans to build a 300-megawatt plant. The action Monday must

be ratified by the council.

     Calpine and city officials are trying to obtain the rest of the

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