News

10/25/2018 - Energy Sec. Perry stumps for ‘all of the above’ energy in Philadelphia, Camden

Susan Montoya Bryan / AP Photo

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry answers questions during a media availability following a tour of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Energy Secretary Rick Perry traveled to Philadelphia and South Jersey Thursday, speaking to a water conference and visiting a nuclear manufacturing plant in Camden.

Perry toured the Holtec International plant on the Camden waterfront. The company makes storage containers for radioactive spent fuel rods, and is developing small-scale nuclear energy reactors.

The company also wants to buy Exelon’s shuttered Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, which would mean taking over the decommissioning process.

Speaking to a roomful of employees at Holtec, Perry echoed the Obama administration, saying he supports an “all of the above” energy strategy.

“I don’t believe in putting all your eggs in one basket,” Perry said. “Right now the gas industry is a fabulous blessing, and thank god that we have it. But it’s the ability to have a resilient grid, a reliable supply of energy that I think is tantamount to our national security.”

He praised nuclear as well as renewables, as well as the burgeoning trend to export liquefied natural gas, equating shale gas exports to “exporting freedom.”

“What America is doing today by exporting that liquefied natural gas, into 30 countries and five continents, it’s not just about creating jobs and wealth in America, it’s not just the economic side of it, and it’s not just about the national security side of it for countries that may not have our best interest.”

Exports of Marcellus Shale gas began leaving Dominion’s Cove Point LNG plant on the Chesapeake Bay earlier this year. The Cove Point terminal became the second export terminal in the lower 48, after Sabine Pass in Louisiana began exporting LNG two years ago. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering applications for about 15 new export terminals.

Perry has proposed subsidies for the coal and nuclear industries, which have suffered due to competition from cheaper natural gas. But it’s unclear if the Trump Administration will sign on to that plan.

10/24/2018 - Climate change: A crisis for humanity, but not a big deal in the Pa. governor’s race

Neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor his GOP challenger Scott Wagner have made addressing climate change a top priority.

10/22/2018 - Watch this week: The story of environmental rights in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania was among the first governments in the world to guarantee its citizens the right to a clean environment. In practice, that didn't mean much -- until now.

10/19/2018 - Democratic Socialists are coming to Harrisburg. What does it mean for environmental policies?

The candidates want a severance tax on oil and gas, more money for the Department of Environmental Protection, and a moratorium on fracking. They may find it hard to have an impact on legislation, but hope to begin changing the conversation in the Legislature.

10/18/2018 - Sunoco: Mariner East 2 delayed to 2020, so company will join three pipes as substitute

The cross-state natural gas liquids pipeline Mariner East 2 was supposed to begin operation by the end of September. Now, the company has come up with a workaround after acknowledging another lengthy delay in its pipeline project.