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BOC working on fracking issue

“We are doing it as fast as we can, just have a little faith in us.” That was the response of Stokes County Board of Commissioners Chair Ronda Jones after listening to close to an hour of public comments from concerned citizens demanding the board enact ordinances that could limit the impact of of potential fracking operations in the county ...

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Lessons from the oil market’s “lost decade”: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Saudi Arabia and its OPEC allies are counting on strong growth in demand coupled with slower growth in non-OPEC supply to rebalance the oil market in 2016. But the experience of the “lost decade” after prices slumped in 1986 suggests rebalancing could take longer than ...

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Groups want Minnesota regulators to reconsider Sandpiper pipeline route

Three environmental groups and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe have asked state regulators to reconsider its decision on a proposed crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, arguing that environmental risks and tribal rights haven’t been fully considered. Requests by the band, Friends of the Headwaters, Honor the Earth, and the Carlton County Land Stewards set the stage for potential ...

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Iowa board gets 3,700 objections on proposed oil pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa — Among the top concerns about a proposed oil pipeline across Iowa is whether a private company should be able to access private land for its construction, according to a state board that says it’s received roughly 3,700 objections to the project. The Iowa Utilities Board said in a report filed Friday that the objections started coming ...

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Clinton’s Iowa message for 2016 is less global, more local

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton has gone hyperlocal in Iowa. In her many visits to the leadoff caucus state, the Democratic presidential contender has spoken about the Republican governor’s efforts to close mental health institutions, mourned a murder in an Iowa City area mall, deplored the deportation of an area pastor originally from Honduras and peppered her remarks ...

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Officials celebrate lease extension at power plant

FRUITLAND — Government and Arizona Public Service Co. officials gathered under a tent in a parking lot at the Four Corners Power Plant on Tuesday to celebrate the future of the facility. Four Corners officials held the event to note an achievement that many described as an against-all-odds feat — final approval of a multi-year power project, including a lease ...

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Navajo Nation committee hears irrigation concerns from chapter officials

FARMINGTON — Chapter officials reported to the Navajo Nation’s Resources and Development Committee Tuesday about the impact the closure of the San Juan River is having on agriculture. Water-use restrictions remain in place for the portion of the river that flows through the Nation. Tribal officials issued the restrictions after toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine flowed into the ...

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Oil, gas speakers: Industry downturn will only be solved by innovation, efficiencies and time

DENVER — The key to surviving an environment in which crude and natural gas prices remain near decade lows is to look internally, innovate, and simply wait it out, industry executives said Tuesday. But a healthy recovery won’t happen any time soon, they told a small crowd of industry professionals at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual Rocky Mountain ...

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