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US rig count down 2 this week to 506

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 506. A year ago, 842 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 416 rigs sought oil and 89 explored for natural gas ...

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Prosecutor reaches $4M settlement with utility for gas leak

SoCal gas leak, gas leak protesters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility that owns a well that leaked massive amounts of natural gas and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires Southern California Gas Co. to adopt a leak-monitoring system at its Aliso Canyon ...

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Ruling clears way for construction of Hinesburg gas pipeline

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HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gas has been given the green light to start construction on a natural gas pipeline in Hinesburg following a recent ruling by the state Public Service Board. The board’s decision on Tuesday grants easement access to the utility to begin work on the pipeline under Geprags Park via horizontal drilling. Opponents seeking to block the ...

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NY regulators order full environmental review for pipeline

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced its finding Wednesday, saying the Pilgrim Pipeline project has the potential for significant adverse impact on the environment and communities. The pipelines would carry North ...

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Firm: Faster-than-expected corrosion led to pipeline blast

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Faster-than-expected corrosion caused a Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline blast that scorched 40 rural acres in April and badly burned a man whose home was destroyed, the Texas energy company that owns the pipeline said. Andy Drake, the vice president of operations and environmental health and safety with Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., shared those findings Tuesday night ...

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US rig count up 11 this week to 508; Texas up 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 508. A year ago, 848 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 414 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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Pipeline operator Enbridge to buy Spectra Energy for $28B

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NEW YORK (AP) — Canada’s Enbridge is buying Houston-based Spectra Energy for about $28 billion, creating North America’s largest energy infrastructure company. Both companies operate pipelines that deliver oil and natural gas. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, Spectra Energy shareholders will receive 0.984 a share of the combined company, or about $40.33 for each Spectra Energy share ...

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Appeals court: State can weigh impact of gas drilling wells

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says state environmental regulators can continue weighing the effects gas drilling wells have on public and natural resources. The court ruled Thursday in favor of the state Department of Environmental Protection and against the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association. The industry group includes hundreds of members mainly involved in conventional drilling ...

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State OKs use of gas drilling waste on hunting club road

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MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — State regulators are allowing nearly 4,000 tons of natural gas drilling waste to be used in a road project in north-central Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania reports (http://n.pr/2bVa1fW) the Department of Environmental Protection has approved a plan from waste handler Clean Earth Inc. to use the materials on a road at the Bobst Mountain Hunting Club in Lycoming ...

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Colorado oil and gas proposals fall short on signatures

DENVER (AP) — Backers of two proposed ballot measures to change how oil and gas drilling is regulated failed to get enough signatures to get them on this fall’s ballot, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said Monday. One proposal sought to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and schools in Colorado, ...

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