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New Mexico Gas Co. plans natural gas pipeline to Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gas Co. says it’ll seek a federal permit to begin building a natural gas pipeline from southern New Mexico to Mexico. Company spokesman Teala Kail says the $5 million project would extend the company’s existing pipeline in Santa Teresa about five miles to the U.S.-Mexico border and enlarge the pipeline. The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/CTuQez ...

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Turkmenistan abolishes agencies managing key gas industry

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ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan, which holds the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves that are the base of its economy, has abolished two of the primary government agencies responsible for the sector. The government newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan on Saturday said President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov had ordered the disbanding of the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the State Agency For Managing ...

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Sempra gets OK to boost exports from proposed expansion

CAMERON, La. (AP) — A San Diego energy company says it has federal permission to boost planned exports by 39 percent from a proposed expansion of the plant it’s building in southwest Louisiana. Sempra Energy said Monday that the U.S. Department of Energy approved exporting an additional 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to countries outside U.S. ...

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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

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CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living ...

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US rig count up 7 this week to 447

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by seven this week to 447. A year ago, 857 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 357 rigs sought oil and 89 explored for natural gas ...

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US rig count up 9 last week to 440

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by nine last week to 440. A year ago, 863 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 351 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas last week. ...

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Western Maryland town bans fracking within its borders

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FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is banning hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its borders. The Town Council approved the ban on a 5-1 vote Tuesday. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus shale rock formation. State environmental regulators are developing rules to allow companies to use the technique ...

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Al Gore’s daughter among 23 arrested in pipeline protest

Karenna Gore, pipeline protest

BOSTON (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter was among 23 people arrested during a protest of a pipeline under construction. The arrests happened Wednesday at the site of Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline in Boston. Karenna Gore was among demonstrators who tried to block construction activity on the site by lying in a trench dug for the ...

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US finishes plan to protect Roan Plateau in western Colorado

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DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers have taken another step toward protecting most of western Colorado’s wild Roan Plateau from natural gas drilling, releasing a revised plan that puts many areas off-limits. The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday the plan puts in place the provisions of a 2014 compromise among conservation groups and natural gas producer Bill Barrett Corp. ...

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Natural gas plant explosion causes damage, no injuries [VIDEO]

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Two explosions in natural gas plant last night in Mississippi were felt as far away as ten miles, according to ABC’s Biloxi affiliate, WLOX. Two explosions and a fire caused significant damage, but no injuries were reported. Steve Alexander of Fox10TV.com interviewed Earl Etheridge, director of the Jackson County Office of Emergency Services, who said, “Two employees were on duty at the ...

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