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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains. The Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first. Oil coming from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation is considered more ...

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Texas gas price average remains steady as holiday approaches

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — As drivers prepare for the July Fourth holiday, the average price of retail gas across Texas remains steady. AAA Texas said Wednesday that the statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is at $2.12 this week. That price is the same as last week and 46 cents less per gallon than last year. Drivers ...

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Destination: North Dakota

Bakken tour, CTD

Comprehensive new tour takes travelers off-the-beaten-path throughout the Roughrider State and into oil country Would-be travelers who assume North Dakota is a “drive-through” state may need to think again once tour operator Country Travel DISCOVERIES (CTD) shows them the state’s wonders, including a couple of days in oil country. The Wisconsin-based company specializing in guided tours with a rural emphasis ...

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Huge helium gas field found in Tanzania said ‘game changer’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The discovery of a huge helium gas field in East Africa is a “game changer for the future security of society’s helium needs” amid a global shortage, researchers in Britain said Tuesday. The discovery in Tanzania is the result of a new exploration approach for the precious gas that is essential to spacecraft, MRI scanners, nuclear energy, ...

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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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Authorities: No injuries reported in plant explosion, fire

Two explosions and a fire rocked a natural gas plant in southern Mississippi on Monday night, but no one was injured and flames continued for hours Tuesday, authorities said. Emergency Management Director Early Etheridge in Jackson County said the first explosion occurred at 11:30 p.m. and was followed by a larger explosion minutes later. Etheridge said the second blast could ...

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North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America’s electrical power by 2025. That’s a big jump from last year’s 37 percent level. But Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president says it’s doable through greater efficiency ...

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TransCanada seeks $15B for rejection of Keystone pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The company that proposed the Keystone XL pipeline is seeking $15 billion in damages from the federal government after the Obama administration rejected the Canada-to-Texas project, a company spokesman said Monday. TransCanada Inc. filed a request for arbitration Friday under the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that the State Department’s actions led the company to ...

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Guyana: Exxon appraisal well finds large oil, gas deposits

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Officials in the South American country of Guyana say Exxon Mobil has found large deposits of oil and gas in a recently drilled appraisal well. Energy Minister Raphael Trotman told The Associated Press on Monday that the company will drill another well in upcoming months. Officials have said Exxon Mobil previously drilled another well last year ...

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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York communities are changing the way their residents buy electricity under an initiative designed to save people money while promoting locally-produced, renewable energy. New York is the seventh state to allow community choice aggregation, which lets cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Instead of buying ...

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