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Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said ...

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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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Group asks regulators to stop work on proposed nuclear plant

Nuclear Power, Dominion

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A consumer group wants electric utility Dominion Virginia Power to get explicit approval from state regulators before it spends any more money prepping for a potential new $19 billion nuclear plant. The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council filed a motion Tuesday arguing that Dominion is currently in violation of state law because it’s started doing preliminary construction ...

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State OKs use of gas drilling waste on hunting club road

drill cuttings, road

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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Offshore wind sails forward, but a different story on land

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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Dreams of a wind-powered nation sparked by the pioneering Atlantic Ocean project are running aground back on shore, where conventional battles over ...

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West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the Keystone Development No. ...

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Crews restoring power after storms roar across Pennsylvania

power lines, storm, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Utility crews are busy restoring electricity after a wave of thunderstorms roared across Pennsylvania. Utilities across the state reported more than 10,000 customers lost power, most of those in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties. By mid-morning Wednesday, Duquesne Light Co. and West Penn Power were reporting about 3,000 customers still without power. Strong winds downed trees and ...

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Manufacturing in New York region weakens in August

manufacturing, factories, New York

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in New York slowed in early August for the second straight month, and manufacturers in the state cut jobs. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped to a reading of minus 4.2, from 0.6 in July. Any reading above zero points to expansion. Even so, new ...

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Work at first US offshore wind farm is in its final phases

View of an offshore wind energy farm at sunset. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — Construction on the nation’s first offshore wind farm is in its final phases. Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, is expected to be operational this fall. Crews at the site are working on the tower sections for the fourth turbine this week. They’ll begin working on the blades in the coming ...

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Opponents of Seneca gas storage project reject downsize plan

Seneca gas storage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Opponents of an expanded gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes say they’ll continue to fight the project despite the company’s proposal to downsize it in response to community concerns. Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners this week proposed changes to the Seneca Lake project that include elimination of rail and truck shipment facilities and resources to monitor ...

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