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Feds order Spectra to conduct tests on pipelines after blast

Spectra Energy pipeline explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa (AP) — A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the other lines in Salem Township, Westmoreland County ...

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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

lesser prairie chicken

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

fracking, asthma

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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House GOP subpoenas NY, Mass. AGs on climate change probe

CLIMATE CHANGE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating a political fight over global warming, a Republican House chairman issued subpoenas Wednesday to two Democratic state attorneys general, seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, is pursuing records from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts ...

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Gov. Raimondo to sign renewable energy legislation

solar panels, renewable energy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo is planning to sign into law several energy measures designed to get more Rhode Islanders tapping into solar power and other renewable resources. The Democrat is scheduled to attend a Thursday signing ceremony at Newport Vineyards in Middletown. The legislation includes a “community solar” program that allows people to join together to finance ...

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Western Maryland town bans fracking within its borders

natural gas drilling rig, fracking

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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Commission rules electric rate review freeze is constitutional

Appalachia power, electric rates

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia State Corporation Commission has ruled a 2015 law that froze electric rate reviews and could cost customers hundreds of millions of dollars is constitutional. The commission issued ruling 2 to 1 Friday dismissing a challenge to the law from large industrial customers of Appalachian Power. The majority said its ruling was based only on ...

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Top 5 Marcellus stories of the week June 27 – July 3

Marcellus Top 5

While the economy settles after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, oil prices and the economy aren’t the only things on the minds of readers in the Marcellus shale area. News from the coal industry, still an important facet of Appalachian life, engaged readers this week. Plus…scandal! While news regarding fraud charges against Breitling Energy’s CEO, Chris Faulkner, got everyone’s ...

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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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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

oil train, crude train

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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