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Except for fracking tax, Kasich plan moves slowly in legislature

Ohio Governor John Kasich

The Ohio House may soon take action on a new severance tax on shale fracking, but other portions of Gov. John Kasich’s tax package could remain in limbo for months. House Republicans plan to introduce another revised fracking tax plan next week, separate from the rest of Kasich’s tax package. “I think we’re getting fairly close to where we’ve got ...

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Welcome mat not fully out, Northeast Wind Summit comes to Maine

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Stephen Nolet knows that Gov. Paul LePage is hostile to wind energy. But Nolet, senior director for innovation and technology at TPI Composites in Warwick, R.I., was in Maine on Tuesday at a sold-out, regional conference that focused on how businesses can supply the growing wind power industry in the Northeast. Case in point: Nolet’s company, which ...

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Antero Resources to supply ethane for planned Wood County cracker plant

ethane flame

Antero Resources announced Wednesday it will be an anchor supplier for a proposed cracker plant and related operations near Parkersburg in Wood County. The gas company, which has a presence in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio for the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, made the announcement in a press release on its website. The cracker project – sometimes known as ...

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Houston bayou’s evolution into busy port ongoing

port of houston

HOUSTON (AP) — A century ago, the Houston Ship Channel was nothing more than a bayou meandering into the Gulf of Mexico. Today, massive ocean-going vessels carrying thousands of containers zip in and out of the channel, where a barge collided with a ship over the weekend, spilling 170,000 gallons of gooey tar-like oil into the water. Though the cause ...

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Judge: Bluegrass Pipeline developers can’t use eminent domain

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Bluegrass Pipeline Co. cannot use eminent domain to take private property for construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline through Kentucky, a Franklin Circuit judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Phillip Shepherd held that the power of eminent domain is “an essential attribute of a sovereign government” that cannot be delegated to a private company such as Bluegrass Pipeline “without a clear ...

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Kansas Senate gives initial approval to bill ending renewable energy standards

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A bill repealing renewable energy standards for utility companies won initial approval in the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 2014 would end the renewable portfolio standards, also known as RPS, that require Kansas utility companies to receive 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, who carried the bill, contended that repeal was necessary ...

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Watchdog hopes Duke will clean up Saluda dump

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An environmental watchdog group hopes Duke Energy will clean up its coal ash ponds along the Saluda River — if not, the $50 billion utility could face more legal trouble over its Carolina operations. Duke officials acknowledged Monday before the South Carolina’s Public Service Commission that heavy metals from its coal ash dumps at the W.S. Lee Steam Station near ...

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Changes to community solar bill draw criticism

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HARTFORD — Efforts to bring renewable energy to a broader group of Connecticut residents have been dealt a setback by the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology committee. But the so-called community solar bill isn’t completely dead. The legislation, House Bill 5412, was folded into Senate Bill 353, which the Energy and Technology panel moved out of committee last week. The ...

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Allen commissioners support application into Obama initiative

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LIMA — A local contingent seeks a special designation for the Allen County area under an initiative started by President Barack Obama in 2013. The Allen Economic Development Group, Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission, the city of Lima and the Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center plan to submit an application by April 14 to be one of a dozen ...

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Carlsbad may lease well to company that sells water for fracking

saving water

By Jonathan Smith, Carlsbad Current-Argus, NM CARLSBAD — The city of Carlsbad may lease a water tank to Gregory Rockhouse Ranch, a company that sells water to the oil and gas industry. The proposed lease agreement goes before the city council Tuesday. The 10,000 barrel water tank is old and in poor shape, according to city attorney Eileen Riordan. Gregory ...

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