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AP Exclusive: Texas governor to miss Republican convention

Gov Greg Abbott, Republican National Convention

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will miss next week’s Republican National Convention as he recovers from extensive burns after being scalded by hot water — meaning his state’s large delegation to Cleveland will be without its chosen chairman. Spokesman Matt Hirsch told The Associated Press on Tuesday that doctors said it would be “irresponsible” for Abbott to ...

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State settles with oil company over wastewater dumping

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has settled with a natural gas and oil company after it dumped wastewater on two northern New Mexico roads. The state came to the agreement with Enterprise Products Operating LLC to settle for $500,000 on Thursday for the improper disposal in Santa Fe and Lea counties in 2013 and 2014. The New Mexico ...

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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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Solar panel again stolen from New Mexico boy’s grave site

SAN ACACIA, N.M. (AP) — A solar panel placed at a grave site of a 5-year-old boy who was scared of the dark has been stolen for a second time. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/6VhUDm) that thieves recently took the solar panel from the resting place of Nico Chavez at the San Acacia Cemetery near Socorro. The solar panel powered ...

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Texas retail gasoline prices down penny at $2.13 per gallon

Vintage gas pumps

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas have dropped a penny this week to settle at an average $2.13 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the national price at the pump also declined, slipping 4 cents this week to reach an average $2.32 per gallon. Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline statewide at an average $2.02 per gallon. ...

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Oil bust leaves states with massive well cleanup

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BIGFOOT, Texas (AP) — The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards. As U.S. rig counts plunge to historic lows, and with at least 60 oil producers ...

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New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 ...

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Appellate court upholds New Mexico’s oil and gas pit rule

Fracking fluid and other drilling wastes are dumped into an unlined pit located right up against the Petroleum Highway in Kern County, California. (Image: Sarah Craig/Faces of Fracking via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Court of Appeals is refusing to overturn revamped regulations aimed at managing certain wastes produced by oil and natural gas drilling. The court recently issued an opinion in response to an appeal filed by environmental groups that accused regulators of not adequately explaining why the rules were being revised. The New Mexico ...

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Texas cities ask federal officials to cancel drilling leases

Aerial view of Lewisville Lake and Dam on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Denton County, Texas, USA. The lake is located near the town of Lewisville about 20 miles (32 km) north of Dallas. The dam was constructed in 1954 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and water supply. View is to the north. (Image U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Some North Texas cities and environmental groups have asked federal officials to halt plans to allow gas drilling under a lake that’s a drinking water source for millions and has a dam cited by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as being in hazardous condition. As many as 259 acres are up for auction for natural gas ...

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Texas gas prices down a nickel to average $1.53 per gallon

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas retail gasoline prices continue to slide by dropping a nickel this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $1.53 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices fell 7 cents this week to reach $1.70 per gallon. Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline this week across Texas at an average $1.34 per ...

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