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Fed judge to decide whether climate change lawsuit proceeds

American flag, pipeline protest

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon, is considering arguments about whether a lawsuit brought by a group of children and a leading climate scientist can go forward. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit alleges that the federal government has known for more than 50 years that carbon pollution causes climate change, but it has failed to implement plans to ...

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Dakota Access CEO: Company committed to finishing project

pipeline safety

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of a Texas company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline told employees Tuesday that it is committed to the project despite strong opposition and a federal order to halt construction near an American Indian reservation in North Dakota. Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren said in a memo to employees that the four-state, ...

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UMH Properties Inc. Announces Grand Opening Event for Manufactured Home Model Home Sales Center in West Lafayette, Indiana

Woods Edge, manufactured home, sales center

Freehold, New Jersey–UMH Properties Inc. (NYSE:UMH) announces the grand opening of the Woods Edge Sales Center, situated at the back entrance of their manufactured home community in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Woods Edge was recently acquired by UMH Properties in October of 2015 and is just one of 98 UMH communities across the Midwest and Northeast. This Grand Opening Event will ...

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Energy secretary: Administration working hard for coal power

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the “war on coal” political messaging is untrue, adding that the Obama administration is working to keep coal an important part of a low-carbon energy future. Moniz spoke Monday at West Virginia University during the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum. He also toured Longview Power’s coal-fired plant with Sen. Joe ...

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Analysis: Turf wars steal spotlight from Louisiana coastal issue

Louisiana, coastal wetlands, coastal loss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When a south Louisiana flood board and a few coastal parishes took oil and gas companies to court over coastal wetland loss it looked like a new chapter might be opening in Louisiana: government agencies taking political risks to hold a major industry accountable for environmental damage. Fans of old fashioned Louisiana politics can take heart, ...

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US rig count up 11 this week to 508; Texas up 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 508. A year ago, 848 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 414 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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If a top drive motor design has worked for 50 years, why change it? Because new technology gives you more horsepower and torque

high power density motor, Ward Leonard

Oft times when something is working, the prevailing attitude is usually, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Especially if something has been working for more than 50 years. That pretty much describes what has happened with top drive motors in the oil patch.  The induction motors really hadn’t changed since their introduction in 1982. They seemed to work well, ...

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Oil spill caused by contractor working on island restoration

oil, saltwater spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil spill found in south Louisiana this week was caused by a contractor working on an environmental restoration project funded after the larger BP oil spill. The Coast Guard learned Monday that roughly 5,300 gallons of crude oil had leaked into Bay Long, part of Barataria Bay. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2cosNe9 ) an excavating marsh ...

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OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

solar panel, Obama legacy, clean energy

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama’s presidency, slicing the nation’s output of polluting gases that are warming Earth. As politicians tangled in the U.S. and on the world stage, the U.S. slowly but surely ...

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