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Anti-frackers continue requests for action

The possibility of fracking in Stokes County was not a topic of discussion on this week’s Board of Commissioner’s agenda, but that did not stop those opposed to fracking from making sure the board knew the issue was not going to go away. Four speakers, fewer than the close to 30 speakers who showed up at the last meeting, continued ...

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Votes are in, Penn. Voters support Clean Power Plan

After a recent opinion poll was conducted, the majority of Pennsylvania voters fully support Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The Quinnipiac University of Connecticut recently conducted an opinion poll in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  On the poll, voters were asked about Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Iran’s nuclear pact, immigration, war with ISIS and Planned Parenthood.  During the survey, which went on ...

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Nonunion Employees: Bye-bye pension program

According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 21st, the United States Steel Corp. will be freezing employee pension benefits for all nonunion employees. By the end of this year, the U.S. Steel Corp. will move an estimated 1,300 employees to a 401K plan.  Sarah Cassella, the corporation’s spokesperson, explained that the decision was ...

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Southern Co. to buy AGL Resources

money stack

Southern Co. is buying AGL Resources Inc. for approximately $8 billion, which would create the second-biggest utility company in the U.S. by customer base. The combined business will include 11 regulated electric and natural gas distribution companies, serving approximately 9 million customers in nine states. Customers will continue to be served by their current gas and electric utility companies. Atlanta-based ...

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Low-energy, healthy homes: Europe’s answer to shale gas?

BRUSSELS – With street names such as Temperance and Hygiene and plenty of green open spaces, the 1920s Bon Air (Good Air) housing estate in a working-class district of Brussels was meant to provide a healthy “garden city” way of life. Now 21st-century planners are striving to turn it into a modern ideal with the kind of renovations EU policymakers ...

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Study: N.E. doesn’t need new pipelines

A new study commissioned by an importer of liquefied natural gas challenges the notion that new natural gas pipelines are needed for the New England market, contending that demand for the product is expected to decline and noting that the region will benefit from a diversification in power generation resources. The report, issued by Energyzt Advisors LLC and commissioned by ...

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Propane a cheaper alternative to gas for cars

A person could theoretically use the propane cylinder from their grill to fuel their vehicle if it ran on propane. The cylinder might be a little small for a vehicle, but it demonstrates propane’s portability, a gas company official said. Terry Renninger, a regional sales representative for Suburban Propane, talked to members of the Mountain Council of Governments on Friday ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania, August 18th through August 23rd

The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania created a little buzz with the addition of 21 new permits last week.  However, the Carnegie Science Center shared some big news regarding additions to its science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) program. If you love science, the center’s latest addition is something you will not want to miss.  The brand new Fab ...

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Maine gas prices fall again, but that may change soon


PORTLAND, Maine – The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline fell again in the past week, but an analyst with price tracking website GasBuddy warned that a refinery shutdown in Delaware could cause an unexpected spike in prices in weeks to come. The average per-gallon price for regular gas landed at $2.50 in Maine as of Sunday, down ...

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Mood sours among Saudi businessmen as oil slides

Destination Saudi Arabia . Riyadh on the map shown by pin

RIYADH/KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabian entrepreneur Essam al-Zamel has overcome many obstacles to found a string of technology companies in the past decade, but he thinks sliding oil prices will be hard to handle. “A black economic cloud is covering the skies of Saudi Arabia,” Zamel tweeted last week, warning that prices might not recover for five or 10 ...

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