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LOIS HENRY: We don’t need more misinformation about fracking

Sometimes the only appropriate response I can muster to the idiocy that goes on in Sacramento is “Oh, brother.” We are a family newspaper, after all. This time, it’s a bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Burbank, that would require all food irrigated with oilfield water to be labeled, “Grown using recycled or treated hydraulic fracturing oilfield wastewater.” In other ...

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Kansas earthquake decline coincides with injection rate reductions

Earthquakes in Kansas have decreased since the Kansas Corporation Commission ordered oil companies in two southern counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they inject back into the ground, a state official said Friday. But it’s too soon to tell whether the decrease is a direct result of the KCC mandate, said Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological ...

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Park County cuts Marathon a break on office rent

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CODY, Wyo.  — Park County commissioners have given one of the world’s biggest oil companies a break on paying office space rent, citing the oil and gas industry’s financial woes because of low prices. At the company’s request, the commission provided Marathon Oil Corp. a two-year reprieve from the annual 2.4 percent rate hikes they typically demand of office tenants ...

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EPA proposes cutting methane emissions nearly in half by 2025

The federal Environmental Protection Agency this week unveiled a proposal aimed at dramatically curbing methane pollution from oil and gas facilities. The proposal is another aspect of the push by President Barack Obama to attack climate change and the gases that contribute to global warming. The new rules would require drillers to stop leaks and capture lost gas, even in ...

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For struggling coal miners, are trees the answer?

Tom Clarke is planting the seed that he hopes will save, or at least cushion the fall, of the coal industry that is so tied to the Appalachian region he calls home. Actually, for his plan to work, he’ll have to plant hundreds of millions of them. The Roanoke, Va., hospital executive and conservationist turned heads last week when his ...

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Newport officials protest flier’s ‘health advisory’ about development planned for Banning Ranch

Newport Beach officials are taking issue with a flier proclaiming an “urgent health advisory” that is being circulated in opposition to the proposed development of Banning Ranch. The flier shows an aerial photograph of the 401-acre Banning Ranch property, an expanse of scrub- and grass-covered bluffs and wetlands overlooking the ocean near Pacific Coast Highway that for years has been ...

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Fab Lab: Where students get hands on with science

Carnegie Science Center has officially unveiled its latest edition, and it is something you won’t want to miss out on if you love science. On Tuesday the center announced the opening of its brand new Fab Lab.  The lab is a digital fabrication lab and a space that focuses around students being able to engage with science, technology, engineering and ...

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Johnston landowners hold hands to protest pipeline

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Juggling umbrellas in the afternoon rain, 16 Johnston County landowners joined hands Tuesday to protest a proposed natural gas pipeline. Francine Stephenson gathered the group on her family’s land, which falls in the planned pathway of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If approved by federal regulators, the $5 billion project would lay 550 miles of underground pipe in West Virginia, Virginia ...

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Utica and Marcellus activity in Ohio, August 9th through August 15th

Permit activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to the last well activity update, but that’s not the only activity the region has received.  Word on the press is a billion dollar pipeline system is coming to the area. After MarkWest Energy Corp. announced it will be merging with Marathon Petroleum Corp., ...

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