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Colorado leads nation in growth in wind energy factory jobs

DENVER — The Denver Post reports Colorado led the nation in the growth of wind energy manufacturing jobs in 2014. The Post quoted the American Wind Energy Association as saying almost 4,900 megawatts of wind projects were added in the U.S. in 2014, four times the amount added in 2013. That spurred a rise in employment of 22,500 jobs for ...

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AG joins coalition in opposition to PNM solar fee

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of environmental and clean-energy groups calling on the state Public Regulation Commission to dismiss Public Service Company of New Mexico’s proposal to charge a new grid “access fee” on customers who install solar photovoltaic systems. Balderas’s office is also asking the PRC to study the costs and benefits to the ...

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City seeks pre-payment, longer contract with Pioneer

pioneer natural resources

The Odessa City Council decided Tuesday against voting on an amended contract with Pioneer Natural Resources, an oil company that wants to delay a long-term, high dollar deal to buy the effluent water from the city. The council cited ongoing negotiations as the reason for tabling the vote. But a draft agreement with the oil company made public ahead of ...

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Could this breakthrough lessen the environmental burden of oil spills?


A group of researchers at Ohio State University have come up with a material made from stainless steel mesh that could potentially be a game changer when it comes to future environmental cleanups, such as oil spills. With its near-invisible, oil-repelling coating on the surface of the mesh, water passes through it but oil does not. Tests have proven that ...

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Ex-Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple dies at 73

Buddy Temple

LUFKIN, Texas — Former Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple, who withdrew from the 1982 Democratic primary for governor and unified the party behind state Attorney General Mark White’s eventual winning campaign, has died at age 73. Buddy Zeagler, executive director for the Temple family’s philanthropic foundation, told The Lufkin Daily News that Temple died at his Lufkin home Tuesday. Temple, an ...

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CSX train derails in western Md.; no injuries or spills

train derailment

SWANTON, Md. — CSX Corp. says it’s investigating the cause of train derailment near the western Maryland community of Swanton. Spokesman Rob Doolittle says 11 of the 88 cars on a train traveling from Cumberland to Russell, Kentucky, derailed at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He says no injuries or spills of hazardous materials were reported. Doolittle says eight of the ...

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Magellan Midstream, TransCanada to develop Houston pipeline


Magellan Midstream Partners LP and TransCanada Corp , Canada’s second-largest pipeline company, said on Tuesday they will develop a pipeline to connect TransCanada’s Houston tank terminal to Magellan’s East Houston terminal. The project will give shippers on TransCanada’s Keystone and MarketLink lines access to Magellan’s Houston and Texas City crude oil distribution system, the companies said on Tuesday. The move ...

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Lawmakers give Austin Energy a verbal beating

Tuesday was among the roughest days Austin has endured in years from a Legislature often at odds with the political leanings of the state’s capital city. At a hearing about Austin Energy, the city-owned electric utility, state lawmakers ripped the veil off the political threats hanging over the utility, threatening deregulation after saying city officials had failed to heed years ...

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Democratic stall tactic stalls ‘open carry,’ fracking bills

Texas Senate

AUSTIN, Texas — A technicality raised by House Democrats has stalled — at least for a couple of days — two of the Texas Legislature’s top conservative causes. It delayed planned House approval Tuesday of “open carry” of handguns, and a push to prohibit local ordinances banning hydraulic fracturing. Lawmakers had braced for hours-long debate on both. But just a few ...

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Look out OPEC! Oil ETF investors head for exit, risking new slump

NEW YORK – Oil investors who amassed a $6 billion long position in exchange traded funds, occupying as much as a third of the U.S. futures market, are now racing for the exit at a near record pace. Outflows from four of the largest oil-specific exchange traded funds, including the largest U.S. Oil Fund <USO>, reached $338 million in two ...

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