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No indications of potential gang violence at 75th Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Never-before-seen crowds are expected to ride into western South Dakota this week for the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally officially kicks off Monday and is famous for bawdy behavior. But authorities and bikers alike say there’s no indication there will be violence among outlaw clubs like that seen in May in Waco, Texas, where a ...

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Obama to speak at clean energy summit in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at a Las Vegas summit on clean energy later this month. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said in a news release Saturday that the president is scheduled to deliver remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 24. Reid says he is thrilled to welcome Obama’s participation ...

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Landowners unable to terminate aging pipeline contracts

GONZALES COUNTY — A landowner stood on a hill of her property and watched as fire from a natural gas pipeline explosion 20 miles away near Cuero burned itself out. The red and orange flames were so bright, it looked like the setting sun. In that moment, Sarah “Sally” Birkner’s future flashed before her eyes. Under her property was a ...

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As final EPA power-plant rule nears, some call for WV to embrace clean energy

Sometime this month — perhaps as soon as Monday — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce its final rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s electrical power plants. West Virginia’s coal industry and its political allies will be quick to pounce. News conferences will be held. Lawsuits will be filed. The state’s leaders will race to condemn ...

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FBI investigating possible threats against PennEast employees

The FBI is investigating letters sent to PennEast, the company proposing a controversial natural gas pipeline that would span 114 miles from Wilkes-Barre to Mercer County, N.J., for possible threats against company employees. PennEast has received plenty of “spirited” comments since entering the public comment phase of the project last October, but several letters received in April caused enough concern ...

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Twenty states may see gas prices below $2 by Christmas, analysts say

As many as 20 states could have average gas prices below $2 per gallon by Christmas as the national average for December slips to $1.98, according to GasBuddy, a national company that compiles data on gas prices and provides analysis. “We’re confident that our projections give consumers more than accuracy; we think they’ll help them identify some savings that should ...

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US oil and natural gas rig count down 2 to 874

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 664 rigs were seeking oil and 209 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,889 rigs were active. Among major ...

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Top 5 Eagle Ford stories of the week

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5. Despite slump, Texas is about to break a 43-year-old record At a bi-annual state assessment of oil and gas, economist for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Karr Ingham noted that budget cuts and reduction in drilling activity haven’t deterred record production. Statewide oil output is expected to reach 1.28 billion barrels this year, exceeding the state’s record of 1.26 ...

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Exxon profit halved by tumbling crude price; shares drop

(Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp <XOM.N> reported lower-than-expected second-quarter results on Friday as tumbling crude prices halved profit at the world’s largest publicly traded oil company. Profit at Exxon’s exploration and production business fared even more poorly with a profit of $2 billion, down sharply from $7.9 billion a year earlier. The company’s shares fell 2 percent to $81.40 in ...

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ERCOT warns of potential need for power outages

After power consumption broke 2011 records for three consecutive days this month, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a call for conservation Thursday morning. During the peak period of 3 to 7 p.m., energy consumers in Texas are being asked to help keep the power grid in working condition by making changes to how they use their electricity. ERCOT ...

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