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North Texas neighborhood still evacuated after explosion

WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) — A North Texas neighborhood remains evacuated following an explosion that destroyed a house and left two siblings hospitalized with burns. Atmos (AT’-muhs) Energy on Tuesday continued to seek a cause for the blast in Waxahachie (wahks-uh-HA’-chee), with the area checked for possible natural gas leaks. Monday’s explosion also damaged about a dozen other homes. The injured ...

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North Dakota Class AAA and AA football poll

Class AAA Record Pts Pr 1. Minot (15) 4-0 75 1 2. Dickinson 4-0 60 2 3. Bismarck High 3-1 45 3 4. West Fargo 2-2 18 4 5. Fargo South 3-1 17 NR Also receiving votes: West Fargo Sheyenne (3-1) 2, Mandan (3-1) 1. Class AA Record Pts Pr 1. Beulah (13) 4-0 77 1 2. Valley City (3) ...

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Clean energy in Georgia comes with some nasty side effects

BUTLER — Solar farms sprout across South Georgia like mushrooms after a storm. Biomass factories down east produce wood pellets to meet Europe’s renewable energy needs. Natural gas pipelines crisscross the state delivering cleaner energy to homes and factories. Huge turbines off the coast might one day harness the wind’s all-natural power. Georgia is finally embracing the renewable energy revolution ...

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House panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

Oil Exports

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, setting up a likely vote by the full House on a bill President Barack Obama opposes. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation, 31-19, with three Democrats joining 28 Republicans to back the bill. The White House opposes ...

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GOP members split from party, ready to tackle climate change

A small coalition of congressional Republicans have broken away from the party’s normal rhetoric by signing a resolution Thursday that recognizes humanity’s role in climate change. The Hill reports that the resolution also endorses steps to combat global warming, though specific solutions were void of the agreement. The resolution frames climate change as an issue of environmental stewardship, which it ...

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OPEC sees oil prices returning to $80/barrel by 2020

stock market

Sept 17 (Reuters) – OPEC forecasts oil prices will grow by no more than $5 per barrel a year to reach $80 by 2020, with rival non-OPEC production growth slowing but not fast enough to fully clear the current oil glut, according to OPEC sources. The sources said the figures came from an updated mid-term strategy report discussed this week ...

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Texas, nationwide retail gasoline prices continue to fall

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the U.S. continue to fall as summer ends. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide average declined 8 cents this week to settle at $2.07 per gallon. The association survey found retail gasoline prices nationwide are down 7 cents, to reach $2.30 per gallon. El Paso has the most ...

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Iran to clients: Buy our oil and get joint ventures too

SEOUL, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Iran has unveiled details for long-awaited foreign cooperation contracts which it hopes will attract oil buyers and investors to modernize its aging infrastructure, including offers to take part in joint ventures to extract its huge reserves. The United Nations endorsed a deal in July to end years of economic sanctions on the Islamic republic over ...

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PennTex announces completion of its 2nd Louisiana gas plant

On Monday, PennTex Midstream Partners, LP announced that its Mt. Olive, Louisiana natural gas processing plant and network of natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines are now in operation. According to a press release from PennTex, the new processing plant and its related pipelines will increase the Partnership’s natural gas processing capacity to 400 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d). Located ...

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StatOil fined $223,000 over Ohio fracking-well fire

Ohio environmental regulators will fine an international oil and gas company about $223,000 for a blowout and fire last summer at a Monroe County fracking well that contaminated a nearby stream, killed fish for miles and forced about 25 people from their houses. StatOil North America, the company that operated the well, can resume fracking there after it pays the ...

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