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Gas line board hires new president

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state-sponsored corporation involved in pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska has a new president. Keith Meyer was hired by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. to succeed Dan Fauske, who resigned last year. The corporation, in a release, said Meyer has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, including 15 ...

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Maryland sets public meetings on gas drilling rules

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Department of the Environment says it will hold three public meetings this month to discuss proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state. The agency said in a statement Thursday evening that the first meeting will be held June 22 in Cumberland. Subsequent meetings are scheduled June 27 in Baltimore and June ...

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Northwest tribal leaders highlight risks of oil trains

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Leaders of several Pacific Northwest tribes gathered Thursday near the site of last week’s fiery oil train wreck in Oregon to condemn the shipping of fossil fuels through the Columbia River Gorge, a scenic homeland and sacred fishing ground for the Yakama Nation and others over the millennia. “We do not want fossil fuels at all ...

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Work on Dakota Access begins in Iowa, protesters vow nonviolent acts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Work has begun in Iowa on an oil pipeline despite repeated attempts by landowners and environmental groups to stop it, a spokeswoman for the Texas company building the pipeline said Thursday. The Iowa Utilities Board signed a final order Wednesday allowing construction on the $3.8 billion, 1,150-mile pipeline that spans four states, and work began ...

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5 arrested at Vermont natural gas pipeline protest

Vermont, pipeline, protest, arrested

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Five people have been arrested following a protest against a natural gas pipeline in Vermont. Dozens gathered in Williston early Monday morning at the work site. The protest was organized by the group Rising Tide Vermont. Police say one woman attached herself to construction equipment, was freed by rescue crews and arrested. Another man attached himself ...

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Iowa board votes to allow pipeline work to begin in state

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board says a Texas company may begin construction on an oil pipeline in areas for which the company has approval. The three-member board approved an order on a 2-1 vote Monday that allows Dakota Access LLC, to begin laying pipe in areas outside U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction. The Corps hasn’t ...

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Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife. A bipartisan bill approved by the Senate in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable ...

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Crews work to contain sheen after Oregon train derailment

SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental crews worked Saturday to contain a sheen of oil that appeared in the Columbia River along the Washington-Oregon border after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire, but officials said there was no immediate indication of harm to wildlife. Sixteen of the 96 tank cars on the train derailed Friday near Mosier, Oregon, about 70 ...

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PG&E fined $24.3M for poor record keeping on gas pipelines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State regulators are seeking $24.3 million in penalties from California’s largest utility for failing to maintain accurate records of its natural gas distribution system. The California Public Utilities Commission said Wednesday that it has already fined Pacific Gas and Electric Company $10.8 million for a 2014 natural gas explosion that destroyed a cottage in Carmel. The ...

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Global energy leaders look to nitty gritty of climate accord

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Energy leaders from countries that pump out 75 percent of the world’s climate-changing emissions talked Thursday on the nitty-gritty of putting last year’s Paris climate accord into action, including funding the needed global technology overhaul. The annual gathering of energy leaders representing 23 countries and the European Commission was one of their first since December, when ...

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