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Alaska lawmakers looking at oil, gas tax credit changes

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Oil and gas tax credits are poised to be the subject of major debate as the Alaska Legislature enters what are supposed to be its final weeks. The oil and gas industry is warning against big changes at a time when the industry is being hit by low oil prices. The state, which has long relied ...

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EPA aims to cut methane leaks from natural gas companies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a new partnership with 41 energy companies that have agreed to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations to help combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program at this week’s Global Methane Forum held in Washington. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, ...

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MDU part of government-industry methane reduction effort

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota-based Montana-Dakota Utilities is among 41 energy companies taking part in a government-industry partnership to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations to help combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled its Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, capable of trapping 25 times more heat ...

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Atlantic drilling off table but survey permits pending

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — While drilling for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic is off the table for now, permits are still pending that could allow seismic surveys to map just how much might be out there. The Obama administration announced earlier this month that the Atlantic will not be included in the next round of offshore energy leases ...

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Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say the chance of a damaging earthquake hitting east of the Rockies has increased significantly, much of it a man-made byproduct of drilling for energy. Oklahoma now has a 1 in 8 chance of damaging quakes in 2016, surpassing California as the state with the highest probability. In a first-of-its-kind effort, U.S. Geological Survey Monday ...

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Federal oil, gas leases stall over bird concerns in US West

FILE - In this April 22, 2015, file photo, a male sage grouse struts in the early morning hours on a leak outside Baggs, Wyo. Concerns over a bird ranging across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales five months after officials said they'd found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will defer the sale of almost 60,000 acres of leases in Montana as it works on policies to protect the habitat of greater sage grouse. That work is expected to take several more months. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Concerns over a bird that ranges across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales, five months after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell proclaimed the Obama administration had found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will defer the sale of almost 60,000 acres of leases that were ...

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West Virginia natural gas producer fined for discharge

West Virginia natural gas producer fined for discharge

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline company has paid a $14,440 fine to settle an environmental complaint stemming from a ruptured pipe in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that Williams Ohio Valley Midstream paid the penalty after 132 barrels of natural gas components discharged last year in Moundsville. Media outlets report the components ...

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Alaska House panel advances tax credit bill rewrite

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to reduce spending on oil and gas tax credits has been scaled by a state House committee, which also rejected Walker’s plan to raise taxes on the oil industry. The action by the House Resources Committee comes as Walker and lawmakers spar over what steps need to be taken to address a ...

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Anti-drilling protesters shout, disrupt oil, gas lease sale

Anti-drilling protesters shout, disrupt oil, gas lease sale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Protesters opposed to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted an oil and gas lease sale Wednesday, chanting and waving signs as government officials read bids from companies for the right to explore and develop fossil fuels offshore. Government officials said afterward that the sale — for tracts in the central and eastern regions of the ...

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Bills propose adding legislators to natural gas pipeline board

Bills propose adding legislators to gas line board

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers want to add legislative oversight to the board of an organization that plays a key role in Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project development. Both Sen. Mia Costello and House Speaker Mike Chenault have proposed adding two non-voting lawmakers to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. The state-sanctioned gas line corporation would ...

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