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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

ex-coal CEO, mine explosion, prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. ...

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In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

gas drilling, royalties, Marcellus

WYALUSING, Pa. (AP) — Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went. A few months ago, the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer siphoned $2,201 worth of gas from his 240-acre property — but paid him only $359 after taking deductions for transportation and processing. Brown, 59, who relies on the royalties as his sole ...

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SCE&G announces $1M donation to help needy pay utility bills

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is providing $1 million toward helping poor, elderly and disabled customers pay their utility bills. SCE&G announced Monday its donation to The Salvation Army of the Carolinas. The nonprofit’s regional offices in Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia and Orangeburg will distribute the money. Eligible customers can get up to $500 annually ...

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North Carolina governor says he’s working to keep gas moving

North Carolina gasoline supply, pipeline spill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he and other officials are working with fuel suppliers to monitor and quickly replenish gasoline supplies. McCrory’s office issued a statement Sunday night saying a pipeline repair in Alabama should soon have normal supplies flowing to North Carolina. The governor’s statement says state officials are working to make sure that ...

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Gov. Charlie Baker to sign order to help curb climate change

climate change, global warming

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order designed to limit the state’s contribution to global climate change. Baker says the order he plans to sign on Friday will lay out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change. The Republican said ...

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Ruling clears way for construction of Hinesburg gas pipeline

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HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gas has been given the green light to start construction on a natural gas pipeline in Hinesburg following a recent ruling by the state Public Service Board. The board’s decision on Tuesday grants easement access to the utility to begin work on the pipeline under Geprags Park via horizontal drilling. Opponents seeking to block the ...

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NY regulators order full environmental review for pipeline

steel pipe, pipeline,

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced its finding Wednesday, saying the Pilgrim Pipeline project has the potential for significant adverse impact on the environment and communities. The pipelines would carry North ...

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Dominion subsidiaries end weeklong union lockout in 6 states

Dominion Power, union lockout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to end a weeklong lockout at Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries. Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission agreed to end the lockout involving 915 workers in six states, while the United Gas Workers Union Local 69 vowed not to strike. The agreement, announced in a joint news release Wednesday, runs ...

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Firm: Faster-than-expected corrosion led to pipeline blast

corroded pipes, pipeline explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Faster-than-expected corrosion caused a Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline blast that scorched 40 rural acres in April and badly burned a man whose home was destroyed, the Texas energy company that owns the pipeline said. Andy Drake, the vice president of operations and environmental health and safety with Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., shared those findings Tuesday night ...

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Boston mayor hoping to bring self-driving cars to city

This photo shows a rear view of a Lexus self-driving car. Photo: By Runner1928 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping to bring self-driving cars to the city’s narrow, twisting roads. Walsh announced the launch of a program Wednesday designed to help develop autonomous technologies within Boston, whose original street plan — according to local lore — was laid down in part based on the paths that cows cut through the city. ...

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