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Feds order Spectra to conduct tests on pipelines after blast

GREENSBURG, Pa (AP) — A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the other lines in Salem Township, Westmoreland County ...

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New Mexico Gas Co. plans natural gas pipeline to Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gas Co. says it’ll seek a federal permit to begin building a natural gas pipeline from southern New Mexico to Mexico. Company spokesman Teala Kail says the $5 million project would extend the company’s existing pipeline in Santa Teresa about five miles to the U.S.-Mexico border and enlarge the pipeline. The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/CTuQez ...

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Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Regulators in Vermont appear to be applying the brakes to the state’s renewable energy boom. Replying to a proposed rule issued by the Public Service Board earlier this month, renewable energy advocates say it will bar the state from reaching its goal of getting 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. The board’s ...

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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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Efficiency and innovation will keep the Bakken afloat

Bakken production, J. Christopher Giancarlo

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. cited North Dakota’s innovation and efficiencies in production as the reason the state will stay afloat amidst oil market uncertainty, WDAY reported yesterday. “Every organization that I’ve been involved in when they’re under stress, you have two option; you can either fold and go home or you can innovate and advance. The great news here is North Dakota’s ...

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Sempra gets OK to boost exports from proposed expansion

CAMERON, La. (AP) — A San Diego energy company says it has federal permission to boost planned exports by 39 percent from a proposed expansion of the plant it’s building in southwest Louisiana. Sempra Energy said Monday that the U.S. Department of Energy approved exporting an additional 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to countries outside U.S. ...

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Counts dropped in Gulf oil spill fraud case against lawyer

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas lawyer and six co-defendants are now facing a reduced indictment of 73 charges, instead of 95, at federal trial on accusations that they faked more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP gulf oil spill in 2010. Online court records show that prosecutors dropped 22 counts of identity document fraud before jury selection began ...

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Activists hold march, rally to protest pipeline ‘tax’

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BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of natural gas pipelines are urging Massachusetts lawmakers to bar utilities from passing on the costs of financing new pipelines to electric customers. Dozens of activists rallied at the Statehouse on Monday, wrapping up a 43-mile, four-day walk through areas where Spectra Energy hopes to build new pipelines. Several camped out overnight in front of the ...

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Poll: US-Mexico border residents feel ignored, oppose wall

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of a U.S. presidential election in which immigration, border security and a proposed wall are being hotly debated, a poll released Monday suggests. A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are ...

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Hearing set in Tioga on proposed $4.5 million oil pipeline

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have scheduled a public hearing in Tioga later this month on a proposed $4.5 million oil pipeline in Williams County. Hess North Dakota Export Logistics LLC is seeking a permit for the new Energy Transfer Partners Pipeline project. The proposed 12-inch diameter, 1.1-mile-long pipeline would transport crude from the Ramberg Truck Facility to ...

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