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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

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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Montana board to decide on fracking chemicals disclosures

fracking, bakken

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators are to consider a petition that would force companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas. A 2011 state rule allows companies to conceal chemicals considered trade secrets. A group of landowners, environmentalists and health advocates oppose the trade secrets exception. They say it violates the public’s ...

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The Latest: Accord reached on documents in ongoing Gulf oil leak

Company sues feds over funds for decade-old Gulf oil leak

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a court fight over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing leak of oil from a site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 (all times local): ___ 11 a.m. Environmental attorneys and an energy company have agreed to work out differences over the confidentiality of documents concerning an ongoing oil leak in ...

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Interior Department touts efforts to protect sage grouse

greater sage grouse,

DENVER (AP) — A broad effort to save the greater sage grouse across the West without resorting to the Endangered Species Act is making progress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. “There’s some really good work going on,” Jewell said during a visit to a national wildlife refuge outside Denver, where she announced a year ago that the rare bird ...

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Company restarts gasoline pipeline after leak in Alabama

Colonial pipeline, gasoline pipeline

ATLANTA (AP) — Colonial Pipeline restarted the gasoline pipeline in Alabama that had been shut down because of a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South. The pipeline was reopened Wednesday evening, company officials said in a statement. The pipeline leak was discovered Sept. 9 near Helena, Alabama, when state workers noticed a strong gasoline ...

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Edwards defends contract with top fundraiser for legal work

Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Defending his administration’s legal contract with a top fundraiser, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday accused Louisiana’s attorney general of fabricating politically motivated reasons for rejecting the lawyer’s contract to represent the state in litigation against oil and gas companies over coastal wetland loss. Edwards said Attorney General Jeff Landry either doesn’t understand or is ...

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North Dakota borrowing $6M for pipeline protest costs

DAPL protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative committee has approved an emergency request to borrow $6 million to cover the cost of law enforcement related to the ongoing protest of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline. The state’s Emergency Commission, headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, voted Wednesday to borrow the funds from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. The ...

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Task force looking into security, pipeline protesters’ clash

Dakota Access, Oglala Sioux protest

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A joint task force of North Dakota and federal officials is investigating a clash between Dakota Access pipeline protesters and private security guards earlier this month, a county sheriff announced Tuesday. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is heading up the probe of the Sept. 3 incident on private land, after which private security guards and protesters ...

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Minnesota mall stabbing’s potential terrorism raises fears

mall stabbing, St. Cloud Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the stabbings of nine people at a Minnesota mall as a potential act of terrorism, a finding that would realize long-held fears of an attack in the immigrant-rich state that has struggled to stop the recruiting of its young men by groups including the Islamic State. A young Somali man dressed as ...

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