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Kansas suspending work on limiting plants’ carbon emissions

Kansas, Carbon emissions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is suspending its work on a plan for complying with federal regulations meant to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants. Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation approved by the GOP-dominated Legislature to put the work on hold because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in February. The new law takes effect ...

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Storms bring hail, strong winds, small tornadoes to Plains

Storms bring hail, strong winds, small tornadoes to Plains

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunderstorms bearing hail as big as grapefruit and winds approaching hurricane strength lashed portions of the Great Plains on Tuesday, but arrived without the destructive tornadoes that many had worried about for days. A rope tornado brushed fields south of Wichita, Kansas, and another small twister touched down in southwestern Indiana. As the sun went down ...

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Kansas earthquake decline coincides with injection rate reductions

Earthquakes in Kansas have decreased since the Kansas Corporation Commission ordered oil companies in two southern counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they inject back into the ground, a state official said Friday. But it’s too soon to tell whether the decrease is a direct result of the KCC mandate, said Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological ...

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Pueblo rates not highest in state

That’s the gist of a Rapid City, S.D., newspaper story in March, when that state’s utilities commission approved a rate hike for Black Hills Power, a sister utility to Black Hills Energy (also called Colorado Electric), which provides power to 94,000 customers in the Pueblo area, including 82,700 homes. In the South Dakota rate case, Black Hills Power was asking for ...

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Fight over Keystone XL project doesn’t stall pipeline boom

WASHINGTON — In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new line that connects the state’s sprawling oilfields to an oil hub in Wyoming. In West Texas, engineers activated a new pipeline that cuts diagonally ...

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Editorial: Prairie chicken plight

The population decline of the lesser prairie chicken cannot be denied, and preserving the species is a necessity. But the potential economic disaster it could cause, especially in western Kansas, begs that the threatened status be continued and not upgraded to endangered. In 2013, there were only 18,000 prairie chickens, down 50 percent from the year before. That prompted the ...

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Study: Oklahoma’s daily small quakes raise risk of big ones

SAN JOSE, California — Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates. This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, ...

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