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Math, wind turbine combine for foundation-funded student challenge

Wind power

Along the Divide: Profiles of people, places When math teacher Amanda Curtis walked into Ace Hardware to buy materials for a student wind energy project, the unexpected hit her. With a $310 grant from the Butte Education Foundation in hand, Curtis shopped for pvc pipes, dowels and assorted necessities to build blades for model wind turbines. As she approached the ...

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EDITORIAL: Texas quake-busters should focus on their accomplishments


Some Azle-area residents said they were disappointed with the Railroad Commission on Tuesday after they rode a chartered bus to Austin and packed a commission hearing to complain about earthquakes they believe are caused by natural gas production. Their disappointment is understandable.They would rather have come away from the hearing with the three commissioners, who regulate oil and gas production ...

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Discord runs deep on new drilling rules

oil heart

Four members of the Department of Environmental Protection presided over a divided house Wednesday night at Washington & Jefferson College. Every five minutes, either the left side of the room or the right would break into applause at the first southwestern Pennsylvania public hearing of the agency’s proposed new oil and gas regulations. Citizens who felt the regulations don’t go ...

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Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping. Rail companies want to take advantage of booming natural gas production that has cut the ...

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Iran’s oil minister to meet Western oil companies’ managers in Switzerland


Iranian oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh will meet with managers of Western oil companies on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Iran’s IRIB news agency reported on Jan. 22. Zanganeh said he will be discussing possibilities of investments into Iran’s oil and gas sectors with representatives of oil companies. “Major international oil companies can participate ...

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Center for Sustainable Shale Development opens application process, names executive director

Center for Sustainable Shale Development

PITTSBURGH — Officials for the Center for Sustainable Shale Development have announced it is officially open for business. Officials said Tuesday that CSSD’s certification program is now accepting applicants, a process open to all oil and gas operators in the Appalachian Basin. The certification program is based on 15 performance standards focusing on the protection of air, climate, water and ...

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Jones enters discussions of proposed wind energy in Carteret

wind turbines

Congressman Walter Jones has entered the discussions over a proposed wind energy facility that would be located in Carteret County. Jones, R-NC, has requested a meeting with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense John Conger to discuss the defense department review of the proposed project. “This proposal has generated a great deal of concern among local residents for a variety ...

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IP pipeline project advances


TICONDEROGA — International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill is one step closer to getting a natural-gas pipeline from Vermont to power its operations. Vermont state regulators recently approved the first phase of a proposed 43-mile-long natural-gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury, Vt. Phase II would extend it another 11 miles, in part under Lake Champlain, to the Ticonderoga paper mill. IP would ...

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Explosive growth for state’s surviving solar firms

solar panels

To many Americans, one word still sums up the solar industry — Solyndra. The Fremont company’s high-profile bankruptcy in 2011 cast a pall over solar power in the public’s eye, creating an image of failed startups and wasted investments. Yet many California and Bay Area companies are in a period of explosive growth. Companies such as SolarCity, Sungevity, SunPower and ...

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Every second counts: First responders face navigation, radio problems

first responders

On New Year’s Eve afternoon, a man was struck by a piece of pipe at a oil drilling rig site in the Bakken. He was bleeding from the head and unconscious. Williams County dispatchers tried to get help there as soon as possible. “Please respond to a rig accident north of Williston to 60th Street Northwest … Probably between 137th ...

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