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US industrial output fell in May; auto production plummeted

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Falling auto production fueled a broader decline in U.S. industrial output in May, a potentially worrying sign that manufacturers face economic challenges. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that industrial output — which includes factories, mines and utilities — dropped 0.4 percent from April. The decline reversed the 0.6 percent gain seen between April and March, an improvement ...

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Scientists: Drop Arctic from plans for offshore drilling

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nearly 400 scientists have signed a letter urging President Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling in the near future by taking the Arctic Ocean out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan. The scientists include Jane Lubchenco, Obama’s former administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, now a researcher and teacher ...

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New York grants offer $12 million for gas station generators

New York, generators, gas station

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is providing $12 million in grants for the installation of permanent emergency generators at downstate gas stations. A statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the generators are needed to provide back-up power following major storms. Hundreds of gas stations were without power and customers waited on long lines for weeks at stations that ...

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New Mexico settles with Texas well operator

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oilfield regulators have reached a settlement agreement with a Texas well operator in response to spills of oily salt water at the company’s waste-water injection sites and oil wells. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division confirmed Tuesday the agreement with Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, that outlines a timeline for cleaning up the ...

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2015 Louisiana economy slows as government, services shrink

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New figures show Louisiana’s economy slowed in 2015, but expanding refineries and chemical plants kept growth alive despite low oil prices, a shrinking private service sector and lower government activity. Gross domestic product numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all the economic output of each state. Louisiana’s economy grew ...

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Eagle Ford shale to benefit from $3.6B pipeline projects

Eagle Ford, pipeline, natural gas, Mexico

Eagle Ford shale producers are benefiting from Mexico’s need for more electricity. Mexico’s state-owned Federal Electricity Commission recently awarded $3.6 billion in pipeline projects to TransCanada, Spectra Energy and others. The projects will transport shale gas from Texas to Mexico to help meet the country’s growing electricity needs. For decades, Mexico’s electric power infrastructure has been hampered by inefficiency and ...

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