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In every state, gains in income trail growth in economy


Economic growth outpaced any gains in median household income in every state from 2000 to 2013, a new Stateline analysis shows. The divergence between middle-class income growth and general economic growth has been a topic of debate among economists for years. But the new analysis–which uses state gross domestic product per person as a measure of economic growth and income ...

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Louisiana oil and gas lease sales slump in September

BATON ROUGE, La. — Sales of oil and gas drilling rights on Louisiana state and local lands fell to $476,400 in September. The state saw relatively lucrative lease sales in June and August despite falling oil prices. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the Louisiana Mineral and Energy Board awarded 10 leases covering nearly 1,600 acres during the Sept. 9 sale. The four ...

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Hilcorp applies to drill 2 exploration wells near Ninilchik

KENAI, Alaska — Hilcorp Alaska has applied to drill two additional oil and natural gas exploration wells southeast of Ninilchik in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on the application until Oct. 10, the Peninsula Clarion reported (http://bit.ly/1EZK1d2). Hilcorp officials say, if approved, the company will begin clearing vegetation in late September, construct ...

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NM Gov.’s energy plan ‘all of the above’

Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday unveiled a broad “all-of-the-above” plan to develop New Mexico’s energy resources, the first such comprehensive policy outline for the state in 25 years. The governor recommended a broad array of strategies and policies that includes traditional fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal, and renewables, such as wind and solar, and new technologies, ...

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Governor launches Asia trip to talk promote Alaska gas

Gov. Bill Walker’s office provided a dispatch from Tokyo on Monday, saying he has launched a weeklong series of meetings in Japan to highlight Alaska’s efforts to produce its natural gas and sell it in a liquefied form in Asia. Walker and two members of his administration — Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner Marty Rutherford and Alaska Gas Team member Audie ...

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More open houses set for pipeline project discussion

MILFORD, N.H.  — A company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would run through New Hampshire is holding more public meetings about the project. Kinder Morgan officials have made dozens of presentations and held half a dozen open houses in communities that would be affected by the project, which is designed to bring gas from shale fields in Pennsylvania and ...

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Sunoco claims eminent domain over properties in pipeline path


A natural gas products distribution company has begun eminent domain proceedings against a number of Lebanon County property owners to obtain rights-of-way for a pipeline project. Sunoco Pipeline L.P. filed “Documents of Taking” in July and August against 13 property owners who live in the path of the company’s Mariner East Pipeline project. Similar actions have been taken in other ...

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Thai villagers say gas drilling sickens them, ruins crops

BANGKOK — More than 100 students and villagers crowded into a northeast Thailand college forum to hear about American gas companies conducting drilling operations in their region. A lieutenant colonel and dozens of soldiers and police officers followed them in. The armed police began photographing members of the crowd, a menacing move in a country now run by a military ...

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