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Green rigs and ham: Dr. Seuss the oilman

Dr. Seuss, oilman, Standard oil

Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known by the pen name Dr. Seuss, began his career by introducing the nation to his imaginative characters and cadenced text by creating advertisements for New Jersey-based Standard Oil. The company produced various consumer products derived from petroleum, and Geisel began promoting “Flit,” a popular insect repellent that guarded folks against flies and mosquitoes. In late ...

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Utility head blamed for late mention of Fukushima ‘meltdown’

Juan Carlos Lentijo, team leader for an IAEA mission to review Japan's plans and work to decontaminate the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, looks at tanks holding contaminated water and the Unit 4 and Unit 3 reactor buildings during a tour of the tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant. (Photo credit: Susanna Loof - IAEA)

TOKYO (AP) — An outside investigation team appointed by the operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that an instruction from then-company president to avoid mentioning “meltdown” delayed disclosure of the status of three reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co. described the Fukushima reactors’ condition as less serious “core damage” for two months after the March 2011 earthquake and ...

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New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

Louisiana oil spill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 ...

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Pennsylvania counties see less money from gas drilling fee

Marcellus shale gas-drilling site along PA Route 87, Lycoming County. (Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania counties and municipal governments will see less money from a state fee on Marcellus Shale gas wells, as expected. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said Wednesday that impact fee revenue from Marcellus Shale wells dropped by $36 million to about $188 million. That’s the lowest annual payment in the five-year history of the impact fee, ...

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US retail sales rose in May despite slower hiring

FILE - In this April 5, 2016, file photo, customers shop at a Bed Bath & Beyond, in New York. On Tuesday, June 14, the Commerce Department releases releases U.S. retail sales data for May. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. shoppers increased their spending in May, a sign that consumers are undeterred by the recent slowdown in hiring. The Commerce Department said Tuesday retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent last month, the second straight increase after a 1.3 percent gain in April. Retail sales appear to be improving after a weak start to 2016, ...

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Vermont pipeline protester pleads not guilty to charges

Dakota Access, Oglala Sioux protest

MONKTON, Vt. (AP) — A Montpelier man has denied charges stemming from when he spent six days up a tree in protest of the construction of a Vermont Gas Systems pipeline. Thirty-one-year-old Samuel Jessup pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Addison County to misdemeanor charges of trespassing and resisting arrest. Police say Jessup lived for nearly a week on a platform ...

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Cincinnati opposing proposed natural gas pipeline

Image: Consumers Energy via Flickr

BLUE ASH, Ohio (AP) — Cincinnati is opposing proposals to build a 12-mile natural gas pipeline that would replace an existing line that has been in place since the 1950s. Duke Energy met with residents in a Cincinnati suburb Wednesday to answer questions about the company’s pipeline proposals in Hamilton County. The energy company says a study found the existing ...

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