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Ketchikan dam project complicated by high lake level

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A dam project to increase hydroelectric lake storage for three southeast Alaska communities is underway after officials sorted out issues related to water levels that hampered progress on construction. Crews encountered some difficulties beginning the project due to a warm winter and wet spring that left water levels higher than expected at Swan Lake near Ketchikan, ...

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US rig count rises 6 last week to 414, 2nd week of gains

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by six last week to 414, the second consecutive week the count has increased after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid collapsed energy prices. A year ago, 859 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes ...

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Nearly 4 years later, Assumption sinkhole more stable

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) — A massive sinkhole that went viral in 2013 swallowing trees in Assumption Parish and forcing more than 300 residents from their homes has quieted down as officials slowly allow residents to come home. The sinkhole, located in Bayou Corne about 30 miles northwest of Thibodaux, is still growing. Assumption Parish Government officials say it has ...

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State Senate wants moratorium on fracking in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is backing a 10-year moratorium on fracking in the state. The bill was approved unanimously on Thursday. It would also bar the disposal in Massachusetts of wastewater from fracking. Also known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking involves the injection of millions of gallons of water along with sand and chemicals to shatter underground rock and ...

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Gas line board hires new president

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state-sponsored corporation involved in pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska has a new president. Keith Meyer was hired by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. to succeed Dan Fauske, who resigned last year. The corporation, in a release, said Meyer has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, including 15 ...

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EPA: Marathon to cut air pollution from Detroit refinery

DETROIT (AP) — Marathon Petroleum and the federal government have reached an agreement that that calls for the Ohio-based company to reduce air pollution at a refinery in southwest Detroit. Some residents living near it have complained about pollution from the facility. “The Detroit area has one of the highest asthma rates in the nation,” EPA Regional Administrator Robert Kaplan ...

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Costa Rica puts finishing touches on hydroelectric power dam

SIQUIRRES DE LIMON, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica is putting the finishing touches on the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, as the last generators come on line. The Reventazon dam is expected to produce 305.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 525,000 homes. The government electricity board says the project is 99 percent completed, with two ...

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