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PG&E fined $24.3M for poor record keeping on gas pipelines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State regulators are seeking $24.3 million in penalties from California’s largest utility for failing to maintain accurate records of its natural gas distribution system. The California Public Utilities Commission said Wednesday that it has already fined Pacific Gas and Electric Company $10.8 million for a 2014 natural gas explosion that destroyed a cottage in Carmel. The ...

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Portion of expected tax credits included in budget

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The budget passed by the Alaska Legislature covers a portion of the tax credits the state expects for the coming fiscal year. The Department of Revenue has estimated that next year the state will owe $775 million to companies with no tax liability, which are typically smaller companies developing and exploring on the North Slope and ...

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Top Bakken news stories – May 28 – June 3

Catch up on the news you missed last week with our weekly recap. Below are the top five articles that our readers found most engaging. Enjoy! 5. Interest in solar power soaring while utility seeks rate cut GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Interest in solar power is soaring in Montana because of the state’s sunny skies and profit potential. But NorthWestern Energy, ...

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Campers in national forests worried about target shooting

Blackfoot Tribe, sacred area, Lewis & Clark National Forest

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Campers in Montana’s national forests are getting skittish as more sportsmen take advantage of rules that allow target shooting, even though they comply with the rules. The rules bar target shooting 150 yards of a residence, a building, or campsite or developed recreation site. But for some campers, that’s way too close. Campers point to ...

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Top Marcellus Shale news stories – May 28 – June 3

natural gas drilling

Catch up on this week’s top headlines with our Marcellus Shale news weekly recap. Below are the five stories that received the most page views over the past week. Enjoy! 5. Coal miners PAC backs Portman over Strickland for US Senate COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coal miners’ union influential in Appalachian Ohio is backing Republican Rob Portman over rival Ted ...

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Feds solicit bids for wind farm off coast of NY, NJ

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government says it will auction off the rights to build an electricity-generating windfarm on 81,000 acres of ocean off the coast of New York and New Jersey. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the lease sale Tuesday. Officials say seven companies have expressed an interest so far in bidding for the lease on the waters, ...

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After a year, WVU fracking project a ‘success’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Those involved in a West Virginia University fracking project are praising its success after the first year. The Exponent Telegram reports WVU began the Marcellus Shale Energy Environmental Laboratory project last June. The study is meant to give a look at the hydraulic fracking process over five years. Those involved in the project say it has ...

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