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Prop 1 gets TxDOT funding on right road


WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Proposition 1 is just the right engine to get Texas back on the road to fiscal responsibility, the area’s state legislators said Thursday. The proposition is up for voter consideration Friday, the last day of early voting, and Tuesday during the general election. The constitutional amendment, if passed, would divert a percentage of oil and gas ...

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Hightower talks energy policy with President Obama


MIDDLETOWN — When Steven Hightower isn’t busy with running his family’s company, he is sharing his expertise and knowledge serving on two high-level federal advisory boards. Hightower, who is president and CEO of Hightowers Petroleum Co. in Middletown, is a member of the National Petroleum Council, which advises the Secretary of Energy on national oil and natural gas issues and ...

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The Boom: How Penn State students are being educated about fracking


As universities begin to adjust their academic courses to cater to the growing oil and gas industry, Penn State is taking a different approach by adding the best-selling book “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World” to its Penn State Reads program, a collaborative initiative for first-year students. The incoming 2015 Penn State class ...

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Panel pushes discussion on future of energy

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When Gregory Kallenberg jokingly threw his left hand into the ‘Hook ‘Em Horns” sign inside the ILSB Auditorium on the Texas A&M University campus Wednesday night, nearly 100 Aggies in the audience immediately began to boo and hiss. Which may at times seem akin to the reactions gleaned from proponents on either side of the debate on renewable energy, for ...

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Aquifer played role in oil well decision

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BLOOMINGTON – Concerns about contaminating the Mahomet Aquifer prompted Members of the McLean County Zoning Board of Appeals to reject a special-use permit for oil drilling on a site near Downs. The board voted 6-0 Monday against recommending the permit to the County Board, which has the final say. Members said the project did not meet county standards for such ...

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Port of Vancouver approves preliminary budget

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The Port of Vancouver is making a big bet on North Dakota, and it’s not all about oil. In a preliminary budget approved by the port’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, the port is projecting $56.8 million in revenue from operations, compared to $34.1 million expected in the current fiscal year. Most of that projected increase is expected to come ...

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Natural gas price outlook: still cheap


Last winter, at the height of the polar vortex, skyrocketing demand sent the spot market price of natural gas in the Northeast through the roof. Most residential customers didn’t notice because their bills are kept level and their gas kept flowing by state laws that require utilities such as UGI Gas to make sure there is enough natural gas in ...

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43 groups to intervene in SD Keystone re-approval


PIERRE, S.D.— Utility regulators approved 43 applications Tuesday from individuals and groups that want to have a say in South Dakota’s decision on whether to re-approve part of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through the state if it is ever built. The state Public Utilities Commission approved all of the groups that requested “party status” — including 15 ...

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