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On road to Paris climate change talks, Obama detours through Alaska

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about technology in the classroom during a visit to Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

With the effects of climate change growing ever more apparent in the Arctic and throughout the world, there are high hopes that parties attending a December meeting in Paris will emerge with a legally binding global treaty to reduce emissions. And the road to such an agreement will cut right through downtown Anchorage. Alaska’s reputation in the public consciousness as ...

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Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections

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Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas office conducted 1,700 more inspections during the first seven months of the year, an 11 percent increase over the same period in 2014, according to department data. A boost in office staff ...

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Leaders seek extended comment on oil-by-rail studies

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Several Washington community leaders sent a letter Friday to Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt and Gov. Jay Inslee requesting 120-day public comment periods for the proposed Shell Puget Sound Refinery rail unloading facility in Anacortes and the proposed Grays Harbor crude oil terminals. The letter, which was also sent to Hoquiam City Manager Brian Shay and state Department of Ecology ...

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Group rallies against pipeline in Keene

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About 40 people, many from Keene and towns around the region, met in Ashuelot River Park to show their opposition to a proposed pipeline through southern New Hampshire Saturday. The protesters marched down West Street holding signs with anti-pipeline slogans, cheering and giving thumbs up to the cars that honked in support. They were there, Rindge resident Patricia A. Martin ...

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Where there is oil money, crime follows

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CARLSBAD — The oil and gas industry sustains more than just the local economy in Eddy County, it is also inadvertently fuels crime rates in the area. Statistics show that crime rates have been steadily rising in Carlsbad and Eddy County since the beginning of the boom, causing some agencies to get creative with their resources and straining the resources ...

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3.7 magnitude earthquake shakes central Oklahoma

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EDMOND, Okla. — An early-morning earthquake rattled parts of central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded at about 7:19 a.m. Sunday near the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. No damage or injuries were immediately reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that ...

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Kansas senators to push again for state inspections of natural gas storage facilities

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Kansas’ two senators have geared up for another try at restarting safety inspections of underground natural gas storage facilities like the one that caused the deadly Hutchinson explosions in 2001. And the president’s transportation secretary agrees it’s a problem that needs to be solved. Storage fields holding billions of cubic feet of natural gas have gone uninspected in Kansas for ...

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Crop that can be made into jet fuel showing promise

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FLASHER, N.D. — North Dakota’s first crop of jet fuel is showing promise. Farmers in the western part of the state this year planted 6,000 acres of a mustard seed variety known as carinata, which can be made into jet fuel, for Canadian seed producer Agrisoma Biosciences. About one-fourth of the crop has now been harvested, and yields are slightly ...

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