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Coalitions representing anti-pipeline groups holding summit

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (AP) — Dozens of organizations opposed to two multibillion dollar natural pipelines proposed in Virginia and West Virginia are coming together for a summit. The gathering Saturday in Weyers Cave brings together the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance and Protect our Water Heritage Rights, or POWHR. The alliance represents nearly 50 members opposed to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, while the POWHR ...

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Pipeline developers vow to fight New York permit rejection

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Developers of a 124-mile pipeline designed to transport natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale fields say they’ll challenge New York’s rejection of a critical permit. The Constitution Pipeline Company said Monday that the Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial letter includes “flagrant misstatements and inaccurate allegations” and is driven by politics. The DEC on Friday denied a water ...

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West Virginia, Japanese leaders talk natural gas partnership

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and natural gas industry executives have met with Japanese business leaders to discuss investment opportunities. A Tomblin news release says executives from Energy Corporation of America and MarkWest Energy Partners joined for the meeting Friday in New York City. The release says almost 100 people attended, ...

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Constitution pipeline ready to go, Kinder Morgan project shelved

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While one company has shelved plans for a natural gas pipeline from New York into New England, another project following a similar route is poised to proceed. Constitution Pipeline spokesman Christopher Stockton says Thursday that the pipeline from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to eastern New York is supported by firm customer commitments. Project partners include Cabot ...

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Firm suspends plans to build $3.3B natural gas pipeline

BOSTON (AP) — Plans to build a $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline from New York into New England through western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have been suspended. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. announced Wednesday it has decided to stop work on the project. It cited a lack of contracts with gas distribution companies. The company also said New England states ...

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Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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New Mexico land commissioner opposes flaring rules

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn isn’t a fan of the Obama administration’s plan to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land. Dunn announced Thursday that his office has submitted comments in opposition of the proposed venting and flaring regulations. Dunn says a committee was formed in New ...

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EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped proposed language from new vehicle emissions restrictions following concerns raised by auto racing. The new standards limiting climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty engines had included pollution controls on vehicles modified for racing. Both auto racers and members of Congress objected to the proposed language, saying that complying would ...

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Group sues Interior Department over deep-sea well permits

Group sues Interior Department over deep-sea well permits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group sued the Interior Department on Wednesday for what it called the “fast track” permitting of potentially dangerous oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters. The action came on the sixth anniversary of the nation’s largest offshore oil spill. The federal lawsuit, filed by the California-based Center for Biological Diversity in Washington, D.C., ...

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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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