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Alaska included in future offshore lease sale schedule

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Obama administration’s five-year offshore drilling plan announced Tuesday includes three future lease sales off Alaska and six areas in state waters that will be closely reviewed for possible environmental and other conflicts with oil and gas activities. The plan by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell covers all potential federal offshore lease sales from 2017 through 2022. ...

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Shell, Saudi Aramco split assets, including big US refinery

Dusk view of a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. (Image: IIP Photo Archive via Flickr)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Saudi Arabian Oil Co. will split up the assets of their joint U.S. venture, which will see the kingdom’s state-owned producer take full ownership of America’s biggest oil refinery, the companies announced late Wednesday. The Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, located about 90 miles (140 kilometers) east of Houston, produces ...

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Oil, gas not responsible for methane emission spike

Oil, gas not responsible for methane emission spike

A new study finds that oil and natural gas producers are not responsible for a global increase in methane emissions. According to the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, increased emissions come primarily from wetlands and agriculture, not oil and natural gas producers. The NOAA report comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will regulate methane ...

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Regulator: Not ‘brightest decision’ to withhold Iowa Energy Center funding

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chairwoman of the Iowa Utilities Board says her decision to temporarily withhold funding last year from an energy research center was “probably not the brightest decision” she’s made, but she doesn’t believe she violated the law. Geri Huser told a legislative committee Tuesday that she did not know her decision to withhold $4.4 million ...

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Virginia lawmakers back natural gas pipeline

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A coalition of Hampton Roads state legislators is lining up behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The 33 members of the General Assembly collectively known as the Hampton Roads Caucus expressed their backing for the massive natural gas project in a letter to Virginia’s U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. The pipeline would deliver natural ...

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$1.4B investment planned in DTE’s natural gas infrastructure

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DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. says $1.4 billion in investment is planned in Michigan natural gas pipeline infrastructure over the next five years. The Detroit-based utility says Wednesday investments by DTE Gas will help maintain the natural gas system’s safety and reliability while keeping prices affordable. Plans call for modernizing cast iron and steel main pipelines with newer, more-durable ...

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Wisconsin Senate passes bill relaxing emission regulations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that would relax Wisconsin’s sulfur dioxide emission regulations and rework utilities’ obligations to pay into the state’s renewable energy program. The bill, which already cleared the Assembly, would eliminate requirements that major utilities submit annual plans to state regulators for complying with sulfur dioxide emission goals. It would also ...

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In reversal, Obama administration to block oil drilling in Atlantic

In reversal, Obama administration to block oil drilling in Atlantic

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president’s aggressive steps to deal with climate change. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement on Twitter, declaring that the administration’s next five-year offshore drilling plan “protects the Atlantic for ...

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Facing backlash, Clinton says coal still has a future

Facing backlash, Clinton says coal still has a future

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Facing a backlash from Appalachian Democrats, Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Monday tried to reaffirm her commitment to coal communities one day after declaring on national television she was going to “to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Clinton’s comments came during a Sunday night appearance on CNN, where she was ...

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