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Researchers: Limits on drilling not enough to protect sage grouse

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University reached the conclusion after examining the effects of drilling on greater sage grouse over a ...

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After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of noxious gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage facilities. A report released Tuesday recommends that operators of gas-storage sites conduct strict risk assessments ...

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Arson suspected in latest Dakota Access pipeline fire

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REASNOR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities suspect arson in the latest burning of heavy equipment being used in the construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline in central Iowa. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the blaze late Saturday near Reasnor, Iowa, caused about $2 million damage to an excavator and three bulldozers. The equipment is operated by a contractor for ...

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Judge drops charge against ‘Democracy Now’ reporter

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — “Democracy Now!” reporter Amy Goodman won’t face a riot charge stemming from her coverage of a protest against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, with a judge saying Monday that there was no cause for it. Judge John Grinsteiner refused to sign off on the misdemeanor riot charge, which prosecutor Ladd Erickson ...

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Power restored to tens of thousands in Los Angeles County

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power was restored to tens of thousands of customers following an outage early Tuesday across several communities in Los Angeles County that briefly knocked a major oil refinery offline, officials said. The cause of the Southern California Edison power loss in Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Hawthorne, Gardena and Torrance was under investigation. The refinery operated by ...

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