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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

ex-coal CEO, mine explosion, prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. ...

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Report shows Bakken production increases for July

pump jack, north dakota oil production

Oilprice.com recently reported Bakken oil production was up 3,046 barrels per day in July, despite an overall down trend. The report shows a preliminary total of 13,255 producing wells and a current (September) rig count of 33. This compares to an all-time high of 218 in May 2012. The rig count continues to slowly increase. Oilprice noted that over 98 ...

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USGS says 3.5-magnitude earthquake hits northern Oklahoma

Oklahoma earthquake, wastewater disposal well

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Oklahoma on Tuesday morning, hitting the same spot where a record-setting temblor was centered a month ago. The U.S. Geological Survey says Tuesday’s earthquake hit shortly after 4 a.m. with an epicenter about 10 miles northwest of Pawnee, or about 75 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. There are no reports of ...

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Oil pipeline protester accused of terrorizing officer

DAPL protest

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota authorities have issued an arrest warrant accusing a pipeline protester on horseback of charging at a police officer. Mason Redwing, of Fort Thompson, South Dakota, is wanted on felony charges of terrorizing and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 28 incident near St. Anthony. He’s also wanted on a previous warrant for criminal trespass. The ...

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NC regulator OKs Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas merger

Duke Energy, pollution, divestment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are allowing Duke Energy to expand from being the country’s largest electricity company to selling natural gas. Duke Energy Corp. said in a statement Thursday that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has allowed its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. The regulatory approval is the last needed for the deal. The transaction is ...

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15 Las Vegas Strip properties unplugging from NV Energy grid

Las Vegas, Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nobody will flip a switch, and lights aren’t expected to flutter on casino floors when 15 Las Vegas Strip properties start parting ways overnight with NV Energy. MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts will start buying electricity Saturday from private providers on the open market after a yearlong effort to unplug from the state’s dominant electric ...

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Company settles with feds over renewable fuel violation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A company has agreed to pay $27 million in a settlement over violations of biofuel exports. The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced the settlement with Chemoil, which sells renewable fuel, diesel and oil products from San Francisco. The civil penalty is the largest under the EPA’s fuels program. The agencies said ...

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US Justice Department investigating Chesapeake Energy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into possible antitrust violations by Chesapeake Energy Corp. The Journal Record reports (http://bit.ly/2dwWCJ5 ) the agency has subpoenaed documents related to how the driller pays royalty owners and accounts for oil and gas reserves. Chesapeake disclosed the subpoena Thursday in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities ...

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