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SCE&G announces $1M donation to help needy pay utility bills

utility bills, energy grants

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is providing $1 million toward helping poor, elderly and disabled customers pay their utility bills. SCE&G announced Monday its donation to The Salvation Army of the Carolinas. The nonprofit’s regional offices in Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia and Orangeburg will distribute the money. Eligible customers can get up to $500 annually ...

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Order would limit Columbia Gas rate increase to 10 percent

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The state Public Service Commission is proposing about a 10 percent rate increase for western Maryland customers of Columbia Gas. The utility regulator issued the proposed order Monday. It becomes final Oct. 27 unless it’s appealed. The increase reflects a settlement between the company, commission staff and the Office of the People’s Counsel, which represents the public. ...

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US rig count up 5 this week to 511

rig count

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 511. A year ago, 838 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 418 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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Montana board to decide on fracking chemicals disclosures

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators are to consider a petition that would force companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas. A 2011 state rule allows companies to conceal chemicals considered trade secrets. A group of landowners, environmentalists and health advocates oppose the trade secrets exception. They say it violates the public’s ...

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North Carolina questioning 2 more gas station’s prices

pipeline spill, gas stations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two more gasoline stations in North Carolina are being questioned about their prices after the flow of fuel was interrupted by a pipeline leak in Alabama. The office of Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday that he is seeking information from gas stations in Raleigh and Indian Trail. Complaints filed with the Consumer Protection Division said ...

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Company restarts gasoline pipeline after leak in Alabama

Colonial pipeline, gasoline pipeline

ATLANTA (AP) — Colonial Pipeline restarted the gasoline pipeline in Alabama that had been shut down because of a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South. The pipeline was reopened Wednesday evening, company officials said in a statement. The pipeline leak was discovered Sept. 9 near Helena, Alabama, when state workers noticed a strong gasoline ...

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