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Pennsylvania budget makers eye revival of natural gas gross receipts tax

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Budget makers in an 11th-hour search for cash to support a deficit-strapped budget are considering reinstating a gross receipts tax on natural gas sales in Pennsylvania, senators said Thursday. The idea is one of several that have been brought up in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and House and Senate Republican majority leaders have ...

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Putin concerned about Mongolian dam threatening Lake Baikal

lake baikal

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin voiced strong concern Thursday about Mongolia’s plans to build a hydroelectric plant on a river flowing into Lake Baikal, warning it could endanger the world’s deepest lake. Putin said that the prospective China-funded dam on the Selenga River would cause “certain risks” to the lake in southern Siberia. “We would like to study ...

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Crude oil leaks from pipeline in Ventura County

Crude spill California

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities are responding to a report of crude oil leaking from a pipeline in Ventura County. The Ventura County Star newspaper (http://bit.ly/28RlRIA) reported that county and Ventura city firefighters responded to the scene just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday.   Southern California authorities have revised the estimated size of a crude oil pipeline spill down ...

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White House says coal royalty hike would have modest effect

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A White House report says a sharp hike in royalty rates for companies that mine coal from federal lands across the West would trigger only modest reductions in U.S. coal production. The report comes after the Obama administration halted new sales of federal coal leases while officials determine if longstanding royalty rates shortchange taxpayers. The White ...

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North Dakota panel approves proposed $153 million wind farm

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold hearings regarding the proposed Stark County wind farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has approved a proposed $153 million wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Oliver and Morton counties. The three-member panel on Wednesday unanimously approved the project’s siting application, clearing the way for construction to start. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources is planning the wind farm of up to 48 turbines ...

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Md. releases proposed revisions to gas drilling plan

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The state of Maryland has released some proposed revisions to regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The Maryland Department of the Environment released them Wednesday, after an 18-month review of proposed regulations. The department says the 2015 proposal “laid a solid foundation” for ensuring natural gas production in western Maryland can be done “in a ...

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