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Western Maryland town of Friendsville proposes fracking ban

Welcome to Friendsville, Maryland. (Image: J. Stephen Conn via Flickr)

FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is proposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its jurisdiction. The Town Council voted 4-2 Thursday to have its attorney review the proposed ordinance. Council member Jess Whittemore says in a statement he expects final passage this summer. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part ...

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Texas lawmakers champion local control, to a point

The Texas State Capitol taken from the north side, with the underground extension rotunda in the foreground. (Image: Dave Wilson via Flickr)

DALLAS (AP) — Texas leaders have sued the federal government dozens of times, costing millions of dollars, for what they contend are policies that infringe on local control and states’ rights. But when cities across Texas have attempted to pass laws on issues from fracking bans to regulating ride-hailing companies, state lawmakers time and again have moved to quash those ...

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State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation. DEP spokeswoman Melanie Williams says Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at the Mahoning Township site at about noon Monday. That was about 12 hours after the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude-1.9 earthquake and ...

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West Virginia, Japanese leaders talk natural gas partnership

Shale gas well in the Marcellus shale gas fields.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and natural gas industry executives have met with Japanese business leaders to discuss investment opportunities. A Tomblin news release says executives from Energy Corporation of America and MarkWest Energy Partners joined for the meeting Friday in New York City. The release says almost 100 people attended, ...

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