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Oil-dependent New Mexico joins climate-change coalition

Pump jack and flare operating in the Permian Basin, Eddy County, New Mexico. (Image: Blake Thornberry via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of 17 state attorneys general to combat global warming by examining whether fossil fuel companies misled investors or the public on the impact of their business. State Deputy Attorney General Tania Maestas met Tuesday in New York with other prosecutors in the coalition. New Mexico depends heavily ...

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Governor, industry urge cautious hand in regulating oil, gas

rig count

DENVER (AP) — Collaboration and negotiation allowed Colorado to draw up oil and gas regulations that protect the public and the environment while encouraging a lucrative state industry, the governor and the president of an industry group say. Gov. John Hickenlooper and American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard talked Thursday about regulation, the future of the industry and the possibility ...

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Nebraska approves new regulations for oil and gas industry

North Dakota oil production

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has adopted new regulations for the state’s oil and gas industry. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the measure into law on Wednesday. The law by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala will require periodic sampling and reporting of fracking waste fluids and monitoring of produced water transporters. It also reduces the “promotional” duties of the Nebraska Oil ...

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Hybrid airship deal could benefit oil, mining industries

A digital rendering of Hybrid Enterprises' hybrid airship. (Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The long-held vision of giant airships nearly the length of a Canadian football field delivering workers and supplies to the oilsands and the North’s mining sector is a step closer to reality. U.S.-based Lockheed Martin has announced it has a letter of intent to sell 12 hybrid airships to Straightline Aviation of the United Kingdom. Straightline ...

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Clean power debate flares up in Colorado

Clean power debate flares up in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — A national debate over global warming has turned into a major sticking point at the Colorado Legislature, where Democrats and Republicans this week started tussling over paying for efforts to curb carbon emissions. Republicans say it’s a waste of money to try to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions from ...

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Texas oil and gas regulator dashes Army Corps’ drilling rule

Texas oil and gas regulator dashes Army Corps' drilling rule

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — Texas’ oil and gas regulator has challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ authority to ban hydraulic fracturing and limit injection wells near a North Texas dam. In a letter sent to the corps on Thursday, Texas Railroad Commission Executive Director Kimberly Corley questioned restrictions the corps announced last week that would ban fracking within ...

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Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say the chance of a damaging earthquake hitting east of the Rockies has increased significantly, much of it a man-made byproduct of drilling for energy. Oklahoma now has a 1 in 8 chance of damaging quakes in 2016, surpassing California as the state with the highest probability. In a first-of-its-kind effort, U.S. Geological Survey Monday ...

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