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Walker to sign bill ending nuclear moratorium

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is poised to sign a bill that would lift Wisconsin’s ban on new nuclear plants. Right now state regulators can’t approve a new nuclear plant unless a federal facility for storing waste exists and the plant doesn’t burden ratepayers. No such federal facility exists. The bill would erase the storage and ratepayer clauses ...

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Judge: BP not to pay oil industry losses from moratorium

Judge: BP not to pay oil industry losses from moratorium

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge ruled that BP does not have to pay for economic losses other businesses suffered when the federal government shut down deep-water drilling in the wake of BP’s catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans issued his ruling late Thursday. The Obama administration imposed ...

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Fracking bill would repeal forced pooling

One of the most contentious policies related to fracking would be repealed in a bill introduced Thursday that seeks to end a practice known as “forced pooling” or “compulsory pooling.” The bill would not require property owners to consent to shale gas exploration under their land, as is currently required under North Carolina’s rarely-invoked 1945 oil-and-gas statute. The bill was ...

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Vancouver extends moratorium on crude oil facilities

The Vancouver City Council on Monday unanimously voted to extend a moratorium on expanding or establishing crude oil-handling facilities, prompting the audience to break into applause. Moments earlier, roughly a dozen people took the microphone to praise the council’s stance against oil terminals in Vancouver and voice support for continuation of the six-month moratorium adopted Sept. 11. No one spoke ...

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Boulder County extending drilling moratorium

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BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County is extending a ban on new oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county. The moratorium had been set to end on Jan. 1 but county commissioners voted Thursday to continue it for another 3 ½ years. The Longmont Times-Call reported that the vote drew applause from about 50 people who gathered for the ...

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NC fracking panel to revise some safety rules after public comments

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission was flooded with more than 200,000 public comments on its proposed safety standards for shale gas exploration in the state, but the commissioners are not likely to act on the public’s most sweeping demands to curtail fracking. The commission will consider tightening several important safety standards, however, such as the minimum distance required between ...

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Report: Cuomo meddled with fracking study

Several area residents interested in hydrofracking had mixed reactions Wednesday about a recent news report that found that a federal study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration was edited or delayed before it was published. The changes were first reported by Capital New York. Cuomo has repeatedly delayed a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in ...

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