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Virginia groups want stronger safeguards on fracking

RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental and public interest groups are urging officials to halt any new fracking efforts in Virginia until they complete a thorough review of the state’s standards. The groups say Virginia’s current safeguards on fracking are inadequate and outdated. They’re urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review before approving any new permits for oil and gas ...

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50 people in Va. attend state hearing about proposed changes to fracking regulations

Comments at Monday’s public hearing about changes to gas and oil regulations fell along predictable lines. Residents and environmentalists stressed concerns about water and air quality and public-safety issues. They suggested that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy–the agency that oversees drilling–pass even stricter regulations than what’s proposed. Bill Johnson of the Sierra Club said any study of ...

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Eminent domain sought for one-third of Iowa land on Bakken pipeline

FREMONT — Bill Alexander gets emotional walking out to the farm fields where the proposed 1,134-mile, 30-inch-in-diameter Bakken crude oil pipeline would run down the middle of the property. Alexander fears oil spills, long-term damage to nutrient-rich soil and turning his back on the livelihood that’s supported four generations of his wife Pam’s family, future generations and their retirement. “People ...

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Is nuclear the key to Michigan’s carbon-free future?

For those who dream of weaning Michigan off fossil fuels, most visions for the future have solar panels and wind turbines blanketing the state. But could the key to low-carbon nirvana lie in a less popular power source that has been here and operational for over 50 years? Nuclear energy currently produces about 23% of total power generation in Michigan ...

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After coal plant outage, utility challenged over charges

BILLINGS, Mont. — NorthWestern Energy makes its case to state regulators Tuesday in a dispute over at least $8.5 million that the utility collected from Montana customers after a 2013 power plant outage forced it to buy electricity on the open market. The charges offset costs for the replacement power NorthWestern bought after the Colstrip coal plant was partially idled ...

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Recycling: New facility will turn food scraps into natural gas

Teri Biancardi is raring to go. When the Temecula resident gets the green light from the city’s trash service provider, Stanton-based CR&R Waste and Recycling Services, she will happily participate in the city’s new recycling program, which will turn food scraps and green waste into renewable natural gas and high-grade fertilizer. The program, which will divert grass clippings, green waste ...

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