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North Dakota lignite projects languish, some question worth

BISMARCK, N.D. — Fifteen years after North Dakota began funding research aimed at revitalizing growth in the state’s lignite industry, all but one project has been abandoned or yielded little more than expensive studies that have failed to find a clean and cost-effective use for the state’s plentiful but low-grade coal, data obtained by The Associated Press show. Some say ...

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Environmental groups hold vigil for Lac-Megantic train explosion victims

PORTLAND, Maine — As church bells rang in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic to mark the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 48 people, climate change activists in Maine held vigils around the state expressing concern about the potential for a future disaster. The state-level arm of international climate change group 350.org and the Sierra Club held ...

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Firm seeks to build oil pipeline across Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — A company that wants to build an oil pipeline across Iowa said it has purchased easements from nearly 60 percent of landowners, but some don’t believe the claim. Activists say that online records show far fewer easement purchases, The Des Moines Register reported. Spokeswoman Vicki Granado for Dakota Access LLC, a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer ...

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Pipeline protest draws marchers to St. Paul

Thousands of protesters marched through downtown St. Paul to the State Capitol on Saturday, calling for the cancellation of the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline that would travel near some of the state’s pristine waters. Though an independent tally was unavailable for the Tar Sands Resistance Rally, organizers estimated that 5,000 anti-pipeline and climate change activists took part in the colorful ...

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Pipeline battles coming to a head on 3 fronts in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Battles over climate change and oil pipelines come to a head on three fronts in Minnesota this week. Environmental groups have high hopes for a “Tar Sands Resistance March” to the State Capitol Saturday. They want to keep Canadian crude in the ground instead of piping it across northern Minnesota via an expanded Alberta Clipper pipeline. Organizers including ...

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Fracking off to slow start in NC as wildcatters stumble

Wildcatters are having a hard time making a go of energy exploration in North Carolina. Since the state began accepting permit applications for fracking in mid-March, none have been filed, and there is little visible sign of any hydraulic fracturing activity in the state. A judge’s decision this month to temporarily halt all drilling permits for fracking in North Carolina ...

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U.S. green groups sue in challenge to oil train safety rules

WASHINGTON – Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are too weak to protect the public. The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, charge that the rules, issued on May 1, will allow industry to continue to use “unsafe tank cars” ...

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