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Oil industry challenges rules meant to stop train explosions

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years. The American Petroleum Institute’s petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., would set aside a requirement for improvements to ...

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US Energy Dept gives Cove Point final OK to export LNG

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant. The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United ...

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Protest aimed at Black Hills, PUC

Talking to the protesters carrying signs, it was hard to determine which they disliked more — Black Hills Energy or the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that approves the local utility’s electric rates and expenses. “We need to have the members of the PUC elected by voters,” said Frank Peralta, a retired electrical contractor at the sidewalk rally Wednesday. “Our high ...

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Cuomo’s fracking ban is taking heat from former NYC mayor

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a few hits from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding his statewide fracking ban. Bloomberg expressed his opinion regarding Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking rather than embrace the benefits the state could receive from natural gas operations.  Bloomberg referred to the ban as “a misguided policy” and explained how the ...

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Feds eye oil, gas drilling off East Coast, Alaska, Gulf

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Environmentalists say allowing offshore drilling along the U.S. East Coast from northern Virginia to the Georgia-Florida border could lead to a catastrophic oil spill devastating to the crucial tourism industry. But business and petroleum groups say they want to be able to explore whether significant oil and gas reserves exist that could stabilize energy prices and ...

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Proposed Christie-Exxon Mobil contamination deal criticized

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists have assailed a proposed court settlement of about $250 million between Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration and Exxon Mobil in an oil and chemical contamination case in which the state originally sought nearly $9 billion. The settlement figure, they argued this week, amounts to the state getting just 3 cents on the dollar ...

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Pipeline foes to continue suits regardless of federal action

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline vowed Wednesday to overturn a state law that let former Gov. Dave Heineman approve the route, regardless of what happens at the federal level. Jane Kleeb of the group Bold Nebraska said landowners will continue their lawsuits challenging the state’s 2012 pipeline-siting law. The law allowed pipeline builder TransCanada to ...

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