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Virginia may not frack for years, governor says


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Virginia’s governor says it will be a long time before the state finishes reviewing regulations on proposed hydraulic fracturing. Gov. Terry McAuliffe released a statement today saying it may take years for Virginia to issue drilling permits to energy companies, the Associated Press reports. The state has received requests to allow hydraulic fracturing in the coastal ...

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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Dina Cappiello | The Associated Press NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy ...

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Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

Jason Dearen ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, announcing final approval Friday of sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact ...

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Report: Virginia lags on clean energy, but could lead

Tamara Dietrich | The Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) Virginia environmentalists say the commonwealth lags behind other Atlantic states in developing offshore wind energy, and are urging lawmakers to seize the “golden opportunity” to take the lead. What’s needed, they say, is an aggressive energy plan from the state, policies to ensure a competitive market for offshore wind power and ...

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Residents struggle to reap natural-gas royalties


Cathy Dyson | The Free Lance-Star HAYSI — Jamie Hale says it’s bad enough he hasn’t gotten paid for the natural gas taken from his property–without his permission. What’s even worse is that the state played a part in taking it, the Buchanan County man said. “This is a major miscarriage of justice, and Virginia has facilitated it,” he said. ...

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Two groups charge that Portage County well illegally injected millions of gallons of drilling wastes for years

Bob Downing |  the Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) Two groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against an injection well in northern Portage County for allegedly accepting millions of gallons of drilling wastes improperly. Concerned Citizens Ohio and the Virginia-based Center for Health, Environment and Justice contend that the Kovach injection well at 9795-9899 Coit Road ...

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Drill boat will take core samples off Virginia coast for wind turbines

By Tamara Dietrich | the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) Virginia beachgoers will see a strange sight over the next three weeks as an oil rig-type vessel begins taking seabed core samples for Dominion Virginia Power’s offshore wind farm test project. The 110-foot Inez Eymard arrived Monday afternoon from the Gulf of Mexico to begin drilling about 300 yards offshore from ...

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Oil train dangers extend past Bakken


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said. Acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said all crude shipments are flammable and can damage ...

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Crude oil rail shipment details begin to leak out

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 Curtis Tate | McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Some information about large crude oil shipments by rail is becoming publicly available, in spite of industry efforts to keep those details confidential, since the federal government ordered railroads to begin sharing it with state and local officials. Washington state gave its railroads, including BNSF, the largest hauler of crude oil by rail in ...

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