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Duke Energy asks judge to throw out coal ash case

duke energy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is asking a judge to dismiss a case filed by North Carolina regulators that would force the company to clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across the state. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed a complaint against Duke Energy last year. Several citizens groups intervened in the case, saying the ...

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Montana murder case hinges on mental disability


SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to call on doctors from the Montana state mental hospital Tuesday to bolster claims that a Colorado man is fit to stand trial in the killing of a teacher in the heart of the Bakken oil patch. Defense experts testified this week that 24-year-old Michael Keith Spell is prone to distort the past ...

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Virginia is revising drilling guidelines


There’s currently no oil and natural gas drilling in Virginia’s Tidewater region, but state regulators are revising guidelines for environmental impact assessments, just in case. Prepared by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the guidelines “establish criteria and procedures for preparing assessments for oil or gas well drilling operations, along with related production and transportation activities proposed to occur in ...

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Sen. Warner: Bring more natural gas to markets

Sen. Mark Warner

Seeking to punish Russia for annexing Crimea — and boost the U.S. energy industry — U.S. Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and John Hoeven of North Dakota proposed measures Wednesday to bring more U.S. natural gas to the world market. The senators said they’re urging the Obama administration to speed up the Department of Energy’s approval of permits for new ...

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EDITORIAL: Conservation, not fracking


The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is supposed to protect private property through conservation easements, in which a landowner trades development rights for tax credits and other financial benefits. The state-chartered organization says its 3,700 easements cover more than 725,000 acres, including 550,000 acres in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The foundation has granted easements for nearly 50 years. Two years ago, according ...

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