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California governor’s greenhouse-gas cuts scrutinized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The top lawyer for the California Legislature says Gov. Jerry Brown exceeded his authority when he issued an executive order imposing what he called the most aggressive carbon-emission reductions in North America, aligning California with the European Union’s aggressive climate change standards. The opinion by Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine does not curtail Brown’s authority to continue ...

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$8M NY energy competition planned for local communities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is holding a contest to see which local communities can create the best plans for local, independent energy networks designed to keep the lights on during natural disasters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will award up to $1 million to eight winners who submit the best plans for community microgrids. ...

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Firm suspends plans to build $3.3B natural gas pipeline

BOSTON (AP) — Plans to build a $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline from New York into New England through western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have been suspended. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. announced Wednesday it has decided to stop work on the project. It cited a lack of contracts with gas distribution companies. The company also said New England states ...

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Diesel spill reported on Ohio River in Illinois

Diesel spill reported on Ohio River in Illinois

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. (AP) — The operator of an Illinois oil pipeline is reporting 1,150 barrels of diesel fuel has spilled, resulting in the pollution of at least one river. Marathon Pipe Line LLC says the equivalent of about 48,300 gallons of fuel has leaked from a pipeline near Mount Carmel in southern Illinois. In a statement, the company says ...

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Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 15-22

Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 15-22

A deadly explosion devastated a Mexican community and low gasoline prices continue to cause problems in the Gulf states. Scroll down to recap this week’s top Eagle Ford news headlines. 5. ‘Hard choices’ in Texas as oil bust, costly lawsuits collide HOUMA, La. (AP) — It might sound strange, but the penny-pinching folks in Louisiana’s Oil Patch can’t wait for ...

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