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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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The Paris climate deal at a glance

The Paris climate deal at a glance

NEW YORK (AP) — Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations. Here are some of the key elements of the Paris deal, which is the first agreement requiring all countries to join the fight against global warming. ...

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US stock indexes edge lower in early trading; oil slides

US stock indexes edge lower in early trading; oil slides

U.S. stock indexes edged lower in early trading Thursday as investors pored over the latest crop of company earnings news. Telecom services and consumer staples companies were down the most. Oil prices were also headed lower. The stock market is coming off a three-day winning streak. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 39 points, or 0.2 percent, to ...

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Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A major solar energy project is up and running in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports 11,000 solar panels are installed on 17 acres south of Grand Valley State University’s main campus in Allendale. Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State held a groundbreaking for the Solar Gardens project in October. The 3-megawatt site can generate electricity to serve ...

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Oil majors show interest in Mexico’s offshore auction

Oil majors show interest in Mexico's offshore auction

Mexico’s forthcoming auction of offshore oil and gas fields is drawing significant interest, according to a report by Fuel Fix. So far, 21 companies have asked to review data on fields within Mexico’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Major oil companies, such as ExxonMobil, BP, and Chevron, have expressed interest in the available fields. The country will auction ...

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Houston recovering from yet another deadly flood

Houston recovering from yet another deadly flood

HOUSTON (AP) — As more than a foot of rain deluged the nation’s fourth-largest city, inundating homes, shutting down major highways and leaving at least five people dead, Houston’s mayor said there was no immediate solution. Heavy flooding has become nearly an annual rite of passage in the practically sea-level city, where experts have long warned of the potential for ...

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Head of New Mexico oil and gas group to retire

Head of New Mexico oil and gas group to retire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association will be retiring later this year and the industry group has launched a national search for his replacement. Steve Henke’s last day will be Sept. 1. He has served as president of the group for the past six years. He previously was in charge of the ...

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