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Anger as trains resume after Oregon derailment, fire

derailment

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Local politicians and residents reacted with shock and anger Monday as Union Pacific began running trains through this tiny Columbia River Gorge town just three days after a fiery derailment forced residents to evacuate and water and sewage systems to shut down. Residents shot video from an overpass of trains sliding past crumpled and burnt oil ...

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5 arrested at Vermont natural gas pipeline protest

Vermont, pipeline, protest, arrested

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Five people have been arrested following a protest against a natural gas pipeline in Vermont. Dozens gathered in Williston early Monday morning at the work site. The protest was organized by the group Rising Tide Vermont. Police say one woman attached herself to construction equipment, was freed by rescue crews and arrested. Another man attached himself ...

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Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford balances governor’s ticket

Doug Burgum, Brent Sanford, North Dakota, governor, election

Brent Sanford knows and understands the issues that surround western North Dakota. Born and raised in Watford City, Sanford was elected mayor in 2010. Thanks to the Bakken oil boom, the city’s population jumped from about 2,000 to 12,000 during his tenure. The rapid increase in residents brought many challenges. Transport facilities were outdated. Water management needed to be upgraded. ...

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Court rules in favor of Northern Pass energy project

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — The Northern Pass energy project says a New Hampshire court has ruled in its favor in response to a lawsuit that said a utility didn’t have the right to bury a power line under a North Country highway. The project proposes burying parts of the 192-mile transmission line along public roadways. The Society for the Protection ...

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Oregon train derailment spills oil, sparks fire

derailment, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A train towing cars full of oil derailed Friday in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, sparking a fire that sent a plume of black smoke high into the sky. The accident happened around noon near the town of Mosier, about 70 miles east of Portland. It involved eight cars filled with oil, and one was burning, ...

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Investment firm announces purchase of Colstrip operator

power plant, Talen Energy

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A partial owner of Talen Energy Corp., which is the operator and a co-owner of Montana’s Colstrip power plant, is seeking to buy the entire company for $1.8 billion. Talen spokesman Todd Martin said Friday the planned acquisition by the investment firm Riverstone Holdings LLC will mean no immediate changes for Colstrip, whose future was already ...

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US rig count sees first significant jump of 2016

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by four this week to 408, the first rig count gain in months and halting a slide that pushed the count to record-low levels amid collapsed energy prices. A year ago, 868 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said ...

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