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Storm leaves 170,000 without power in U.S. Gulf Coast

Almost 170,000 homes and businesses were without power early on Tuesday from Texas to Mississippi after severe storms battered the U.S. Gulf Coast states on Monday, according to local utilities. The storms moved from west to east, hitting Texas first. Power companies in Texas said they expect to restore power to most customers later on Tuesday, but would not be ...

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China boosts oil trading visibility, market power: Russell

(Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own.) SINGAPORE – If you are looking for evidence that China is becoming more assertive in the global economy, then the trading of physical crude oil in Asia is a good example. Chinaoil, the trading arm of state-controlled giant PetroChina, bought a record 55 cargoes in the Middle East ...

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Fracking off to slow start in NC as wildcatters stumble

Wildcatters are having a hard time making a go of energy exploration in North Carolina. Since the state began accepting permit applications for fracking in mid-March, none have been filed, and there is little visible sign of any hydraulic fracturing activity in the state. A judge’s decision this month to temporarily halt all drilling permits for fracking in North Carolina ...

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Environmental groups monitor new Wyoming fracking rules


CASPER, Wyo. — As Wyoming challenges new federal fracking rules on public lands, state regulators are quietly implementing a state requirement that petroleum companies justify keeping secret the ingredients in the chemical products they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing. The state has approved six applications from companies seeking to keep their ingredients confidential under the terms of a settlement with ...

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Documentary ‘Fracking Stories’ screened at Cameo

A collection of short documentaries describing the dangers of hydraulic fracturing was screened Saturday in downtown Fayetteville. The true stories were told by residents in states where oil and natural gas are being extracted from deep below the earth through a controversial process commonly referred to as “fracking.” In one Colorado community, parents said their children developed asthma and allergies ...

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Clearing the air on Invenergy power plant emissions

With Chicago firm Invenergy’s proposed 1,500-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant looming over Jessup, both sides have made strong claims about the plant’s air emissions. Invenergy’s representatives and air-quality permit application say the plant will only nudge the region’s air pollution levels imperceptibly higher. The company’s recent advertisements claim the plant will even result in “healthier, cleaner air” by replacing coal-fired ...

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Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Health Department says cleanup of a pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern North Dakota wheat field will take twice as long as the company had expected. The massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered by a Tioga farmer in September 2013. The spill ...

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Sea urchin haven disturbed by Santa Barbara oil spill

LOS ANGELES – Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. Now, she needs new hunting grounds. The coast, thought to be one of the world’s best places for harvesting sea urchins, suffered its worst oil spill in 46 years this week, forcing authorities ...

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