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First responders often unprepared for derailments

Emergency personnel examine the wreckage of a train derailment near Vandergrift, Pennsylvania February 13, 2014. A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift, according to town and company officials. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY TRANSPORT)

Amid the sounds of wrenching metal and crackling fire, the hissing whine signaled that one of the overturned tank cars was doing its job. Flames licked the tanker just outside the state fairgrounds on July 11, 2012. Thousands of gallons of ethanol heated up inside the car. As pressure mounted, the intense heat weakened its shell, less than an inch ...

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Officials express concerns over closing Huntley plant

New York State should look closer at other options before NRG Energy shutters the Huntley Station power plant in the Town of Tonawanda, local officials told the state Public Service Commission. NRG plans to shut down the plant in March. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and other officials wrote a joint letter to the commission this week “to express ...

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SolarCity and Congress reach deal on taxes, spending to extend solar energy investment

WASHINGTON — Buffalo’s burgeoning SolarCity development got a big boost from Congress on Wednesday in the form of a tax and spending deal that would extend the solar energy investment tax credit for five years while allowing businesses to claim the tax break more quickly. The expanded solar energy tax credit highlighted the tax and spending deal, which also includes ...

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Rockland considers moratorium on energy plants

Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant

ROCKLAND, Maine — The City Council will consider next week whether to approve a six-month moratorium on energy plants. A partner with the company that plans to locate a natural-gas fired power plant in Rockland said if the moratorium is approved, the company would go elsewhere. He also warned that the moratorium would send a negative message to other businesses ...

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Summit secures contracts for $2.5 billion plant

Summit secures contracts for $2.5 billion plant

Summit Power Group signed a contract tonight with Chinese and Canadian heavy industrial firms at an event in Beijing to build the Texas Clean Energy Project plant near Penwell, a development Summit described as a “major step toward financing and construction” of the more than $2.5 billion plant. The signing in Beijing was scheduled for 9 p.m. central time Monday, ...

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Cheaper oil buoys consumers, hammers producers

DALLAS — Oil prices have been lower for longer than expected. Now, with OPEC’s decision to keep pumping at current levels, analysts expect oil to remain relatively cheap well into 2016 and maybe longer. That, of course, is good news for consumers and fuel-guzzling industries like airlines, but oil producers are being squeezed and thousands of workers in the oil ...

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Orange County likely to oppose fracking

As Republican-led state legislators consider rules to make it easier for oil and gas companies to use fracking and other controversial drilling methods in Florida, Orange County is likely to join the growing ranks of communities fighting the practice. “I never thought fracking would be an issue here in Florida,” said Orange County commissioner Pete Clarke, who proposed that the ...

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BNSF fined for tardy reporting of spills along railway

oil train

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state regulators have fined BNSF Railway $71,700 for tardy reporting of crude oil leaks and other hazardous material spills along the state’s railway. The Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday approved a settlement agreement between the railroad and its staff. But the UTC removed a provision that would have suspended $40,000 of the penalty if the ...

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Virginia groups want stronger safeguards on fracking

RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental and public interest groups are urging officials to halt any new fracking efforts in Virginia until they complete a thorough review of the state’s standards. The groups say Virginia’s current safeguards on fracking are inadequate and outdated. They’re urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review before approving any new permits for oil and gas ...

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