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Watford City, Dunseith airports awarded $400K in grants

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WASHINGTON — After a visit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s top official, North Dakota airports are getting more attention and money, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday. The Watford City Airport Authority has been awarded $327,309 for apron pavement rehabilitation, the senator’s office announced in a press release. The International Peace Garden Airport near Dunseith will also get $85,999 for pavement ...

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N.C. Senate committees greenlight fracking

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By Paul Woolverton, Observer Staff writer RALEIGH — The state Senate is scheduled to vote today whether to have North Carolina end its moratorium on fracking for natural gas drilling and begin issuing permits as soon as July 1, 2015. The bill to advance the controversial technology unanimously passed the Senate Commerce and Finance committees on Tuesday. The bill’s prospects ...

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Tesla Exploration’s seismic monitoring devices go missing across Westmoreland, Allegheny

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Paul Peirce, Tribune-Review Law enforcement agencies in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties are investigating the theft of more than a dozen seismic monitoring devices, valued at about $20,000, from a Canadian energy exploration company. “We’ve only been operating in the area since April 30 and are missing 15 seismic recording field units,” said Ian Haslam, regional site manager for Tesla Exploration ...

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Connecticut agency closes on $30 million ‘green’ project deal

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Luther Turnell, New Haven Register ROCKY HILL — The state agency charged with financing renewable energy projects has closed on a $30 million deal to sell a portfolio of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) transactions to a California-based speciality financing firm. The deal with Clean Fund will sell off the Connecticut Energy Finance and Investment Authority’s PACE portfolio in ...

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Environmental firm Fair Shake aims to help clients of modest means

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By Kim Lyons / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A new legal entity billing itself as an “environmental justice incubator” will open its Pittsburgh office this week, amid what executive director Emily Collins says is an immense need. Part of that need reflects land owner issues surrounding the development of the Marcellus Shale, but oil and gas won’t be the only practice areas ...

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Pennsylvania takes first steps to lower summer gas emission standards

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By Michael Sanserino / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A new Pennsylvania law aims to lighten emission standards on summertime gasoline in Pittsburgh and six surrounding counties. But the measure, approved last week by Gov. Tom Corbett, is just the start of a long process that may or may not lead to cheaper gas in southwestern Pennsylvania. The law requires Pennsylvania’s Department of ...

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Putin’s visit to China set to bolster ties

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MOSCOW (AP) — Amid a bitter crisis in relations with the West over Ukraine, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is moving to bolster ties with China. Russia sees relations with China as a top priority and their ties now are the best ever, Putin said in an interview with the Chinese media released by the Kremlin Monday, a day before his ...

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