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Pipeline developers vow to fight New York permit rejection

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Developers of a 124-mile pipeline designed to transport natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale fields say they’ll challenge New York’s rejection of a critical permit. The Constitution Pipeline Company said Monday that the Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial letter includes “flagrant misstatements and inaccurate allegations” and is driven by politics. The DEC on Friday denied a water ...

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NY comptroller urges more insurance for rail oil spills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state’s comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is administrator of New York’s Oil Spill Fund. He cites a U.S. Transportation Department finding that oil shippers and rail companies carry insurance that ...

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Prosecutors: Former coal chief to head to prison May 12

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say former coal company executive Don Blankenship has to head to prison on May 12, pending an appeal. Prosecutors mentioned the ex-Massey Energy CEO’s date to surrender to federal custody in a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filing on Wednesday. Blankenship was sentenced April 6 to the maximum penalties of a year in prison ...

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US stocks slip as energy companies fall with oil prices

US stocks slip as energy companies fall with oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped in quiet trading Monday as energy companies dropped with the price of oil. Metals and chemicals companies also fell. Company earnings remain weak, and Xerox and drugmaker Perrigo tumbled after reporting disappointing results and cutting their forecasts for the year. Stocks looked like they were headed for big losses in the morning, as ...

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Republican Senate effort again fails to block water rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have again blocked a Republican proposal that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw a federal rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. An amendment sponsored by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven did not get the 60 votes needed to stop the provocative rule. Thursday’s vote was the latest effort by Republicans ...

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North Dakota tax collections continue falling below forecast

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota continues to see bleaker-than-expected state tax revenue collections from declining oil activity in the state. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp says revenues for March totaled $98.8 million. That’s $13.8 million less than what had been projected. Tax collections already are down more than $20 million since a new revenue forecast was done ...

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High court nominee praises lawyers for helping the poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland praised lawyers for their work with low-income Washingtonians Thursday in his first public remarks since his nomination last month. The appearance marks the first time that Garland has spoken publicly at any length since Obama nominated him more than a month ago in the White House Rose Garden. His appearance Thursday was ...

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West Virginia officials: State law hinders carbon compliance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a 2015 state law prohibits using the least harmful option to meet federal carbon pollution regulations at coal-fired power plants. In Thursday’s study, the Department of Environmental Protection said lawmakers should change the law to permit trading carbon allowances with other states and measuring emissions by mass, instead of by rate. A ...

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