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Dickinson pump jack denied after residents complain

Maybe if the company had proposed to make the pump jack look like an actual horsehead their neighbors wouldn’t have complained. This week just outside Dickinson, working on a newly acquired oil well, a company replaced the existing underground pump with an above-ground pump jack. On Tuesday, after numerous complaints from nearby residents, it was deemed “an eyesore and a ...

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Household spending and home building fuel modest US growth

In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 photo, tourists from Taiwan carry shopping bags as they walk along Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian area featuring retail shops and restaurants in Miami Beach, Fla. On Friday, March 25, 2016, the Commerce Department issues the third and final estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the October-December quarter. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending and home construction are helping sustain modest U.S. economic growth despite problems caused by a strong dollar, low oil prices and an excess of business stockpiles. The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a 1.4 percent annual rate in the October-December period, the government said Friday. That was better than the ...

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Bison coming ‘home’ to Montana Indian reservation

In this undated photo provided by Parks Canada, a bison and it's calf roam in a section of the Elk Island National Park, Canada. Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than 140 years ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation. (Parks Canada via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions. The shipment of animals from Alberta’s Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation ...

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Vermont working on new rules to continue solar expansion

solar expansion in vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont utility regulators are proposing new rules that will govern the installation and management of small, local electrical generation projects in the state for years to come. The rules proposed by the Public Service Board would govern the installation and management of small power projects, such as residential rooftop solar panels up to solar projects that ...

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Crews tearing down iconic Rochester-area power plant

Russell Station power generation plant in Rochester, New York. (Image: rchappo2002 via Flickr)

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — The Russell Station power generation plant, an iconic landmark near the Lake Ontario shoreline outside Rochester, is being torn down. Crews have begun demolishing the facility located in the Monroe County town of Greece. The plant opened in the late 1940s and was shut down by Rochester Gas and Electric eight years ago because of costly ...

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US to consider sharp hike in royalties on coal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Royalty rates on coal extracted from massive strip mines on public lands could increase 50 percent under a pending overhaul of a U.S. government program that critics say contributes to climate change, documents released Thursday show. The royalty hike was contained in an Interior Department notice providing the first outlines of a planned three-year evaluation of ...

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Idaho powerline plan tries to avoid private property

Image: Douglas M. Paine via Flickr

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal for two high-voltage transmission lines crossing southwestern Idaho that faced opposition from private property owners has been altered to instead cross more of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The 1,700-page draft document released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management earlier this month maps out potential options for ...

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