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Legacy of the “Father of fracking” calls for support of methane regulation

A Texas-based foundation that is the legacy of oil icon George Mitchell has made a fundamental break in the typical energy narrative by supporting methane emission reduction. In a statement released last week, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation gave its support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce methane emissions. The EPA hopes to pass ruling to ...

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RRC awards innovative restoration projects of Texas coal mines

Ever wonder what happens to abandoned coal mining land? Well, thanks to the regulations of the Railroad Commission of Texas, many become restoration projects and the RRC gives an annual award to companies doing the best work in the pursuit of public safety and natural resources. On Tuesday, the RRC announced the 2015 Reclamation Award recipient. The Texas Westmoreland Coal ...

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Kentucky trucker gets prison in Texas prostitution case

WACO, Texas — A trucker from Kentucky must serve more than four years in federal prison for trying to transport prostitutes he planned to pick up in Texas. Anthony Wayne Farrior of Paducah, Kentucky, was sentenced Wednesday in Waco. The 28-year-old trucker in July pleaded guilty to violating the Mann Act, which deals with prostitution and human trafficking. Prosecutors say ...

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Oil glut pushing down gas prices

Gasoline prices are dipping below $2 per gallon at some pumps, a trend that is expected to continue into the new year. For some investors, the declining price of oil will mean lower profits. Consumers, on the other hand, will be driving a little farther as pump prices dip in their favor. “It’s the world oil glut,” Jet Pep General ...

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Ige: LNG use would distract from cleaner energy

HONOLULU — The Hawaii governor on Monday said he opposes plans by state utilities to use liquefied natural gas to generate energy. Hawaiian Electric Co. and Hawaii Gas announced last year they planned to import more LNG because it would be cheaper and cleaner than burning oil. But Gov. David Ige said that would distract from the state’s goal to ...

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Lifting of oil-export ban urged

New Mexico oil-industry leaders urged the federal government on Tuesday to lift its four-decade-old ban on oil exports at a forum at Albuquerque’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. A five-member panel, organized by the New Mexico Association for Commerce and Industry, discussed the impact of plummeting oil prices on local industry and the need for producers to gain access to international markets ...

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Obama: Momentum of renewables is unstoppable

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The president isn’t intimidated in the slightest by the major money from fossil-fuel and the pact the industry has with the conservative right as he announced new investment incentives for renewable energy. Bloomberg reported that on Monday, the White House announced a $1 billion increase in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects and $24 million in new grants for solar ...

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