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7 people detained in Georgia in gas pipeline plot

Tbilisi Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia’s intelligence agency says it has detained seven people suspected of plotting an attack on a gas pipeline that carries Russian gas to Armenia. The State Security Service said in a statement on Monday that it detained five people on Saturday who were planning to bomb a section of the pipeline south of the capital, Tbilisi. ...

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West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the Keystone Development No. ...

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Wisconsin’s high electricity rates spark industry warnings

Wisconsin electricity rates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s high electricity rates could spark some of its big manufacturers to move or expand elsewhere, state regulators have been warned. Wisconsin’s average electric rates are highest among eight Midwest states for the first time since 2006, according to a report approved by the Public Service Commission last month. Comments submitted in response to that report ...

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Governor signs emergency declaration for pipeline protest

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared an emergency to make more state resources available to manage public safety risks from an ongoing oil pipeline protest near Cannon Ball. Dalrymple said Friday the declaration allows the state to bring greater resources to bear if local officials need help addressing safety concerns. Over two dozen protesters have been arrested ...

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Texas lawyer acquitted of BP oil spill fraud

BP oil spill fraud

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer accused of making up fake clients to sue BP after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill said after his acquittal Thursday that the government’s case against him “fell apart under its own weight of ridiculousness.” Attorney Mikal Watts of San Antonio and four others were acquitted Thursday by a federal jury in ...

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Natural gas blamed in apartment explosion that killed 7

natural gas explosion, apartment explosion

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A buildup of natural gas caused an explosion and fire that killed seven people and injured dozens of others at a Maryland apartment building last week, investigators said Friday. The exact cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but Daniel Board, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Baltimore ...

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Groups reach $6M West Virginia coal mine cleanup deal

coal mining, climate change, executive order

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $6 million settlement has been reached in federal court that will restore damage from West Virginia mountaintop removal mines. The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy announced the settlement with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. A consent decree was entered Friday in U.S. District Court in Huntington. The Legacy Fund ...

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US rig count up 10 this week to 491, Texas up 8

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 491. A year ago, 885 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas ...

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