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Environmentalists file complaint against New Mexico official

Looking up at the interior dome of the New Mexico State Capitol building in Sante Fe. (Image Jimmy Emerson DVM via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental group is accusing a New Mexico utility regulator of misconduct for asking the state’s largest electric provider to make a political donation to a Democrat running for the state treasurer’s office. New Energy Economy filed the complaint against Public Regulation Commissioner Karen Montoya with the Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday. The Santa ...

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Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. The Department of Transportation proposal would expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas ...

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Oil, gas not responsible for methane emission spike

Oil, gas not responsible for methane emission spike

A new study finds that oil and natural gas producers are not responsible for a global increase in methane emissions. According to the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, increased emissions come primarily from wetlands and agriculture, not oil and natural gas producers. The NOAA report comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will regulate methane ...

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Wisconsin Senate passes bill relaxing emission regulations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that would relax Wisconsin’s sulfur dioxide emission regulations and rework utilities’ obligations to pay into the state’s renewable energy program. The bill, which already cleared the Assembly, would eliminate requirements that major utilities submit annual plans to state regulators for complying with sulfur dioxide emission goals. It would also ...

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Panel formed to investigate Gulf platform worker’s death

Offshore oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Gulf of Mexico. (Image: Adventures of KM&G-Morris via Flickr - CC2)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal regulators have formed a four-member panel to investigate the death of a man who was working on an oil platform rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says Roy Miller, a Nabors Drilling employee, was fatally injured last Thursday during “maintenance activities” performed for Houston-based oil and ...

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China says slowing economy won’t stop anti-pollution efforts

BEIJING (AP) — China will not return to its era of pursuing economic growth at the expense of the environment despite its slowing economy, the country’s environment minister said Friday. Chen Jining said China would continue to restructure its economy away from heavily polluting companies to create more room for “good companies” to develop and focus on technological innovation, for ...

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