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Lower oil prices cost pension funds, showcase challenges

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana pension funds are feeling the pinch of falling oil prices because of the state’s investment in commodities. The Indiana Public Retirement System has nearly 7 percent of its $24 billion defined-benefit portfolio invested in commodities, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1wQRgjk ). That stake helped drag the entire fund into negative territory, dropping 1.22 percent between July ...

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Water boil order remains in Divide and Burke counties

BISMARCK, N.D. — A boil order for tap water in communities in Divide and Burke counties will remain in place at least until Tuesday. Residents of communities including Crosby, Fortuna, Noonan and Columbus were told last weekend to boil tap water or use bottled water after a break in a Western Area Water Supply Authority pipeline underneath a wetland. A ...

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IEA: We haven’t seen this in 40 years

It’s hard to believe, but for the first time in 40 years, global greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector plateaued. Thanks to many world economies exponentially integrating renewable sources into their respective energy grids, 2014 was the first time in nearly two generations that a halt or reduction in emissions was observed that was not tied to an economic ...

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Obama orders 40 percent cut in government’s greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will order the federal government on Thursday to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change. Obama’s executive order will also direct the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of the federal government’s consumption. ...

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Nearly 12K gallons of saltwater spill in northern ND

MAXBASS, N.D. — North Dakota oil regulators say nearly 12,000 gallons of saltwater have spilled at a disposal well in the northern part of the state. Alison Ritter with the Oil and Gas Division says Petro Harvester Operating Company, LLC, reported the incident Wednesday. The operator says 11,970 gallons of saltwater were released at the Peterson 2 saltwater disposal well ...

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Radioactive waste landfills becoming contentious issue

BISMARCK, N.D. — A special waste landfill in far western North Dakota will seek to dispose of radioactive waste, if it becomes legal. Charles Slaughter, of Canada-based Gibson Energy, said his company plans to step up at its WISCO landfill west of Williston about 1 mile from the Montana line, The Bismarck Tribune reported. “We will modify our permit to ...

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Tulane to embark on Gulf community study as BP downplays damage

Few can deny the crippling effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill on Gulf Coast communities. Now faculty and students from Louisiana’s Tulane University will be studying the impacts of BP’s spill in Louisiana and Alabama, thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the BP Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The grant was directed to the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy ...

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U.S. senator calls for first-responder training for derailments

PHILADELPHIA – A U.S. senator from Pennsylvania on Monday called for measures to provide resources and training to first responders who handle crude oil train derailments. Under the legislative proposal, a task force on derailments would be created under the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make recommendations to the U.S. Congress for training and resources, Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, ...

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Local, state leaders urge EPA to shelve changes

CORPUS CHRISTI — Houston air blowing into Corpus Christi could force businesses here to pay millions in air quality control measures if a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule change becomes law. The EPA rule change in question is the maximum allowable amount of surface-level ozone, which is measured in parts per billion. Ozone high in the atmosphere shields the earth ...

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