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Walker to sign bill ending nuclear moratorium

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is poised to sign a bill that would lift Wisconsin’s ban on new nuclear plants. Right now state regulators can’t approve a new nuclear plant unless a federal facility for storing waste exists and the plant doesn’t burden ratepayers. No such federal facility exists. The bill would erase the storage and ratepayer clauses ...

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Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

DENVER (AP) — A bill enabling Coloradans to sue oil and gas drilling firms whose fracking operations damage property or harm people has advanced in the Democrat-led state House. Specifically, the bill would hold energy companies liable if their operations cause damaging earthquakes. The bill says plaintiffs could sue without having to prove that a drilling operation directly caused an ...

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Florida fracking bill dies in Senate committee

Florida fracking bill dies in Senate committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Senate bill that would require the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to study and create regulations for fracking is essentially dead. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday refused to reconsider the bill after narrowly voting against it last week. The bill had been kept alive on a procedural move, but the sponsor didn’t ask ...

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New Mexico lawmakers race to resolve budget, crime issues

New Mexico lawmakers race to resolve budget, crime issues

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico lawmakers are racing to approve a balanced budget in a year of plunging oil revenues while pushing forward with an ambitious slate of criminal justice initiatives and anti-corruption reforms. The state’s abbreviated 30-day legislative session comes to a close by law at noon Thursday. Amid election-year politicking, lawmakers in the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled ...

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Injection well opponents optimistic

Oil well

PETERSBURG, Mich. — Monroe County officials who oppose the use of injection wells for oil drilling are optimistic about a bill introduced in the state Legislature that would prohibit them. Supporters of the bill know they have a long battle before the measure may be approved. “That was just round one, we’re waking up a sleeping bear,” Summerfield Supervisor John ...

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Queen introduces bill to relax UK trespassing laws in bid to encourage fracking

By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ The Queen announced an infrastructure bill during her annual address on Wednesday meant to encourage hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom. One aspect of the bill involves relaxing trespassing laws to allow drilling companies more access to shale formations beneath private property. Tom McIver from Alliance News reports: The Competitiveness and Infrastructure bill ...

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Fracking moratorium dies in California Senate

Laurel Rosenhall | The Sacramento Bee An effort to halt the oil extraction process known as fracking failed in the California Senate as lawmakers rejected a bill that would have banned the practice until a state-commissioned study proves it is safe. Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, argued that her measure amounted to hitting “pause” on an oil extraction method that has raised ...

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U.S. Senate Republicans block energy bill, forfeit a Keystone vote

Mitch McConnell

By Thomas Ferraro and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked an energy-efficiency bill backed by manufacturers and environmentalists, forfeiting a chance to vote on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline. On a nearly party-line vote of 55-36, President Barack Obama’s Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bipartisan energy bill supported by the White House. ...

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