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SolarCity and Congress reach deal on taxes, spending to extend solar energy investment

WASHINGTON — Buffalo’s burgeoning SolarCity development got a big boost from Congress on Wednesday in the form of a tax and spending deal that would extend the solar energy investment tax credit for five years while allowing businesses to claim the tax break more quickly. The expanded solar energy tax credit highlighted the tax and spending deal, which also includes ...

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4 hatches found open in sunken barge in lake

KELLEYS ISLAND — The sunken tanker barge Argo is not leaking now, but when it sank 78 years ago during a Lake Erie gale it may have lost some of its 200,000-gallon cargo into the lake bottom. A Coast Guard contractor is scheduled to start taking 20-foot-deep samples today from the lake bottom around the wrecked barge, which was lost ...

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Shipwrecks posing threat to US waters hold many unknowns

TOLEDO, Ohio — Dozens of shipwrecks scattered along America’s coasts are thought to be holding oil and certainly will start leaking someday as corrosion eats away at their tanks. Preventing that just isn’t possible, experts say, because funding for such a huge effort doesn’t exist and there are too many unknowns about the locations of those wrecks and the cargo ...

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Argo shipwreck find leaking petroleum

KELLEYS ISLAND — It wasn’t qualified to operate in the Great Lakes’ open waters, and when it did, the barge Argo was caught in a gale, capsized, and sank. Laden with as much as 200,000 gallons of petroleum, the 120-foot vessel was missing in Lake Erie for nearly 78 years before a shipwreck hunter from Lakeside, Ohio, found it two ...

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Where does the Line 5 oil pipeline go from here?

A controversial 62-year-old oil pipeline at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac has a future that’s up in the air. Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline carries up to 23 million gallons per day of light crude oil and liquid natural gas through the Upper Peninsula, then south through the Lower Peninsula before reaching a hub in ...

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Great Lakes face threat from another Enbridge line

The 62-year-old segment of Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline underwater, at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, has been generating the most buzz and concern lately over how a spill from it would harm the Great Lakes. But it’s another segment of that same pipeline, out of the water and running through the Upper Peninsula along ...

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A readiness test: What if oil spewed into Great Lakes?

ST. IGNACE — Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge, the U.S. Coast Guard and several other federal, state and local agencies took to the waters of the Great Lakes Thursday in boats big and small, testing their preparedness and capabilities to contain what many consider as the worst of nightmare scenarios for the Great Lakes: a leak in Enbridge’s Line 5 ...

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Bill seeks to ban shipping crude oil on Great Lakes

WASHINGTON — With a safety drill of a controversial pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac under way this week, Michigan’s U.S. senators announced legislation requiring a comprehensive review of hazardous materials pipelines in the region and banning shipments of crude oil by vessels plying the Great Lakes. U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, introduced the bill Wednesday. ...

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