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Wyoming natural gas production falls for sixth year

CASPER, Wyo. — Production from Wyoming’s natural gas fields fell in 2015 for the sixth consecutive year, while natural gas in the U.S. has been on the rise. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that production slumped 14 percent in 2015. According to the preliminary figures from the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission production levels fell to the smallest annual haul since 2001. U.S. ...

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Pennsylvania’s gas utilities adjust for warm weather curveball

Balmy temperatures have thrown a wrench into the plans of gas utilities that base their business on expectations of normal weather patterns: They have pools of natural gas ready to go for a cold winter, then re-fill their inventories during the hot summer. By one utility’s calculations, the average Pittsburgh-area customer this December has used 32 percent less gas than ...

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Labor regulators aim to finish difficult dust rule

Dust in the workplace — affecting the construction, mining and oil and gas industries — has proven a tough issue to regulate, with a battle over updating federal standards dragging on more than 40 years and vexing eight presidential administrations. But a final rule could come as soon as February, one that would cut the allowable exposure of crystalline silica, ...

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Environmental group calls out Pennsylvania drilling study

Marcellus shale gas-drilling site along PA Route 87, Lycoming County. (Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr)

BRISTOL, Pa. — An environmental group is calling out a Pennsylvania regulator’s study that found radiation levels in oil and gas industry wastewater and byproducts showed little potential for radiation exposure. The January study by the state Department of Environmental Protection began after questions arose about the radioactivity in the huge volumes of wastewater and solid waste coming out of ...

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Navajo Nation on track for first utility-scale solar plant

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation’s first utility-scale solar plant is on track to be built by the end of 2016. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority says the $64 million plant in Kayenta (kuh-YHEN’-tuh) will be capable of powering an average 7,700 homes on the reservation. The utility’s general manager, Walter Haase, says the tribe will use federal loans and tax ...

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