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NC regulator OKs Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas merger

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are allowing Duke Energy to expand from being the country’s largest electricity company to selling natural gas. Duke Energy Corp. said in a statement Thursday that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has allowed its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. The regulatory approval is the last needed for the deal. The transaction is ...

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NC: Duke Energy coal ash polluting water, fines may follow

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is violating state pollution laws because its coal ash pits are polluting nearby waterways, North Carolina environmental regulators said Friday. Fines are being considered. The state Division of Water Resources sent letters to the country’s largest electric company accusing Duke Energy of violating state law by allowing wastewater to leak from coal ash basins ...

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North Carolina regulators size $1B Duke Energy gas plant impact

North Carolina regulators size $1B Duke Energy gas plant impact

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina electricity regulators considering the costs of converting an Asheville power plant from burning coal to natural gas (all times local): 1 p.m. North Carolina electricity regulators are deliberating whether to allow a $1 billion Duke Energy conversion of an Asheville coal-burning power plant to burn cleaner natural gas. The North Carolina Utilities ...

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Fracking moratorium comes closer to fruition

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SANFORD — A two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as fracking — in Lee County came one step closer to reality Monday evening as the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of it after a heated exchange involving two board members. Following a public hearing, the commissioners voted 5-2 on the first reading of the moratorium, ...

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Big northwestern Pennsylvania employer warns of layoffs

ERIE, Pa. — One of the largest employers in northwestern Pennsylvania says it’ll reduce its workforce through retirements and layoffs. The Erie Times-News reports that Lord Corp. isn’t saying yet how many jobs will be cut or where. The North Carolina-headquartered conglomerate produces materials for industries including aerospace and oil and gas production. It employs about 3,000 worldwide. But it ...

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Law bars local fracking regulations

Before adjourning their session last week, North Carolina lawmakers passed a law prohibiting towns, cities and counties from adopting any regulations or ordinances on natural gas drilling or the controversial practice commonly known as fracking. The provision was added to Senate Bill 119, which was adopted Wednesday and signed into law Thursday by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. The provision appears ...

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Anti-frackers continue requests for action

The possibility of fracking in Stokes County was not a topic of discussion on this week’s Board of Commissioner’s agenda, but that did not stop those opposed to fracking from making sure the board knew the issue was not going to go away. Four speakers, fewer than the close to 30 speakers who showed up at the last meeting, continued ...

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BOC working on fracking issue

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“We are doing it as fast as we can, just have a little faith in us.” That was the response of Stokes County Board of Commissioners Chair Ronda Jones after listening to close to an hour of public comments from concerned citizens demanding the board enact ordinances that could limit the impact of of potential fracking operations in the county ...

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