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SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline. “The federal government has a responsibility to follow through with its promises,” ...

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Still another SC government opposing offshore drilling

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Still another coastal community in South Carolina has gone on record against offshore seismic testing and drilling for fossil fuels. Local media outlets report that North Myrtle Beach City Council voted 6-0 Monday to oppose offshore drilling. The advocacy group Oceana says 21 communities in South Carolina, including Charleston, Columbia and Myrtle Beach, have now ...

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Mark Sanford opposes offshore testing, drilling

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is on record against offshore seismic testing and drilling for oil. Sanford announced Monday he is asking the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management not to allow seismic testing off the South Carolina coast. Sanford says under the current system, state officials would not have access to the results of seismic ...

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Piedmont Natural Gas plans for reduced rates

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Piedmont Natural Gas is planning on further reducing natural gas rates for its customers in North and South Carolina. If the company’s filings are approved by state utilities commissions, the new rates will take effect on February 1.  Customers will see about a three percent reduction from January rates and about an eight percent decrease from the start of the ...

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Two BP petrochemical plants to receive investments, upgrades

Signage for a BP petrol station is pictured in London July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

BP’s petrochemical plant in Cooper River, South Carolina, has extra funds and technological upgrades coming its way. BP announced yesterday that it would invest $200 million in its petrochemical plants in both South Carolina and Belgium. The plants, purified terephthalic acid (PTA) facilities, are positioned to become two of the most efficient PTA manufacturing facilities on the globe following the ...

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Report: More study needed on sand mining connected to fracking in SC

Kristy Eppley Rupon | The State (Columbia, S.C.) COLUMBIA, S.C. — A coalition of environmental groups sounded a warning Thursday against mining the fine-grained sand used in oil-and-gas fracking operations. That mining already is harming residents in Wisconsin and Minnesota, the groups said in a new report. The mining operations should be studied further before they expand to other areas where ...

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$10 million in water protection grants offered by Duke Energy

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Duke Energy has announced its creation of $10 million in grants to protect waterways in five Southern states. The grants are intended to improve water quality assurance, wildlife habitat protection and expanded public access to waterways in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, The Charlotte Business Journal reports. They will be distributed ...

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Dolphins, tourism in SC at risk from oil and gas search, group says

Sammy Fretwell | The State (Columbia, S.C.) COLUMBIA, S.C. — The prospect of dead dolphins floating in the ocean off South Carolina is an important reason that Palmetto state residents should oppose plans to search for oil and gas along the south Atlantic coast, environmentalists said Thursday night. But people also should realize the risk to coastal tourism, a multibillion ...

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