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National environmental groups want to join Denton fracking fight

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National environmental groups joined forces with grassroots activists in Denton on Thursday, seeking to defend in court the first municipal fracking ban adopted in Texas. The Denton Drilling Awareness Group, a citizens group that fought to put the ban on the November ballot, and Earthworks, a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., filed a petition in court asking to ...

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Patrol: Washington man dies in North Dakota crash


KILLDEER, N.D. — North Dakota officials say a 24-year-old man from the state of Washington has died in a crash with a semitrailer. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Sunday that Christopher Parker of Lake Stevens, Washington, died in the Saturday crash near Killdeer. Authorities say Parker was a passenger in a pickup truck that went off the road on ...

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Court rejects Argentina’s appeal of $185M award


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected Argentina’s appeal of a British natural gas company’s multimillion dollar award against the government. The justices on Monday let stand without comment an arbitration tribunal’s award of $185 million to BG Group in a dispute with Argentina over a natural gas development. It was the second time the high court has considered ...

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Keep Udall’s experience, pragmatism in Senate


In 2008, the Journal endorsed then-five-term Rep. and former attorney general Tom Udall for the U.S. Senate. Six years in that deliberative body have given Udall the experience needed not only to propose important legislation, but also to turn it into law. And that ability is especially important to the state and the nation now, considering the gridlock in Washington. ...

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N.D. regulators consider oil stabilization policy

Eric Florip | The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) Most Clark County residents don’t pay close attention to the North Dakota Industrial Commission. But the three-member regulatory body has the authority to influence something increasingly familiar to Southwest Washington and the Northwest: oil trains. The commission this week heard testimony on whether crude oil extracted from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields should be ...

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Clash over coal, oil powers Senate race in state’s northwest corner

Jim Brunner | The Seattle Times BELLINGHAM — On a night last week, state Sen. Doug Ericksen stood before a group of ranchers in the office of a cattle-auction yard and joked about the odor. “That smell in the county, that’s not Bob’s manure spreader,” he told the Whatcom County Cattlemen’s Association. “That’s all the crap coming out of San Francisco ...

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Central figure in murder-for-hire case pleads not guilty

John Stucke |  Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) Wearing leg shackles and an orange jumpsuit, James T. Henrikson pleaded not guilty Friday to hiring a hit man to kill two people over business dealings in North Dakota’s booming oil patch. Federal prosecutors may pursue a death penalty case against Henrikson, who is accused in an 11-count murder-for-hire case of ordering the contract ...

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Vancouver City Council passes oil moratorium

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Stephanie Rice | Columbian Vancouver city government reporter The Vancouver City Council on Thursday unanimously passed an emergency six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil. The moratorium won’t affect the oil transfer terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies that’s currently under review by the state. While the six-month moratorium was straightforward — a public hearing ...

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OPINION: No, oil won’t stay in the ground

Tracy Warner | The Wenatchee World (Wenatchee, Wash.) They blocked the tracks in Everett Tuesday. Protestors, highly trained, erected an 18-foot teepee over the rails while compatriots cheered from a nearby overpass, the Everett Herald reported. A woman in a yellow parka and green hardhat, identified on Facebook as Abby Brockway, a “high flying climate activist” from Seattle, sat at the ...

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Why fracking boom isn’t driving down Seattle gas prices

Ángel González | The Seattle Times In Seattle, America’s energy boom can be seen but not felt. At least not at the gas pump. Trains bearing crude oil cross the city’s busy core every day, connecting North Dakota’s prolific oil fields to refineries on the coast. Yet gasoline prices here have remained stubbornly high, even as an abundance of cheap crude, ...

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