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New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 ...

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New York puts up $36 million for energy-efficient buildings

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state is putting up $36 million to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings such as office towers, universities, hospitals and retail stores. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority says the money is for two new initiatives estimated to cut the energy bills of participating buildings by more than $200 million over ...

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Vermont pipeline protester pleads not guilty to charges

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MONKTON, Vt. (AP) — A Montpelier man has denied charges stemming from when he spent six days up a tree in protest of the construction of a Vermont Gas Systems pipeline. Thirty-one-year-old Samuel Jessup pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Addison County to misdemeanor charges of trespassing and resisting arrest. Police say Jessup lived for nearly a week on a platform ...

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NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the utility complained was too high. “Our action today to protect NorthWestern Energy’s customers from unreasonably priced solar power is a compromise that still allows solar energy ...

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Nigeria: Police dispute new attack claim by oil militants

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WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Local police are disputing claims that Nigerian oil militants struck another pipeline in the Niger Delta, saying an explosion was instead caused by a gas leakage. Cordelia Nwawe, police spokesperson for Akwa Ibom state, said Friday that engineers were “working to rectify the leakage” from the pipeline owned by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. The Niger ...

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Cincinnati opposing proposed natural gas pipeline

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BLUE ASH, Ohio (AP) — Cincinnati is opposing proposals to build a 12-mile natural gas pipeline that would replace an existing line that has been in place since the 1950s. Duke Energy met with residents in a Cincinnati suburb Wednesday to answer questions about the company’s pipeline proposals in Hamilton County. The energy company says a study found the existing ...

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Pennsylvania counties see less money from gas drilling fee

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

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania counties and municipal governments will see less money from a state fee on Marcellus Shale gas wells, as expected. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said Wednesday that impact fee revenue from Marcellus Shale wells dropped by $36 million to about $188 million. That’s the lowest annual payment in the five-year history of the impact fee, ...

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PPL exec apologizes for actions that redirected repair crew

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A vice president at electric utility PPL apologized Wednesday for his actions that led a repair crew to be redirected to his neighborhood after a 2011 power outage even though it wasn’t next in line. PPL issued the statement from Dave Bonenberger, vice president of distribution operations, hours after state utility regulators complied with a state ...

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Stock indexes fall yet again as British vote looms

Traders Peter Tuchman, left, and David O'Day work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Stocks are opening lower as the market's losses continue for the sixth day in a row. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were declining for a sixth day Thursday as investors continued to brace for next week’s vote on whether Britain would remain a member of the European Union. Japanese stocks plunged 3 percent after the Bank of Japan decided not to increase its economic stimulus efforts. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 91 points, ...

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Wildfire near California oil refinery burning out of control

Residents of the town of Chilili along state road 337 begin to evacuate due to the Dog Head wildfire near the Manzano mountains, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Chilili, N.M. Authorities don't have a containment estimate yet for a wildfire burning in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque but say good weather helped firefighters attack the fire overnight. The so-called "Dog Head Fire" in part of the Cibola National Forest east of Los Lunas started Tuesday and grew to over a square mile by Wednesday morning after its growth slowed overnight. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire spurred by strong gusts mushroomed in size and burned out of control Thursday in a remote coastal area west of Santa Barbara, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of campers, some homes and an oil refinery as it crept toward the ocean. Winds and rising temperatures across the dry Western U.S. also worsened wildfires ...

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