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Top 5 Bakken news stories – May 6-13

It’s been a busy week for the Bakken. The Dakota Access pipeline is facing more resistance from environmental groups while production figures in North Dakota dropped by about 9,800 barrels in March. Meanwhile, a new study shows how much methane oil and gas development in the oil patch is emitting into the atmosphere, and Montana lawmakers are left dealing with ...

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New York invests in $220 million in clean energy projects

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is partnering with several private companies to invest up to $220 million in new clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The move, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, is part of the state’s effort to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030. Overall, the state plans to set ...

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West Virginia progresses with old coal site to lure business

JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are moving forward with the development of a massive surface coal mine they believe can be reshaped into up to 12,000 acres for new businesses and homes. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration announced upcoming steps Thursday at the largely reclaimed Hobet mine. The project stretching through Boone and Lincoln counties is in its ...

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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reports to prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reported to a California prison Thursday to begin serving a one-year sentence for his conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman said. Spokesman Justin Long said Thursday evening that Blankenship was in custody at a federal facility in Taft, California. ...

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Alberta to have plan within 2 weeks for returning evacuees

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Alberta will have a plan within two weeks for getting residents of the wildfire-ravaged oil sands capital Fort McMurray back into their homes, even as fire conditions were forecast to worsen, the province’s municipal affairs minister said Thursday. Danielle Larivee told reporters she realizes how difficult it is for evacuees — thousands of them in the ...

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Loud and low-carb: Cicadas are back in Ohio, West Virginia

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 17-year cicadas are coming again, millions of them, with their unnerving red eyes, orange wings and cacophonous mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes. For those who have an aversion to prawn-size, flying bugs, the next six weeks or so will be like a long horror-movie scene in large swaths ...

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Hundreds to protest at 2 oil refineries near Anacortes

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SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of people are gathering at the site of two oil refineries near Anacortes to call for action on climate change. The three-day event begins Friday and includes protesters in kayaks, community workshops and a three-mile march along the shores of Fidalgo Bay in front of the Tesoro and Shell refineries. It’s part of a series of ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 9,850 barrels daily in March

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production decreased by about 9,850 barrels a day in March. The agency says the state produced an average of 1.09 million barrels of oil daily in March. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North Dakota also produced a record 1.70 billion cubic ...

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Push to start Dakota Access pipeline construction meets firm opposition

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Opponents of a proposed oil pipeline slated to run through four Midwestern states pressed Iowa regulators Thursday to keep a Texas-based petroleum company from starting construction before all federal permits are approved. Dakota Access planned on beginning construction by now on the 1,150-mile pipeline that’s designed to carry a half-million barrels of oil a day ...

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Denmark’s Dong Energy planning IPO within months

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s DONG Energy, which focuses on wind power generation, says it plans an initial public offering of at least 15 percent of its shares on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock exchange this summer. The state-controlled utility said the move would reduce the government’s stake in the company from 58.8 percent to 50.1 percent. Goldman Sachs currently holds ...

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