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U.S. drilling gear could protect from potential Cuban oil spill

By Dan Christensen | The Bradenn Herald, Fl. South Florida’s fragile coastal environment and multibillion-dollar tourist industry are threatened by Cuba’s apparent plans to restart its offshore oil-drilling program next year without adequate safety measures in place to prevent or contain a catastrophic spill. Environmentalists and others, including former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, co-chairman of the 2010 national commission on ...

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Injection well operator in Logan County earthquake zone agrees to additional monitoring

By Paul Monies | Business Writer for The Oklahoman An oil company drilling in Logan County has been asked to monitor a disposal well more closely after concerns it could affect a nearby earthquake fault line. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted 2-0 Thursday to approve a saltwater disposal well for Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. in northwestern Logan County, about 11 ...

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Flaring illuminates red-tape, points to growing national trend

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media In a land speckled with oil rigs, light refracts through the shimmering flames of natural gas vents and shines through rolls of bureaucratic red-tape, revealing a growing energy trend. With the continued advancement of the natural gas industry and its continued venting into the atmosphere, private and commercial entities alike are refining the ...

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Mine would draw water from Carlsbad aquifer

By Zach Ponce | The Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. CARLSBAD — It could take up to 500 years to replenish the brine water pumped out of the Capitan Reef aquifer if a new potash mine operates for 50 years, according to a state memo obtained by the Current-Argus. The Capitan Reef is the same aquifer that provides Carlsbad’s drinking water, though the potash ...

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Fight over planned Idaho fertilizer plant

By Rocky Barker | The Idaho Statesman A company seeking to invest $2 billion to build a nitrogen fertilizer plant in American Falls has hit a snag with its air quality permit. But it wasn’t an environmental group that filed an appeal against the state of Idaho for approving Magnida Magnolia Nitrogen’s permit. Corporate agriculture giant ConAgra, whose subsidiary Lamb ...

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Spain close to approving new renewable energy rules: minister

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish cabinet could approve on Friday a law that will cut renewable energy subsidies as part of a drive to reduce a 30 billion euro ($41 billion) power tariff deficit, built up during years of keeping prices below regulated costs. The new law, the thrust of which was announced by the government in July last year, ...

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SLV solar plant plan in the works

By Matt Hildner | The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. ALAMOSA – A California company and Xcel Energy have come to terms on a power purchase agreement for a 50-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in the north end of Alamosa County. While SunPower still must secure financing and interconnection rights for the project, the plant would become the biggest one in the valley, ...

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EPA records sought to see if pressure led to biofuel action

By Kyung Song | The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — A Washington, D.C., watchdog group is seeking records from the Environmental Protection Agency to determine if political pressure from oil interests led to the agency’s decision to scale back the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended into the nation’s transportation-fuel supply. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on ...

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Oil little changed ahead of US supply report

The Associated Press The price of oil was little changed below $103 barrel Thursday as traders awaited confirmation of a large rise in U.S. crude stockpiles. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for July delivery was down 4 cents to $102.68 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract dropped $1.39 ...

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Georgia electric plants cut carbon faster than the nation

By Matt Kempner | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution As federal regulators prepare to reveal new pollution limits Monday to fight climate change, Georgia still has the nation’s biggest carbon-polluting power plant, Plant Scherer near Macon. But the state also has cut carbon dioxide emissions more sharply than the national average in recent years, according to the author of a new collaborative ...

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