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Pittsburgh Penguins say PPG Paints is taking over arena name

Consol energy center, PPG Paints Arena

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are shifting their arena naming rights from Consol Energy Center to PPG Paints Arena. The move comes as Pittsburgh-based PPG increases its efforts in the retail paint business and Consol, based in suburban Cecil Township, has struggled with financial losses while transitioning from a coal-based firm to one fueled by the future of natural ...

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I never used to believe testimonials until I became one

spray foam insulation

As an industrial writer, I run across case studies and case histories for companies I work with all the time. Most of the time I take those with a grain of salt, figuring a company isn’t going to tout a case study when their product didn’t work. So I was intrigued when I was asked to write a story about ...

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NC regulator OKs Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas merger

Duke Energy, pollution, divestment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are allowing Duke Energy to expand from being the country’s largest electricity company to selling natural gas. Duke Energy Corp. said in a statement Thursday that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has allowed its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. The regulatory approval is the last needed for the deal. The transaction is ...

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Ayotte, Hassan clash over taxes, terror in Senate debate

The U.S. Capitol dome and U.S. Senate (R) in Washington, August 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan have clashed over everything from taxes, to immigration, to the Iran nuclear deal in the first debate in their hotly contested race. The debate Friday at a packed conference room at the North Conway Grand Hotel in Conway was largely congenial, though both candidates ...

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US Justice Department investigating Chesapeake Energy

A building at the Chesapeake Energy Corp. headquarters lights up for Christmas in Oklahoma City. (Image: Kool Cats Photography via Flickr)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into possible antitrust violations by Chesapeake Energy Corp. The Journal Record reports (http://bit.ly/2dwWCJ5 ) the agency has subpoenaed documents related to how the driller pays royalty owners and accounts for oil and gas reserves. Chesapeake disclosed the subpoena Thursday in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities ...

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SEC: Weatherford International oil firm to pay $140M fine

tax fraud, Weatherford International

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield-services company Weatherford International PLC has agreed to pay a $140 million fine to settle government claims that it used fraudulent tax accounting to inflate its earnings. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with Weatherford, which is based in Switzerland and has major operations in Houston. According to a settlement order, Weatherford issued financial ...

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North Dakota asks pipeline company to explain ranch purchase

cannonball-ranch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is asking the developer of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline to explain its purchase of a ranch where a protest turned violent earlier this month. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners recently purchased the 7,000-acre ranch last week for an undisclosed price. Stenehjem is giving the company 30 days to say ...

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Vattenfall gets EU green light to sell German coal assets

Wyoming coal

BERLIN (AP) — Energy company Vattenfall AB says it has received approval from the European Commission to sell its loss-making coal assets in Germany. The Swedish state-owned company said Thursday that it expects the transfer to Czech energy company EPH and private equity group PPF Investments to be completed in the coming weeks. The assets include four active mines and ...

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No new coal? Objections to Wyoming coal mine to be heard

Coal Mining in Wyoming. Photo: US Department of Interior.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A state regulatory board plans to consider whether Wyoming’s first major new coal mine in decades should proceed despite the objections of two landowners. A subsidiary of Lexington, Kentucky-based Ramaco seeks to develop the Brook Mine north of Sheridan. The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council on Wednesday will discuss a possible order allowing Brook Mining Company to ...

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