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Woman files lawsuit over Vermont Gas pipeline hearing

Vermont Gas

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state’s Public Service Board over an upcoming closed-door hearing regarding the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County. The lawsuit, filed by Lisa Barrett on Friday in Burlington, alleges that the board violated the public’s rights by denying them entry to the Aug. 4 hearing. ...

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Energy company BP says 2Q earnings fell 45 percent

BP Q2 earnings

LONDON (AP) — BP’s second-quarter earnings fell 45 percent as lower oil prices hit the British energy company. Underlying replacement cost profit, which excludes one-time items and fluctuations in the value of inventories, fell to $720 million from $1.3 billion in the same quarter a year earlier, the company said in a statement released Tuesday. BP’s net loss narrowed to ...

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Railroads might have to let rivals serve their customers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Freight railroads could soon be forced to allow competing railroads to serve some customers along their tracks if federal regulators approve a new rule. The Surface Transportation Board’s proposed rule would only apply to certain companies that don’t have many shipping options, but the companies that have been fighting for this change since 2011 praised Wednesday’s ...

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France’s Total profit falls 30 percent due to oil price drop

In this Feb.5, 2013 file photo, the logo of the French oil giant Total SA is seen at the entrance of the company headquarters in the La Defense business district, west of Paris. The French company said Thursday Feb.11, 2016 that profit adjusted for changes in the value of inventories and one-time items dropped to $2.1 billion from $2.8 billion in the same period a year earlier.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

PARIS (AP) — French energy company Total SA says its net income fell 30 percent in the second quarter to $2.09 billion due to the impact of lower oil prices. The Paris-based company said its sales for the April-June period were $37.22 billion, down from $44.72 billion in the year-earlier period. Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanne said the company will ...

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Freeport-McMoRan skids as 2Q sales fall short of estimates

Wall Street

PHOENIX (AP) — Freeport-McMoRan stock slumped Tuesday after the mining company reported weaker-than-expected revenue for the second quarter as the price of copper and oil plunged and gold sales tumbled. Freeport-McMoRan sold 156,000 ounces of gold, less than half as much as it sold a year ago. Meanwhile its average selling price for oil fell 18 percent compared to the ...

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Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

Wyoming coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has signed an agreement calling for cooperation between a consortium of Japanese companies and Wyoming experts in researching clean-coal technology. Mead signed a memorandum of understanding Monday in Cheyenne with the president of the Japan Coal Energy Center. The center represents about 120 manufacturing and energy companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki ...

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EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution

airplanes, pollution, EPA regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has found that jet engine exhaust is adding to climate change and endangering human health, and needs to be regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions. Jet engines spew significant amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and ...

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Torque wrench safety

safety

“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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Talen Energy laying off 131 workers at Pennsylvania sites

Talen Energy nuclear power

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — Talen Energy plans to cut 53 jobs at a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant, and dozens of other jobs at other facilities around the state. Company spokesman Todd Martin says the jobs will be cut at the Susquehanna Power Plant in Salem Township, near Berwick. That’s about 80 miles northeast of Harrisburg. Another seven workers who ...

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Tesla plans trucks, small SUV as part of future plans

Elon Musk, Tesla

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is working on multiple new vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses that could be unveiled as early as next year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company also plans a compact SUV and “a new kind of pickup truck” to complement its existing fleet. Tesla currently makes a luxury sedan, the Model ...

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