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Environmental groups want to question Duke plans

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two environmental groups want to take part in hearings on whether Duke Energy needs to build three natural gas-powered plants in western North Carolina. The Southern Environmental Law Center said Tuesday it’s filed paperwork on behalf of MountainTrue and the Sierra Club to take part in hearings before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Duke Energy said ...

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Bangor Natural Gas delays Lincoln expansion a year

LINCOLN, Maine — Lower fuel costs and the loss of a major customer will delay until 2017 the expansion into downtown of Bangor Natural Gas’ $7.5 million Lincoln pipeline, officials said Tuesday. The shutdown of the Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC mill on West Broadway last month generated speculation that the expansion was threatened by the loss of such a ...

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Scant benefit expected from lifting oil export ban

The federal government is preparing to lift its ban on crude oil exports for the first time in 40 years, but most producers and industry analysts expect little benefit, at least in the short to medium term. Congress agreed to suspend the ban in its new omnibus spending bill approved on Friday and since signed by the president. That could ...

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Ontario Energy Board approves two contracts to ship Ohio natural gas to Canada via Nexus Pipeline

Two customers of the proposed Nexus Pipeline have won Canadian provincial approval to transport natural gas from Ohio to Ontario. Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp. on Friday announced that the Ontario Energy Board has approved applications from Union Gas Ltd. and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. for 15-year contracts. They want to move natural gas from the Appalachian Basin into the Dawn ...

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Porter Ranch gas leak dampens local businesses

Porter Ranch gas leak

It’s a Sunday afternoon and the NFL season is in high gear. But Wines of the World in Porter Ranch, a popular spot for locals to pick up football party supplies, is quiet. No customers are dropping by. A pall has settled over the tiny North San Fernando Valley community as a massive leak at Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso ...

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Public comment sought on Tacoma methanol plant

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The city of Tacoma is seeking public comment on a plan for a plant to turn natural gas into methanol for export to China. The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/PQLLAv ) two public meetings will be held early next year, on Jan. 21 and Feb. 16. The city of Tacoma will also accept written comments through Feb. ...

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Laid-off woman’s Facebook plea brings help for Christmas

This June 21, 2015 family photo provided by Elizabeth Garcia shows Garcia posing with her children Cristian, rear, and Nayeli, at their home in Watford City, N.D. The oil industry slump is leading to layoffs in North Dakota’s oil patch, but Garcia, who was laid of before Christmas, has found some surprising support. Garcia couldn’t buy presents for her two kids, so she put her plight on Facebook and tried to sell an old camper she owned. The response was overwhelming. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Garcia via AP)

BISMARCK, N.D. — When Elizabeth Garcia looked at the bare area under her Christmas tree and considered the bills that had been mounting since her last job layoff, she knew she had to do something to give her family a merry holiday. She turned to social media. Garcia, 33, one of thousands of North Dakotans to lose their jobs during ...

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EPA’s social-media strategy broke the law, federal report says

The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire again over the Clean Water Act rule — this time for using what a federal watchdog called “propaganda” to push the controversial rule. In a report released this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the EPA violated federal law when it sent out messages through social media regarding the Clean Water Act ...

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Sister of California governor on board of firm in gas leak

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sister of California Gov. Jerry Brown is a paid board member of the energy company involved in a massive weeks-long natural-gas leak in Southern California. The New York-based Public Accountability Initiative watchdog group contended Friday that Kathleen L. Brown’s $188,380-a-year position with Sempra Energy represents a conflict for the governor as the state responds to ...

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