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Court: Ratepayers can’t be asked to finance natural gas pipelines

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BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts is blocking electric utilities from passing on to ratepayers the costs of building new natural gas pipelines. The Supreme Judicial Court in its unanimous decision on Wednesday said state regulators made a mistake in approving the tariffs and authorizing utilities to sign long-term contracts for natural gas generating capacity. The decision was ...

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Oglala Sioux Tribe members to join pipeline protesters

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Oglala Sioux Tribe members are traveling from their reservation in southwest South Dakota to join a growing protest against the construction of a four-state oil pipeline. Donna Solomon is the tribe’s legislative liaison. She says at least two buses and several cars carrying tribal members will arrive Monday evening to the site of the protest ...

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Judge tosses flag desecration charge; was pipeline protest

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A flag desecration charge was dropped Monday for a man who protested a crude oil pipeline that crosses his property by hanging an American flag upside down at his home, online court records show. Homer Martz, 63, was charged Friday under a state law that makes it illegal to defile, cast contempt upon, satirize or ...

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North Dakota patrol asks motorists to avoid pipeline protest

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid state Highway 1806 near Fort Rice because of an oil pipeline protest along the road. Troopers say traffic delays are expected on the highway that runs through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are protesting ...

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Jenkins, Pompeo warn of ‘attack’ on fossil fuel industry


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas oil and gas producers listened to dire warnings about their industry’s future from two House members during their convention in Wichita. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins told the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association on Monday that it is still an assault on the industry by President Barack Obama’s administration from a regulatory environment to tax ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 20K barrels daily in June

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production decreased by more than 20,000 barrels a day in June. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.02 million barrels of oil daily in June, down from 1.04 million barrels in May. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North ...

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US rig count up 17 this week to 481, Texas up 13

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 17 this week to 481. A year ago, 884 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 396 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas ...

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Shailene Woodley joins oil pipeline protest in North Dakota

Shailene Woodley, Dakota Access pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Actress Shailene Woodley has joined a group of protesters in North Dakota demonstrating against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2b3S3q4 ) the star of the “Divergent” movie series joined more than 200 protesters Thursday at a “spirit camp” established by the Standing Rock Sioux at the confluence of the Cannonball and ...

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Global oil demand to cool, oversupply is ending, agency says

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LONDON (AP) — Global demand for oil will grow less than expected next year due to a weaker world economy, though the oversupply of crude in the market is ending, the International Energy Agency said Thursday. The Paris-based agency, which consults oil-importing nations, lowered its forecast for demand growth next year to 1.2 million barrels a day from 1.3 million ...

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Diesel oil spills from grounded oil rig on Scottish island

LONDON (AP) — A British official says thousands of liters (gallons) of diesel have likely spilled from an oil rig that was blown onto a remote Scottish beach. The Transocean Winner was being towed when it broke free of its tug and ran aground on the Isle of Lewis on Monday. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says two fuel tanks ...

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