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Judge denies Iowa landowners’ request to halt pipeline work

no trespassing, pipeline protest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A district court judge on Monday denied a request by Iowa landowners to immediately halt construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline on 15 parcels of their land, saying they must first talk to state regulators. A state law written in 1998 says the Iowa Utilities Board must consider such a request before the court ...

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Wisconsin’s high electricity rates spark industry warnings

Alliant wins approval for $700M power plant near Beloit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s high electricity rates could spark some of its big manufacturers to move or expand elsewhere, state regulators have been warned. Wisconsin’s average electric rates are highest among eight Midwest states for the first time since 2006, according to a report approved by the Public Service Commission last month. Comments submitted in response to that report ...

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Natural gas blamed in apartment explosion that killed 7

natural gas explosion, apartment explosion

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A buildup of natural gas caused an explosion and fire that killed seven people and injured dozens of others at a Maryland apartment building last week, investigators said Friday. The exact cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but Daniel Board, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Baltimore ...

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Groups reach $6M West Virginia coal mine cleanup deal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $6 million settlement has been reached in federal court that will restore damage from West Virginia mountaintop removal mines. The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy announced the settlement with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. A consent decree was entered Friday in U.S. District Court in Huntington. The Legacy Fund ...

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US rig count up 10 this week to 491, Texas up 8

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 491. A year ago, 885 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas ...

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Enviro groups file suit to try and stop SE pipeline project

pipeline, pipeline tax

ATLANTA (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit to stop a 516-miles natural gas pipeline project that would travel through three Southeastern states. Groups including the Sierra Club filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers comes less than a week after the ...

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North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date

pipeline, pipeline tax

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next week in Washington, D.C. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota ...

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Can North Dakota coal survive in a clean power era?

Freedom Mine, lignite coal, Beulah

In the last few years, it’s oil and gas that people think of when North Dakota’s energy industry is mentioned. But they often forget about #coal, a staple in the state’s energy economy, and still providing a healthy backbone for communities near North Dakota lignite mines. This week, Inside Energy wrote an article detailing why North Dakota lignite is still an influential ...

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The Latest: New Mexico approves Facebook power plan

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a power-supply plan for a proposed Facebook data center as the state vies with Utah to lure investments by the social media giant. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a plan from investor-owned utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico that would use new solar ...

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Sioux tribe leader wants political help to halt oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says he has contacted the White House and met with North Dakota’s senators in an effort to halt construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline. David Archambault II says he met Wednesday with North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp to “express concerns” about the Dakota ...

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