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Appeals court: Judge was right to nix oilfield death suit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a South Dakota man who was killed in an accident in the North Dakota oil patch five years ago. Fifty-two-year-old Joseph Kronberg, of Bison, South Dakota, was electrocuted in May 2011 when he stepped onto a ...

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Man waiting for late father’s Wah Chang compensation

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As of last week, 219 current or former Wah Chang employees or their survivors had received more than $35 million in benefits as compensation from the federal government for cancers contracted through radiation exposure at the Millersburg metals refinery. Most of them owe a debt of gratitude to Mark Backer, whose petition on behalf of his ...

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Construction permit approved, but fight over environmental impact lingers

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UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue a permit allowing an electric generation plant to convert from coal-fired to gas-fired has drawn ire from environmental groups. Activist groups including The Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey say the permit will allow B.L. England’s plant in Cape May County to produce more ...

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Welspun awarded $47 million contract for Diamond Pipeline

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Welspun Tubular says it’s received a $47 million order to help build a 440-mile pipeline that will carry oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Memphis, Tennessee. Welspun and Diamond Pipeline LLC say the order accounts for approximately two-thirds of the pipe needed to build the Diamond Pipeline. The $900 million pipeline will be capable of transporting ...

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Company acquires Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation is being acquired by a privately-held holding company. The Fort Smith company said Monday that it will be acquired by Summit Utilities, which owns and operates natural gas distribution subsidiaries in Colorado, Missouri and Maine. AOG serves nearly 60,000 natural gas utility customers in Arkansas and Oklahoma and has been ...

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LePage, environmental lobbyists weigh future of solar policy

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage and powerful environmental lobbyists are among those weighing in on the future of a Maine policy that gives bill credits to solar system owners for the retail value of the excess energy they feed back into the grid. LePage calls the nearly 30-year-old law a reverse Robin Hood program that lets those ...

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Judge dismisses challenge to 180-day limit on ballot drives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has dismissed a challenge to restrictions on how long ballot drive organizers have to collect voter signatures. The Committee to Ban Fracking wants to use more than 200,000 already-gathered signatures to help qualify for the 2018 statewide ballot. It sued to challenge the constitutionality of Michigan’s 180-day time period for signature collecting. Court ...

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Militants: Ex-president is sponsor of Nigeria oil attacks

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — A splinter group of Nigerian oil militants accuses former President Goodluck Jonathan and other politicians in the oil-rich Niger Delta of sponsoring attacks on oil installations that have slashed the West African nation’s petroleum production. Jonathan denied the allegations Monday and, through a spokesman, said the militants want to kill him. On Sunday, the Reformed Niger ...

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Connecticut house explosion injures 7, sends debris flying

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VERNON, Conn. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a house to explode in Connecticut, injuring seven people, including four children, and sending debris flying. Police, fire and rescue crews responded to the home in Vernon on Thursday afternoon. Three of the victims were outside when rescuers arrived, while the other four were trapped in the rubble. Crews ...

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Judge denies tugboat owner’s effort to sue government

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that a tugboat company can’t countersue the government for payment for cleaning up a 2013 oil spill on the Mississippi River. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves refused to allow a challenge to an earlier U.S. Coast Guard administrative decision denying a request by Nature’s Way Marine to be reimbursed up to ...

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