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Idaho oil and gas commission starts rulemaking process

Idaho State Capitol building in Boise. (Image: Thomas Hawk via Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Thursday began the process of writing new rules for the oil and gas industry with input from the public under a new law aimed at speeding up energy production. The commission on a 4-0 vote set in motion a process known as negotiated rulemaking that will take months ...

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Oklahoma budget uncertain as Legislature nears halfway point

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Almost halfway through the 2016 legislative session, Oklahoma lawmakers are still not sure how to resolve the most critical issue they face — closing an estimated $1.3 billion hole in the state budget for the coming year. Should they abolish tax credit programs enacted to lure new businesses to the state, or authorize deep cuts to ...

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Fracking ballot initiative gets state OK for petition drive

An Encana operated drilling rig surrounded by a sound wall active in Colorado's Denvery-Julesburg Basin. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp.)

DENVER (AP) — Backers of a proposal that would let local governments regulate or ban fracking have won approval to circulate petitions to put it before voters. The Secretary of State’s Office said Thursday supporters have until Aug. 8 to gather more than 98,000 signatures. If they succeed, voters would approve or reject the proposal in the Nov. 8 general ...

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Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

DENVER (AP) — A bill enabling Coloradans to sue oil and gas drilling firms whose fracking operations damage property or harm people has advanced in the Democrat-led state House. Specifically, the bill would hold energy companies liable if their operations cause damaging earthquakes. The bill says plaintiffs could sue without having to prove that a drilling operation directly caused an ...

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Wyoming energy plan seeks wider role in US land planning

Fired by coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. W. A. Parish Power Plant has changed hands from Houston Light & Power to Reliant Energy to NRG Energy. (Image: Roy Luck via Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Updating the state’s energy plan at a bleak time for Wyoming’s coal, oil and natural gas industries offers little solace for people losing their jobs but helps ensure the state is doing all it can for its economy, Gov. Matt Mead said in releasing the plan Monday. Wyoming can’t control the global coal, oil and natural ...

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Texas oil company shuts wells in New Mexico after spill

Texas oil company shuts wells in New Mexico after spill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas oil driller has taken the first step toward cleaning up a spill at a waste-water injection well in southeastern New Mexico used by the oil and natural gas industry. Midland, Texas-based Siana Operations has filed for a remediation permit and is likely to join state officials this week in assessing damage to property ...

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Panel: Finding climate fingerprints in wild weather is valid

Panel: Finding climate fingerprints in wild weather is valid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate science has progressed so much that experts can accurately detect global warming’s fingerprints on certain extreme weather events, such as a heat wave, according to a high-level scientific advisory panel. For years scientists have given almost a rote response to the question of whether an instance of weird weather was from global warming, insisting that they ...

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Obama, Trudeau target methane emissions in new agreement

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed on Thursday to curbing methane emissions by reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors. (Image: Bryce Bradford via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed on Thursday to curbing methane emissions by reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors by at least 40 percent over the next decade from 2012 levels. It’s a goal the Obama administration had cited previously, and it rolled out regulations in August that were focused ...

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The Latest: Trump says fracking approval can help him win NY

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he arrives during a rally at Wexford County Civic Center, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Cadillac, Mich. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all Eastern Standard Time): 9:15 p.m. GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he thinks he can win New York, despite Democrats’ significant voter registration advantage, because he’s in favor of a practice called fracking. Trump tells an audience in New Orleans on Friday night that “New York has been let down” because ...

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Wyoming counties, conservation districts sue over sage grouse

A Greater Sage Grouse seen flaunting its tail feathers. (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A group of counties and conservation districts in western Wyoming is the latest to sue the federal government over its plans to protect habitat for the greater sage grouse over a vast area of the West. The lawsuit from the Wyoming Coalition of Local Governments joins lawsuits filed by ranchers, mining companies and others who call ...

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