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County on track to meet greenhouse gas reductions

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Ventura County is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from county operations to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, county supervisors were told Tuesday. “The county is on target, not taking into account any other expansion,” Deputy Executive Officer Sue Hughes said after a one-hour presentation to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors by managers of county departments. ...

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NC fracking panel passes chemical disclosure rule

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RALEIGH — Fracking companies won the right to keep secret the chemical cocktails they pump underground during shale gas drilling in North Carolina under a chemical disclosure rule approved Tuesday by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission. The public safety standard will help the energy companies protect their secret sauce used in natural gas drilling, but critics said it would ...

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Florida House subcommittee approves fracking disclosure bill

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NAPLES — A bill aimed at hydraulic fracturing disclosure requirements has passed its first hurdle of the 2014 legislative session. The state House Agriculture and Natural Resources subcommittee approved House Bill 71, which would require the state to put disclosure requirements in place before the start of hydraulic fracturing, a type of oil and gas drilling known as fracking. A ...

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Parker, Wise residents vow to confront state officials about quakes

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AZLE — Armed with the battle cry “Shake the earth in Austin!” residents of Parker and Wise counties on Monday vowed to pack the next meeting of the Texas Railroad Commission to demand answers about the earthquakes that have rattled their communities since November. About 300 people turned out for the meeting in Azle’s Community Center, many saying they did ...

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US carbon pollution up 2 percent in 2013

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Energy Dept: US carbon emissions rise by 2 percent in 2013 after years of decline WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government report says energy-related carbon dioxide pollution increased slightly last year after declining for several years in a row. The 2 percent increase was largely due to a small increase in coal consumption in the electric power sector. Coal, long ...

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Can the water pumped down a disposal well trespass?

Who owns the dirt, oil, waste?

San Antonio — Do you really own your land from heaven to hell? A lawsuit filed by an East Texas rice farm against the operator of a nearby disposal well raises that question — and the potential answer has gotten the oil and gas industry’s attention. The Texas Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a case in which a ...

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West Virginia governor declares state of emergency for chemical spill

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(Reuters) – West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for five counties on Thursday following a chemical spill along the Elk River in Charleston, the state’s capital and largest city, according to the governor’s office and local officials. Health officials are advising residents not to drink, bathe or cook in the water, and only use it ...

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EPA to require S. Calif. offshore fracking reports

California offshore fracking

EPA: Offshore oil operations off Southern California must report discharged fracking chemicals LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast will have to report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday by federal environmental regulators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the requirement in the federal register, and ...

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Pinelands fight over pipeline to B.L. England plant comes to head

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An intensely debated plan to allow a natural gas pipeline through preserved forest will go before the Pinelands Commission on Friday. Regardless of how the commission votes, the issue is unlikely to go away any time soon. The 22-mile pipeline proposed by South Jersey Gas is intended to serve the B.L. England power plant in Beesleys Point, Upper Township. The ...

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