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The Latest: Retrofitting Montana power plant would be costly

Colstrip, coal-fired power plant

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Montana’s Colstrip power plant. (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Federal officials say retrofitting Montana’s largest coal-fired power plant to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions would cost at least $1.2 billion. Representatives of the Department of Energy presented that finding to Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday ...

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Sen. Manchin: Energy secretary to visit West Virginia

Ernest Moniz, energy secretary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin says U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is accepting his offer to visit his coal-dependent home state of West Virginia. The West Virginia Democrat says Moniz agreed to visit the Mountain State in September. Additional details for the trip have not been released yet. Manchin says Moniz will see firsthand West Virginia’s ongoing work ...

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Man accused of stealing oil patch explosives signs plea deal

Tyler Porter, explosives

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his western North Dakota home has signed a plea agreement with the government, according to federal court documents released Wednesday. Authorities accuse Tyler Porter, 35, of stealing more than 200 explosives from two companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch ...

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Group asks regulators to stop work on proposed nuclear plant

Nuclear Power, Dominion

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A consumer group wants electric utility Dominion Virginia Power to get explicit approval from state regulators before it spends any more money prepping for a potential new $19 billion nuclear plant. The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council filed a motion Tuesday arguing that Dominion is currently in violation of state law because it’s started doing preliminary construction ...

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Offshore wind sails forward, but a different story on land

wind turbine protest

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Dreams of a wind-powered nation sparked by the pioneering Atlantic Ocean project are running aground back on shore, where conventional battles over ...

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Coastal panel staff recommends smaller oil land development

burrowing owl, Newport Beach

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — State coastal panel staff are recommending a proposal to build homes and a hotel on a large oil field in Newport Beach be downsized to make more room for the burrowing owl. A report released Friday by California Coastal Commission staff suggests that the panel confine development on 401-acre Banning Ranch to about 20 acres. ...

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Over 10K gallons of oil-saltwater mixture spills by Fryburg

oil, saltwater spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says about 10,710 gallons of an oil and water mixture has spilled in Billings County. The spill happened Friday at a site almost five miles southwest of Fryburg. The spill resulted from a tank leak at a site operated by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The agency estimates about 9,240 gallons ...

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Maryland officials: companies to pay penalty for polluting

BALTIMORE (AP) — The owners that operate two power plants in Maryland have agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to resolve allegations over polluting in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers. The Maryland Department of the Environment announced the federal court agreement Monday. The department says NRG Chalk Point and GenOn Mid Atlantic operate the Chalk Point Electric Generating Station ...

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States review clean energy projects for New England region

rooftop solar panels, renewable energy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials are joining with electric utilities to evaluate more than 50 solicitations from companies to build plants that would generate clean energy for all three states. The states are hoping to leverage their combined purchasing power and attract projects they possibly couldn’t lure on their own. The goal is to ultimately ...

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Tank explodes at California refinery; no injuries reported

refinery fire, Tesoro refinery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sulfur storage tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. No injuries were reported. There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast at the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington near Long Beach. The fire was quickly extinguished, but ...

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