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Obama signs New York state disaster declaration

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal governments pay to clean up and rebuild after a blockbuster storm buried the region under more than 7 feet of snow last month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the storm had cost more than $46 ...

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Dominion East Ohio says shale gas will help keep prices moderate this winter in Northeast Ohio

Cleveland-based Dominion East Ohio expects increased production from the Utica and Marcellus shale in Ohio and nearby states to provide ample supplies of natural gas at moderate prices this winter. “Once again, customers can set their thermostats with confidence this winter,” said Jeff Murphy, general manager — commercial operations. He said natural gas prices for the remainder of the winter ...

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U.S. housing starts fall, but trend points to recovery

WASHINGTON – U.S. housing starts and permits fell in November, but remained at levels consistent with a gradually improving housing market. Groundbreaking declined 1.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.028 million units, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday. October’s starts were revised up to a pace of 1.045 million units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast starts ...

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Oil industry trucks worry Glenrock-area residents

GLENROCK, Wyo. — A surge in oil field truck traffic is a potential safety hazard and Converse County officials need to do more to keep the trucks out of their neighborhoods, homeowners in the Glenrock area said. Oil development and related truck traffic has been steadily on the rise in eastern Wyoming for several years now. Recently Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake ...

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7 ways to minimize electric bills during a polar vortex winter

It should come as no surprise to most Americans that utility bills are higher this time of year. With bizarre weather patterns, even those in the southern parts of the country are feeling a bit chilly. Fortunately, there are a ton of ways to cut down on energy use and bring those utility bills down. According to the Department of ...

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Erie fracking: Encana tells residents it’s reducing noise at wells

Following numerous complaints from homeowners, Encana Oil & Gas announced new sound mitigation efforts at its active well sites in Erie. In a notice sent to residents of the Vista Ridge neighborhood Tuesday night, Encana outlined steps it has taken at nearby wells it hopes will result in a marked improvement in the amount of noise its equipment is generating ...

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Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

WASHINGTON — It’s the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers. College graduates and younger families have been clustering in coastal cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle, ...

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Summit Natural Gas falls behind on its goals

Peggy Pisini could have been the ideal natural gas customer. After Pisini and her husband, Jim, paid oil bills of up to $700 every month or two last winter to heat their home in Cumberland Foreside, Pisini was excited to learn that Summit Natural Gas of Maine would soon bring the efficient fuel source to her doorstep. The family signed ...

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