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Keystone XL developer drops landowner lawsuits in Nebraska

The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. REUTERS/TransCanada Corporation/Handout

LINCOLN, Neb. — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline is shifting course in Nebraska and will withdraw lawsuits seeking to gain access to the property of landowners who oppose the project, the company announced Tuesday. TransCanada Inc. said it will abandon its current efforts to invoke eminent domain through the courts and will reapply for state approval despite having ...

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Pittsburgh to spend $5M in private money to gird for natural disasters, improve infrastructure

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Pittsburgh will receive $5 million over the next five years to spend on projects aimed at preparing the city to respond to and prevent natural disasters and other challenges. Mayor Bill Peduto announced Saturday he signed a “resilience pledge” to commit 10 percent of the city’s budget to flood control, street and facility improvements and other projects. The city already ...

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This winter, WNY could see lowest heating costs in 21 years

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It shouldn’t break the bank to keep your home warm this winter. With natural gas prices at a three-year low, National Fuel Gas Co. predicts this winter’s heating bills will be about 29 percent lower than they were last winter. If temperatures are normal, the Amherst-based energy company forecasts the average residential customer will pay $454 to heat their home ...

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FULL STORY: North Street in Meadville is open to traffic

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Business owners on North Street in Meadville are relieved that the road is now open to traffic after a more than two year wait. The street opening is “pretty darn exciting,” said Laurie Davis, owner of Laurie’s Embroidery at 283 North St. “Customers told me that they were worn out from the length of the project and the difficulty they ...

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Gas producers partner with utilities to extend public water lines

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Seven years ago, officials at Pennsylvania American Water debated whether the company should provide water to the new shale gas industry taking hold in the state. “In the early days, there were a lot of issues around water quality and water quantity,” Senior Vice President Kathy Pape said last week during a gas industry conference in Philadelphia. “There were concerns ...

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Pittsburgh metro area growing, census shows

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The Pittsburgh metro area in 2014 gained about 5,200 homes, which include multi-unit and single-family dwellings, according to federal figures released Thursday. Local government officials called the increase an affirmation of the growth they’ve noticed. “I don’t think this is a one-year or two-year thing,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. The number of housing units increased 0.3 percent, to ...

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AP survey: How cities are handling surge in oil trains

A man walks past homes, condominiums, and train tank cars with signs indicating  petroleum crude oil standing idle on the tracks in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Activists in Philadelphia question whether the city has adequately communicated its evacuation plans with residents who would have to leave quickly after an accident. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of crude have become a common sight in cities around the U.S., raising concern about the possibility of a catastrophic derailment near crowded neighborhoods or critical infrastructure. In the wake of a half-dozen fiery crashes this year, The Associated Press surveyed nearly a dozen cities with populations of more than 250,000 to gauge how ...

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Nearly half of hotel rooms in North Dakota oil capital sit empty

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Nearly half of the hotel rooms in the epicenter of North Dakota’s energy boom have been sitting empty this year, yet another sign that plunging oil prices have cooled the economy of the second-largest crude producing U.S. state. Producers, oilfield service providers and other energy companies across the state’s western oil patch have cut employee hours, canceled ...

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Target Logistics contracted for Permian work lodge

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A new major project is underway in West Texas for workforce housing firm Target Logistics. Earlier today, the company announced that construction will begin immediately on a housing facility for “one of the world’s largest” oil and gas exploration and production companies. The announcement did not specifically name the company, but said occupancy should be available by early 2016. “We ...

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6 Reasons the kitchen is the best room in the house

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The kitchen is the hub of the home for many households. Between a kitchen’s many functions as a source of nutrition, a gathering point, workshop and quencher of midnight munchies, it’s easy to see why we can’t stay out of the kitchen (perhaps to the frustration of the cooks in our homes). With all of the delicious meals cooked, school ...

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