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Portland to try to keep better track of building energy

Portland Maine, energy conservation regulations

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Portland are considering an ordinance designed to keep better track of the energy use of larger buildings in the city. The City Council will consider a proposal requiring “utility benchmarking” for public and private buildings that have more than 20,000 square feet or more than 50 residential units. The ordinance says utility benchmarking means ...

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Western Maryland town bans fracking within its borders


FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is banning hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its borders. The Town Council approved the ban on a 5-1 vote Tuesday. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus shale rock formation. State environmental regulators are developing rules to allow companies to use the technique ...

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Gas prices falling in northern New England

gas price, gasoline, national average gas price

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices are on their way down in northern New England. GasBuddy surveys show the average retail price in New Hampshire is $2.22 per gallon, down 1.8 cents from last week. The average price per gallon in Maine has fallen 1.2 cents to $2.32. In Vermont, the price went down 1.8 cents, to $2.33. The national ...

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Commission rules electric rate review freeze is constitutional

Appalachia power, electric rates

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia State Corporation Commission has ruled a 2015 law that froze electric rate reviews and could cost customers hundreds of millions of dollars is constitutional. The commission issued ruling 2 to 1 Friday dismissing a challenge to the law from large industrial customers of Appalachian Power. The majority said its ruling was based only on ...

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Top 5 Marcellus stories of the week June 27 – July 3

Marcellus Top 5

While the economy settles after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, oil prices and the economy aren’t the only things on the minds of readers in the Marcellus shale area. News from the coal industry, still an important facet of Appalachian life, engaged readers this week. Plus…scandal! While news regarding fraud charges against Breitling Energy’s CEO, Chris Faulkner, got everyone’s ...

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Al Gore’s daughter among 23 arrested in pipeline protest

Karenna Gore, pipeline protest

BOSTON (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter was among 23 people arrested during a protest of a pipeline under construction. The arrests happened Wednesday at the site of Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline in Boston. Karenna Gore was among demonstrators who tried to block construction activity on the site by lying in a trench dug for the ...

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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

oil train, crude train, Sen. Schumer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains. The Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first. Oil coming from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation is considered more ...

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Maryland’s minimum wage to rise 50 cents to $8.75


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s minimum wage and the state’s gas tax are going up. Here’s a look at some new laws that take effect Friday: MINIMUM WAGE Maryland’s minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest bump scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved increases over several years from $7.25. It is scheduled to ...

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Md. releases proposed revisions to gas drilling plan


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The state of Maryland has released some proposed revisions to regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The Maryland Department of the Environment released them Wednesday, after an 18-month review of proposed regulations. The department says the 2015 proposal “laid a solid foundation” for ensuring natural gas production in western Maryland can be done “in a ...

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Vermont’s Addison gas pipeline growing in cost — again

modern pipeline at a valley

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Construction of a new natural gas pipeline partway down the western side of Vermont is rising in cost again. The Addison Natural Gas Project was originally slated to cost $64.4 million. But several increases in the estimate since then now have been topped with a new announcement putting the total cost at $165.6 million. That’s more ...

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