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Beshear proposes gas-tax increase to help fund road projects

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s tax on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol motor fuels at the pump would jump 1.5 cents a gallon under Gov. Steve Beshear’s plan to make transportation improvements across the state. Beshear said in his two-year budget proposal presented to lawmakers Tuesday that he wants to reverse a 1.5 cents-per-gallon decrease that automatically went into effect Jan. ...

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U.S. Republican invokes obscure law to try to block carbon limits


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media WASHINGTON Jan 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Republican leader said on Thursday he would use a rarely used law to try to stop the administration from issuing rules that would limit the amount of carbon that power plants can pump into the atmosphere. The Environmental Protection Agency’s pending rules on emissions from new ...

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Longmont council hears about fracking, triathlon at public comment session


Tuesday night’s open forum came down to the three F’s: flophouses, fracking and family triathlons. The three issues produced a throng of speakers for the Longmont City Council’s annual all-public-comment session. Two may even get a resolution in the near future. City staff said they would pursue a nuisance abatement against an accused “flophouse” at 330 Collyer St., while Mayor ...

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ONEOK will turn its natural gas distribution segment into new firm


Tulsa-based ONEOK Inc. said Monday in a guidance announcement that it is on target to complete its spinoff of the company’s natural gas distribution segment into ONE Gas Inc. in the first quarter. ONEOK listed the effective date for the spinoff as Jan. 1 for guidance purposes, spokeswoman Megan Washbourne said. The actual closing of the transaction will come later, ...

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Poll respondents say they support natural gas environmental safeguards

The Nature Conservancy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — According to a poll of Central Appalachian voters by a bipartisan research team commissioned by The Nature Conservancy, more than 80 percent of respondents said they would support establishing strong environmental safeguards as a condition for further natural gas development. Specific actions endorsed by poll respondents include regional planning, science-based protections and guidelines, and requirements to prevent ...

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High-Risk OIl and Natural Gas Transportation Should Focus Investor Spotlight

The transportation of our essential oil and natural gas supplies has always been a risky business; with that risk underscored whenever there’s a major accident — like the massive gas pipeline explosion last week in western Missouri. But it’s events like the Missouri accident that should focus industry and investor attention on Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM). Operating in the business software ...

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Natural Gas Boom Benefits Big Users More Than Small

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Fracking has sent the price of natural gas plummeting, just not for the people who need it most. The straight-out-of-the-ground price of natural gas is way down since the start of the boom in hydraulic fracturing. Back in 2008, users buying gas directly from drillers were paying an average of $7.97 per thousand cubic feet, according to the Energy Information ...

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Gas drillers should minimize impact on nature, poll says

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Results of a poll by The Nature Conservancy in the six-state Marcellus Shale gas region of the Appalachians indicate strong support for better regional planning to minimize impacts on forest and water resources, as well as tougher environmental safeguards. The poll, scheduled for release at noon today, also shows that a majority of those polled — 54 percent — say ...

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