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Yuba-Sutter residents concerned about fracking

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By Monica Vaughan, Marysville Appeal-Democrat On a bicycle trip across the country with her husband, a Yuba City teacher saw evidence of the new energy boom in America hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. It made her wonder about the wells back home. “Finally, we hit New York and fracking in NYC’s watershed was a massive issue,” said Kelly Swanson. “After ...

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East Coast seismic testing gets endorsement

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East Coast waters are one step closer to opening to seismic testing, following a recent endorsement from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. That endorsement, released in an environmental impact statement on Feb. 27, does not authorize or permit any activities off the coast, and the secretary of the Interior has yet to issue a final decision on the ...

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‘A lot of fear’ about fracking

Oil well

The Texas oilman says that every time hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is discussed in the region, people present the “nightmare scenario.” “There is a lot of fear because people have told them, if they frack, they’re going to completely ruin our water system,” said Stan Sherrill, president of Shore Exploration and Production Corp. in Texas. “Nothing could be farther from ...

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State appeals to feds to probe natural gas link to electricity price spike

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ALBANY — State regulators want the federal government to look into recent spikes in natural gas prices during a long, cold winter that have caused electricity prices to skyrocket in the Capital Region and elsewhere upstate. Both the New York State Independent System Operator, which oversees the state’s electric grid, and the state Public Service Commission, which regulates energy in ...

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Vermont towns oppose IP pipeline

International Paper

TICONDEROGA — Voters in the Vermont towns of Cornwall and Shoreham have said they don’t want a natural-gas pipeline that would serve International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill to pass through their communities. By a vote of 126 to 16 during Cornwall Town Meeting Day on Monday evening, voters passed a non-binding resolution to oppose the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project’s 20-mile-long spur ...

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$9.5 billion ruling against Chevron was corrupt, judge says

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A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that a landmark $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador was the result of fraud, committed by lawyers who sued the oil giant for allegedly poisoning part of the Amazon rain forest. Chevron, based in San Ramon, has argued for years that the 2011 judgment, in an environmental case closely watched ...

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In Ecuador Pollution Case, New York Judge Rules For Chevron

Oil

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage, saying the award was obtained through fraud. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said it was a sad outcome for him to have to rule that the Ecuadorean court judgment “was obtained by ...

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Gov. Cuomo pushes ‘blitz’ on oil train safety inspections

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Albany Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Friday touted his “inspection blitz” this week of oil trains, a rail yard and a terminal at the Port of Albany by state and federal regulators. The governor said it aimed to reduce risks of potential derailments and ensuing fires or explosions of highly-flammable crude oil. The effort, which included Buffalo facilities and involved inspectors from the state departments ...

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Ceiling, basement key in energy conservation insulation techniques

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While many homeowners target windows when making a home more energy efficient, the first places to focus on should be the ceiling and attic, then the basement or crawlspace area — spots that typically lose the most heat, according to a business owner who built a high-efficiency home in Lowville four years ago. The next step is insulating floor joints, ...

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