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NC toxicologist: Water near Duke’s dumps not safe to drink

A sample core of coal ash collected from a pollution site. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina’s top public health official acted unethically and possibly illegally by telling residents living near Duke Energy coal ash pits that their well water is safe to drink when it’s contaminated with a chemical known to cause cancer, a state toxicologist said in sworn testimony. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 220-page deposition given ...

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Odessa cement plant and four others ordered to cut emissions

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A cement manufacturer has agreed to invest about $10 million to cut air pollution emissions at five of its plants in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas, federal officials said Wednesday. Under a consent decree, Cemex Inc. will pay a $1.69 million civil penalty and conduct energy audits at the five plants. It also will spend $150,000 ...

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The Oil & Gas Awards Wants to Celebrate — Texas Style

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After multiple years of battering from regulation and nose-diving commodity prices, The Oil & Gas Awards believes everyone with their head above water deserves an Award. That said, many companies have survived by adapting to harsh market conditions through streamlining business and embracing innovation. The Texas Oil & Gas Awards will be celebrating those companies that think outside the box, bringing ...

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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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Poll: US-Mexico border residents feel ignored, oppose wall

In this Jan. 4, 2016 file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, N.M. A new Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News Border Poll released Monday, July 18, 2016, says a majority of residents surveyed on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are against the building of a wall between the two countries. The poll also suggests residents feel Democrats and Republicans are ignoring their concerns and aren't proposing solutions to help their economy and combat drug trafficking and human smuggling. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of a U.S. presidential election in which immigration, border security and a proposed wall are being hotly debated, a poll released Monday suggests. A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are ...

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Family: Dallas suspect changed after military service

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DALLAS (AP) — Military service changed the Dallas gunman from an extrovert into a hermit, his parents said in an interview excerpt published Monday. Micah Johnson’s mother, Delphine Johnson, told TheBlaze website in an interview that her son wanted to be a police officer as a child. His six years in the Army Reserve, including a tour in Afghanistan, were ...

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Oil industry headlines from around Texas

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From budget cuts to oil spills, here is the news from the Texas oil and gas industry this week. Oil spill photos are finally visible to the public Photos taken by the Civil Air Patrol of flood-related oil spills are now available to the public online, rather than requiring a login and password for the University of Texas website. The ...

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Top Texas energy stories June 26 – July 3

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According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count has increased by 10 this week, with Texas gaining four of the total overall increase. The price of oil is inching back up , playing games with that $50 per barrel mark. Oil currently sits at $48.99, and Brent crude is $50.35. The anxiety associated with the British vote to leave the ...

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Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

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HOUSTON (AP) — The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika. Broken window screens. Limited air conditioning. Trash piles that seem to re-appear even after they’re cleaned up. On a hot, humid day this month, Hotez pointed at one pile that included old tires and a smashed-in ...

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What the Dallas Fed Quarterly Report means for Eagle Ford shale jobs

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On June 29th the latest quarterly report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas addressed the capital spending, costs, production levels, employment and overall current business activities of energy companies from Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. From approximately 200 gas and oil companies surveyed, 42 percent stated that they expect their employment levels to remain consistent with those of ...

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