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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

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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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Sen. King wants vigilance about cyber threats to energy grid

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King is calling for the Senate to protect the country’s critical energy infrastructure from the possibility of cyber attacks. King, an Independent, has introduced the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2016, which he says would protect the electrical grid from these kinds of attacks. The legislation would explore methods of replacing computer-based technologies ...

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Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife. A bipartisan bill approved by the Senate in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable ...

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Global energy leaders look to nitty gritty of climate accord

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Energy leaders from countries that pump out 75 percent of the world’s climate-changing emissions talked Thursday on the nitty-gritty of putting last year’s Paris climate accord into action, including funding the needed global technology overhaul. The annual gathering of energy leaders representing 23 countries and the European Commission was one of their first since December, when ...

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Oil, gas industry challenges efforts to protect Western bird

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The oil and gas industry on Thursday challenged in federal court drilling restrictions imposed by the Obama administration to protect a struggling bird that ranges across 11 Western states. The Western Energy Alliance and North Dakota Petroleum Council said they would ask a U.S. District judge in North Dakota to block sweeping land use plans for ...

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Colorado bracing to repay millions in energy taxes

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado will have to cough up hundreds of millions in tax refunds to energy companies over the next couple years. And state lawmakers have until Wednesday to figure out how to pay the tab. A bill moving through the Legislature calls for an estimated $115 million in refunds to oil and gas companies. The money will be ...

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Exxon and FuelCell to study capturing carbon emissions

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DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil and FuelCell Energy say that they will jointly work on technology to reduce the cost of capturing carbon emissions from power plants. The companies will try to develop technology that uses carbonate fuel cells to generate power while capturing carbon dioxide, which scientists say is the most prevalent greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. It ...

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Colorado Supreme Court strikes down local fracking bans

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court struck down attempts by two cities to ban or delay fracking on Monday, a major victory for the oil and gas industry. The court ruled that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with state law. State officials and the industry argued ...

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Groundbreaking planned for Wyoming carbon-conversion lab

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and others on Wednesday will formally kick off construction of a laboratory where researchers will test new technologies to make profitable use of carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant. The goal isn’t just to prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere, but to offset the cost of doing so while providing ...

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Detroit suburb limits oil drilling to industrial areas

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb has approved an ordinance that would allow oil and gas wells only as a special use in industrial areas. The Southfield City Council adopted the zoning change Monday in response to a company’s plan to explore drilling on land owned by a church. Mayor Ken Siver says oil and gas wells “have no ...

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