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Utility: Contractor dies at power plant construction site

Utility: Contractor dies at power plant construction site

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An electric utility says a contractor has died in a workplace accident at a central Indiana power plant. Indianapolis Power & Light contractor says the contractor died Wednesday morning at its Eagle Valley Generating Station in Morgan County. IPL says the death occurred at the construction site of the new combined-cycle gas turbine power station near ...

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Global warming doubts spur push to block science standards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Doubt over man’s contribution to global warming, particularly through burning coal for power, is fueling a push by West Virginia lawmakers to block new science standards in schools. In a state defined by a coal industry that is now on life support, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 73-20 on Friday to delay the new science standards ...

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January US mine inspections result in 138 citations

coal mine inspections

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors issued 138 citations and four orders at U.S. mine operations in January. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the inspections were conducted at 11 coal mines and six other mines in 12 states, including Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The impact inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia ...

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West Virginia kills bill allowing private property survey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has voted down a bill that would have let surveyors for natural gas pipelines enter people’s private property without permission. Senators voted 23-11 to kill a bill Monday that says letting surveyors for natural gas companies on people’s property is in the public interest. The legislation would have required trying to get ...

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Cuomo administration requests halt on natural gas pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline near the nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs. State health, environmental, utility and security agencies say they are launching an analysis at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s direction of the safety risks from Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline that ...

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Consol selling coal assets, suspending dividend

Due to low energy prices, Consol Energy is selling some of its coal assets.

NEW YORK (AP) — Consol Energy Inc. is selling several mines and coal reserves to Coronado IV LLC. for $420 million. It says it will also suspend its dividend as it continues to deal with declining energy prices. Its shares rose more than 4 percent in morning trading Monday. The company is selling its Buchanan mine in southwestern Virginia, its ...

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Doddridge County gas well site shut down following fire

Antero Resources operated gas wells have been ordered to remain idle while the cause of a recent fire is investigated.

WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) — Regulators say four Antero Resources natural gas wells in Doddridge County have been ordered to remain idle while investigators examine a recent fire, state regulators said. There were no injuries from the early Thursday fire, and no material appears to have spilled outside the containment area, Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelly Gillenwater told The ...

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Wind power industry leaders to gather at Boston conference

Iceni Marine Services transiting through Gwynt Y Mor Wind farm, North Wales. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

BOSTON (AP) — Offshore wind power will be the focus of a gathering of business leaders and lawmakers in Boston this coming week. The U.S. Offshore Wind Leadership Conference kicks off February 29 and runs through March 1 at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, is the event’s keynote speaker. Topics will include Europe’s ...

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Profiles of Democrats running for US Senate in Pennsylvania

View from inside the Pennsylvania State Capitol building. (Image via Pixabay - CC0)

The candidates running in Pennsylvania’s April 26 primary for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate: JOHN FETTERMAN PERSONAL: Fetterman, 46, is the mayor of Braddock, a tiny and dying steel town of barely 2,000 people just 10 miles east of Pittsburgh. Fetterman, 46, grew up in York, the child of an insurance broker. He has a master’s degree in business ...

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New York lawmakers want state pension fund to drop oil companies

The United States flag hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange. (Image: Dan Nelson via Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly a dozen state lawmakers want New York’s public pension fund to drop stock holdings in oil, gas and coal companies as part of a movement against global warming. Sponsors say climate change threatens New Yorkers’ safety, health and wealth by raising sea levels, increasing storm intensity and droughts, threatening biodiversity, damaging property and raising insurance, ...

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