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Montana board to decide on fracking chemicals disclosures

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators are to consider a petition that would force companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas. A 2011 state rule allows companies to conceal chemicals considered trade secrets. A group of landowners, environmentalists and health advocates oppose the trade secrets exception. They say it violates the public’s ...

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Groups rekindle battle over lesser prairie chicken

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight over a grouse found in pockets across the Great Plains is far from over as industry and state officials worried Tuesday that relisting the lesser prairie chicken as a federally protected species could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs for oil and gas developers, renewable energy companies and farmers. The lesser ...

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Tribe asks judge to side with feds in oil pipeline pause

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants a federal judge to recognize three federal agencies’ request for a developer to “voluntarily pause” work on a segment of the Dakota Access pipeline that the tribe says holds sacred sites and artifacts. The tribe said in court documents filed Monday it wants U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to “formalize” ...

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US Navy gives look inside futuristic $4.4B Zumwalt destroyer

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Navy gave a first look inside the stealthy and futuristic Zumwalt destroyer on Friday during the ship’s first port stop at a Rhode Island naval station. The 610-foot-long warship has an angular shape to minimize its radar signature and cost more than $4.4 billion. It’s the most expensive destroyer built for the Navy. It’s headed ...

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The Latest: Group seeks federal monitors at pipeline protest

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the legal challenge and protest of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local): 9:05 a.m. The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association has asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to send federal monitors to the site of a large pipeline protest in North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others are ...

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down for mechanical issue

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was shut down for the second time in roughly three weeks following a mechanical issue at the Plymouth plant. A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says the facility experienced an “unplanned shutdown” around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after water levels unexpectedly spiked in the reactor pressure vessel. Water is pumped into the reactor ...

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Over 10K gallons of oil-saltwater mixture spills by Fryburg

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says about 10,710 gallons of an oil and water mixture has spilled in Billings County. The spill happened Friday at a site almost five miles southwest of Fryburg. The spill resulted from a tank leak at a site operated by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The agency estimates about 9,240 gallons ...

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Leader of British movement to leave EU joins Trump at rally

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican nominee Donald Trump is linking his “movement to take back the country” to Britain’s surprising vote to leave the European Union. The architect of the withdrawal campaign, known as Brexit, joined the GOP presidential nominee on stage during a rally late Wednesday in Jackson, Mississippi. “If I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for ...

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US rig count up 10 this week to 491, Texas up 8

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 491. A year ago, 885 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas ...

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Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire with a ferocity never seen by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides Wednesday, instantly incinerating homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames. A day after it ignited in brush left tinder-dry by years of drought, the blaze had spread ...

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