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Dems, GOP deeply divided over EPA’s carbon emissions proposal

David Hood and Cathy Taylor | Wahington Bureau – The Orange County Register  WASHINGTON — Reaction on Capitol Hill to the EPA’s proposed rules to cut carbon emissions was swift and combative, with Republicans calling the plan a threat to the economy and Democrats lauding it as commonsense that will be noticed around the world. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein characterized the draft ...

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PNM proposes to build 4 new solar plants

By Albuquerque Journal, NM Public Service Company of New Mexico plans to build four more solar power plants at a cost of $79 million to help it meet the state standard for renewable energy in 2016. The additional 10-megawatt solar power plants will raise the company’s solar capacity to 107 megawatts, which could provide the power used by 40,000 average ...

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Obama climate-change plan would close some AEP plants, CEO says

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Mark Chediak, Bloomberg News Service via Columbus Dispatch American Electric Power Co., the top U.S. operator of coal-burning power plants, expects to shut some of its largest units if the Obama administration proposes a 25 percent greenhouse-emission cut. The company would likely have to retire plants that can’t be relied on to deliver electricity if the Environmental Protection Agency requires ...

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West Seneca enacts moratorium on anaerobic digestion facilities

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Building new or expanding existing anaerobic digestion facilities in West Seneca was put on hold Monday night, when the Town Board unanimously approved a six-month moratorium during which it will address concerns about such operations. While town representatives intend to look at existing codes to determine whether there are appropriate standards and controls for the siting and regulation of facilities ...

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U.S. considers fracking fluid disclosure rules

By Valerie Volcovici | Reuters The Obama administration announced its first steps on Friday toward what could be tighter regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has revived U.S. oil and gas production, seeking public input on whether companies should be forced to disclose the contents of so-called fracking fluids. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would gather public ...

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Pendleton seeks to regulate, not ban, use of ‘equate’

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PENDLETON — Unlike Wheatfield, the Town of Pendleton is not planning a ban on the spreading of the byproduct generated by anaerobic digestion, called “equate.” Supervisor James Riester and Town Attorney Claude A. Joerg said Tuesday that an amended solid waste ordinance, on which the Town Board intends to vote May 12, will set up a permit process controlled by ...

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Fiery train wreck in Virginia brings demands for tighter regulation of crude oil shipments

By Alan Suderman and Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press LYNCHBURG, Va. – The latest in a string of fiery oil-train wrecks brought renewed demands Thursday that the Obama administration quickly tighten regulations governing the burgeoning practice of transporting highly combustible crude by rail. With production booming in the Bakken oil field along the U.S. northern tier and in Canada, some experts say ...

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Mexico may let foreign companies enter its Eagle Ford next year

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Jennifer Hiller, The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — Foreign companies may have a crack at contracts to drill in the Eagle Ford Shale in Mexico as early as next year. But with lingering questions about geology, security, regulation and how much money could be made, it’s unclear whether or when the South Texas energy boom will follow the formation across the ...

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Mine company vows to sue

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Just a few hours after the U.S. Department of Labor announced its new coal dust rule, Murray Energy Corp. — which operates three mines in Monongalia and Marion counties — announced its intention to sue the Labor Department. “Instead of protecting miners’ health, this rule clearly seeks to destroy the coal industry, and the thousands of jobs that it provides, ...

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