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Duke Energy asks judge to throw out coal ash case

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is asking a judge to dismiss a case filed by North Carolina regulators that would force the company to clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across the state. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed a complaint against Duke Energy last year. Several citizens groups intervened in the case, saying the ...

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Meeting set to gather input on reducing gas flaring

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By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications BISMARCK — A special hearing is set for April 22 to provide input on reducing natural gas flaring to the Oil and Gas Division of the state Department of Mineral Resources. The input gathered at the one-day hearing, as well as through written comments that can be submitted, will be considered as the North Dakota Industrial ...

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U.S. now producing 10% of world’s oil supply

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John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The United States is now responsible for 10 percent of global crude oil production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. Both the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale formations played a significant part in the increase of recent years. The Bakken formation is now producing 35 percent of the country’s oil and Eagle Ford ...

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Wind power sets new daily records in Texas

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By Jim Fuquay Wind power in Texas topped 10,000 megawatts for the first time and also set a record for its share of electricity being used, the state’s largest electricity grid said Thursday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said that at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday, wind farms connected to ERCOT’s transmission network generated 10,296 megawatts. That’s enough to power about ...

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Natural gas exports spur new job growth

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Casey Murphy for Tyler Morning Telegraph, Texas (TEXAS) – Jason French believes America is in the midst of an energy revolution. French, director of government and public affairs for Cheniere Energy, discussed the LNG (liquid natural gas) market and outlook Monday at the 2014 Tyler Area Energy Summit, put on by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee. He ...

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Theory emerges to link quakes to fracking

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YOUNGSTOWN — We’ve heard it since the dawn of the fracking boom in the Mahoning Valley: Fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes. Beginning in 2011, a swarm of as many as 109 quakes hit the Valley. Eventually, the cause was linked to an injection well at D&L Energy Inc. on Salt Springs Road, which had penetrated the Precambrian crust with fracking waste. ...

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Energy expert says Keystone XL Pipeline will enhance nation’s energy security

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A national energy expert says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would help revive a sluggish national economy and enhance the nation’s energy security. Donald P. Loren, a retired rear admiral with the U.S. Navy and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Security Integration, says the pipeline would enable the United States to fulfill its energy needs without ...

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Industrial Commission OKs oilfield waste treatment facility in Dunn Co.

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By Mike Nowatzki BISMARCK — Oilfield waste treatment facilities like the one approved in Dunn County by the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Monday could face greater scrutiny in the future as county officials consider revising their zoning ordinance to address such projects. “We want to make sure that when one of these applications comes in that it’s not put next ...

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Cramer introduces bill to reduce flaring

By Bryan Horwath Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Tuesday introduced the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a release sent by the congressman’s office. The legislation is aimed at reducing the loss of natural gas due to flaring and venting by expediting permits for pipelines on federal and Native American land. A companion bill ...

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FracTrackers to document oil impact on Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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By Lauren Donovan A group dedicated to protecting America’s national parks will team up with oil and gas data mappers FracTracker to document the oil boom experience of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The National Parks Conservation Association is looking for up to 20 volunteers willing to spend an expense-paid weekend in the park documenting how oil and gas development affect the ...

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