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4 hurt, 200 evacuated after Washington plant fire


PLYMOUTH, WASH. (AP) — A large explosion and fire Monday at natural gas processing plant near the Washington-Oregon border injured four workers and led to the evacuation of about 200 people from nearby homes as flames and a mushroom-shaped cloud of black smoke reached high into the air. The 8:20 a.m. blast at the Williams Northwest Pipeline plant in the ...

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Senate hears pleas for gas exports to Europe

Russian Flag

by Matthew Daly WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls to begin U.S. natural gas exports to Europe to counter Russian influence across the continent grew louder Tuesday amid concerns that Russia will move deeper into Ukraine. Lithuania’s energy minister, Jaroslav Neverovic, pleaded in emotional terms for U.S. help, saying his country is “100 percent” dependent on Russia for natural gas and has ...

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Chevron, Polish firm jointly explore for shale gas


WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s gas giant PGNiG and Chevron on Monday agreed to jointly hunt for shale gas in southwestern Poland in a move to speed up the exploration amid tension with major gas supplier, Russia. Dependent on Russian imports, Poland wants to diversify its energy sources and is placing hopes in its reportedly sizeable shale gas deposits. Warsaw ...

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Shale gas drilling could be boost to Allegheny County parks

Deer Lakes Park

At Deer Lakes Park, the toilets don’t flush. The bathroom buildings are boarded up. When it rained during Rhonda Russell grandson’s birthday party, garbage bags stapled over holes in pavilion roofs leaked, making her, her grandson and his friend dodge water drops during dinner. “It’s just criminal how it’s been let go,” said Russell, 61, of Frazer. “Out there, I ...

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Political leaders flock together against lesser prairie chicken ruling

Lesser prairie chicken

The lesser prairie chicken now has special threatened status, and a disappointed local congressman has some ideas to reform the law that gave it that protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed Thursday, March 27, to classify the bird as a threatened species, following decades of population decline. Supporters of the listing consider it necessary to save the bird ...

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Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

Bruce & Jody Clingan

NEW BEDFORD, PA. — An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a Pennsylvania community and raising the possibility that lawmakers will have to take sides. Houston-based Hilcorp seeks to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the ...

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Energy official believes industry growth to continue

Pump jack oil well

Gates Brelsford believes energy will continue to be a growth industry for the Tyler area. The chairman of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee said the broad industry — from natural gas and pipelines to power companies and alternative energy — it’s not just the big oil guys at the petroleum club anymore. “I think it’s definitely here ...

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Texas landowners fear the worst with Keystone XL pipeline

By Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram  700,000: Barrels of oil per day that the Keystone XL pipeline should ultimately pump into Texas 300,000: Barrels of oil per day that the pipeline was pumping when oil began flowing in January 20,000: Jobs that the southern leg (which is already built) and the northern leg (stretching up to Canada) should create 487: Miles from Cushing, ...

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Railroad Commission hires seismologist to study earthquakes


The Texas Railroad Commission said Friday that it has hired its first staff seismologist, a position created in response to citizen concerns following a swarm of small earthquakes in the Azle area beginning last November. David Craig Pearson, a Ph.D. geophysicist whose professional experience includes a stint with Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1993 to 2006, starts April 1. The ...

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