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West seeks to isolate Russia over Ukraine dispute

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Seeking to isolate Russia, the U.S. and Western allies declared Monday they are indefinitely cutting Moscow out of a major international coalition and warned they stand ready to order tougher economic penalties if Vladimir Putin presses further into Ukraine. The moves came amid a flurry of diplomatic jockeying as the West grappled for ways to ...

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Bakken Shale Prompts the Construction of the First North Dakota Oil Refineries in 60 Years

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media North Dakota will soon be home to two new refineries dedicated to processing crude oil extracted from the Bakken shale. Quantum Energy Inc. of Tempe, AZ announced on March 21 they had signed a purchase and sale agreement for 80 acres of land from Northstar Transloading LLC for construction of a new hydroskimming refinery. ...

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School district receives energy rebate

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HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district has received another check for its energy conservation measures. The district received a $69,216 rebate check earlier this month for saving energy after doing air conditioning and lighting upgrades at several facilities and schools in the district. These cost-saving measures, the school district said, led to ACR Engineering Inc. to present the check to ...

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El Paso housing authority receives $7.7 million from HUD

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The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso will receive $7.7 million, the second-largest federal allocation to a housing authority in Texas, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Only San Antonio received a larger allocation — $7.9 million. The money will be used strictly for maintenance, improvements and repairs at more than 6,000 public housing units ...

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Residents: Quakes, fracking are linked

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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The first time Judy Pack felt the earth move, she was asleep in her house in rural Mahoning County, just a few houses from the Pennsylvania state line. A natural-gas processing plant had recently been built across the street; Hilcorp Energy, a Texas oil company, had started drilling and fracking for gas about 3 miles away. ...

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Many farmers ready for XL pipeline

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — If the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline ever gains approval, Ronald Weber will watch from his farmhouse as workers lay the line beneath a half-mile of his cropland in northeast Nebraska. The 69-year-old retired farmer wishes the pipeline had missed his property, simply to avoid the difficulty of growing corn and soybeans around the construction work. ...

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U.S. energy boom may augur a new export era

By Ralph Vartabedian In a Louisiana swamp several miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, about 3,000 construction workers are building a massive industrial facility to liquefy natural gas, preparing for a new era when the U.S. will begin exporting energy around the globe. The $12-billion project is one of the largest single industrial investments in the nation, part of ...

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Update on ethane ‘cracker’ petrochemical plant good news for Beaver County, leaders say

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State and Beaver County officials can’t wait for Royal Dutch Shell to decide whether it will build a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant along the Ohio River. Now neighbors won’t have to wait to see intensified activity around the potential ethane “cracker” site. Company officials met with about 30 leaders in a private gathering in Hopewell on Thursday evening to update them ...

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OSHA calls for silica limit: Proposed silica limit would hurt fracking industry, group says

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A proposed lower limit of silica exposure from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would drastically affect the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute is one of about 80 organizations and industry groups that will speak in Washington, D.C., at hearings stretching from Tuesday through April 4. The hearings are a part of ...

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