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Speakers talk strategy with local fracking opponents

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PINEHURST — Gathered at a Pinehurst church, dozens of anti-fracking activists from Central Carolina heard national speakers spread their environmental gospel late into Tuesday night. Robert Nehman, of Iowa, and Jill Wiener, of rural New York, both relayed their own success stories in stopping or delaying development related to natural gas drilling in small, conservative communities with a strong agricultural ...

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Residents urge council to revise drilling regulations

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A group of Murrysville residents want local officials to reconsider how and where Marcellus shale drilling can occur before the industry sets up shop in the municipality. Members of the Citizens for the Preservation of Rural Murrysville asked council last week to postpone any decisions about drilling — including whether to solicit offers to drill under Murrysville Community Park — ...

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CFPUA – Area drinking water unaffected by coal ash spill

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Complications from Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill and related wastewater dumping continue, but local drinking water supplies remain unaffected and are unlikely to be threatened, even if a similar spill were to occur closer to Wilmington, according to officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. “Several factors are in our favor — location, distance and preparedness,” said Mike ...

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Agencies ask FERC to extend pipeline review

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State and federal environmental agencies are urging government regulators to extend the public comment period on a bulky report analyzing how the Constitution Pipeline would impact the land and streams it would cross. The additional time to weigh in on the controversial natural gas transmission line is being sought by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Department of the ...

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Kansas Senate gives initial approval to bill ending renewable energy standards

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A bill repealing renewable energy standards for utility companies won initial approval in the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 2014 would end the renewable portfolio standards, also known as RPS, that require Kansas utility companies to receive 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, who carried the bill, contended that repeal was necessary ...

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Watchdog hopes Duke will clean up Saluda dump

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An environmental watchdog group hopes Duke Energy will clean up its coal ash ponds along the Saluda River — if not, the $50 billion utility could face more legal trouble over its Carolina operations. Duke officials acknowledged Monday before the South Carolina’s Public Service Commission that heavy metals from its coal ash dumps at the W.S. Lee Steam Station near ...

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5 things to know about the Texas oil spill

Galveston Bay

By Associated Press TEXAS CITY, Texas — WHAT HAPPENED?The Coast Guard says a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in the Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 168,000 gallons into one of the world’s busiest waterways. Oil has been detected 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. HOW ARE AUTHORITIES RESPONDING?The barge ...

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Crews hope to reopen Houston Ship Channel today as oil spill cleanup continues

Galveston cleanup

By Juan A. Lozano And Nomaan Merchant, The Associated Press GALVESTON, TEXAS — Cannon booms reverberate across the Houston Ship Channel, a scare tactic to keep birds away from oil-slicked beaches. On a mainland shore near a line of refineries, crews scour the sand for quarter-sized tar balls that have washed ashore. Far on the horizon a few ships floated outside the ...

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