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Shell seeks injunction against Arctic drilling protesters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge on Tuesday will consider a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for an injunction against illegal boarding of Arctic-bound drilling equipment by activists from Greenpeace Inc. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on April 11 granted Shell a restraining order to keep Greenpeace from entering a safety zone around a semi-submersible drill rig, the ...

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Eminent domain changes clear Iowa House, Senate panels

DES MOINES — Legislation making it more difficult for private companies to acquire access to private property through condemnation cleared two subcommittee Tuesday and appears to be on the fast track in both the House and Senate. Subcommittees in both chambers signed off on Senate Study Bill 1276 to change the process for private companies to build underground pipelines and ...

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Company president claims explosion was extremely rare

Last month, a pipeline explosion shocked Upper Arlington and is currently under investigation, but the president of the company responsible for the pipeline claims the incident was extremely rare and not likely to occur again. Dan Creekmur, president of Columbia Gas of Ohio, said he is confident in its pipeline system.  Although the explosion is extremely unfortunate, the chance of ...

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Graham: Everyone wins with carbon taxes

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Where EPA regulation fails, carbon tax will prevail among Republicans. At least, that’s what Jed Graham asserted in a recent column for Investor’s Business Daily. Graham suggests a compromise between conservatives and the Obama administration that would nix energy sector tax hikes in favor of a “revenue-neutral” carbon tax which he believes would curb taxes on corporations and help reconcile ...

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Florida House passes fracking regulation bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The House passed a bill Monday to study and regulate fracking, as well as prevent local governments from banning the oil and gas drilling practice. Democrats strongly opposed the bill, saying hydraulic fracturing would put the water supply at risk and the practice should instead be banned. But Republicans said fracking isn’t regulated right now and the ...

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Chemical weapons money on tap

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The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners is set to get a portion of federal funds due to the county from the destruction of chemical weapons at the Pueblo Depot today. The board will discuss a resolution accepting $1.3 million from the Department of Homeland Security for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. The money is actually set to augment the ...

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Showers, thunderstorm move from Texas into Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — The National Weather Service says a line of severe thunderstorms is moved across south Louisiana. The weather service says the storms contain high winds, hail and dangerous lightning. Tree damage has been reported in west Vernon Parish and in the Vinton area. A tornado watch is in effect until 1 p.m. Monday for all of south Louisiana ...

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Industrial sludge: an asset to clean energy?

In the rampant worldwide growth of solar and wind power, the health of our planet isn’t the only driving force behind clean energy– there is money to be made. The Guardian reports that last year alone, more than $300 billion was invested into renewable energy, nearly doubling the clean energy capacity from three years ago. Countries such as China and ...

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