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Editorial: Fracking laws need to be stronger


When the need for fossil fuels conflicts with the need to protect the environment — particularly our water supply — we’ve got to come down on the side of safe water. So the Legislature needs to pass a bill by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Calabasas, to update the state’s policies of monitoring oil extraction operations. Two recent headlines raised doubt that ...

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Editorial: Push for stronger oil train standards

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., came to La Crosse last week with some common-sense suggestions for improving the safety of oil shipments by rail. Given the stakes, her bill to strengthen safety regulations for oil shipments deserves approval. The senator mentioned the 4,000 percent increase in oil-by-rail shipments in the United States between 2008 and 2014, and noted that there ...

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EDITORIAL: Will council finally act on oil regs?

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The state legislature has acted, and Gov. Mary Fallin signed it into law Friday. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is the regulator of the oil and gas industry. Local government cannot ban hydraulic fracturing, wastewater injection wells or drilling. It may establish reasonable local regulations on noise, lighting and how close a drilling rig may be to a neighborhood. Fallin said ...

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Editorial: Congress needs to allow crude oil exports

With one action, the U.S. Congress could reduce the nation’s trade deficit, grow U.S. jobs, increase revenue and assure more U.S. influence across the world. But because of Congressional inaction, the export ban remains in place 40-plus years later. The ban was enacted by Congress following the 1973 Arab oil embargo. That embargo created a domestic energy crisis, causing shortages, ...

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Driving is making a comeback in the US: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – California motorists consumed an extra 34,500 barrels of gasoline every day in February compared with the same month last year, state tax records show. The state is just part of a nationwide surge in driving that has pushed U.S. gasoline consumption up by more than ...

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Opinion: Airing out the ‘Burgh’s air quality

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To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, opinions are as various as faces. As can be the interpretation of facts. As the latest clucking, squawking and hissing over Pittsburgh’s supposedly horrid air quality illustrates. Year after year — and with less credibility each year — the American Lung Association (ALA) smears Greater Pittsburgh with a report that typically concludes the region’s air to ...

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