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Craddick blasts Obama for energy policy, awaits real debate from candidates

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick is livid with the current administration’s oversight of the energy industry, and wants real, fruitful debate from presidential candidates on the issue. “If pricing pressures from OPEC were not enough, the pain felt in the oil field today is the direct result of political decisions and bureaucratic policies made in places like the Environmental Protection ...

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Energy Pipeline: News Briefs

BLM oil and gas lease sale nets $32.1 Million DENVER — The Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office recently sold 73 parcels totaling 32,962 acres for $32.1 million, including rentals and fees at its quarterly oil and gas lease sale. The highest per-acre price was for a 1,919-acre parcel in Weld County, sold to Ironhorse Resources, LLC., in Denver ...

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Less than 5 percent of state in drought

After experiencing several years of consecutive drought, climatologists were surprised by just how quickly the state improved its dry conditions. About 57 percent of the state — including Lubbock and the South Plains — was in a drought this time last year, said Brian Fuchs, climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center. Now, only 4.61 percent of the state is ...

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EPA says 3 million gallons of contaminated water released into Animas River

FARMINGTON — Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday that the Gold King Mine discharged an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated water, three times the previous estimate. The mine continues to discharge 500 gallons per minute, EPA Region 8 administrator Shaun McGrath said in a teleconference call Sunday afternoon, but the polluted water is being contained and treated ...

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Wolf talks budget stalemate in Larksville

LARKSVILLE — Gov. Tom Wolf met with Wyoming Valley West School District officials Thursday and discussed his budget priorities and the ongoing stalemate over the state budget. Wolf insisted a new tax on natural-gas extraction is the best way to increase education funding, explaining it would increase revenue by $1 billion a year. The state is now five weeks into ...

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