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Fracking boom on UT’s West Texas lands linked to spills, air pollution

The hydraulic fracturing boom on University of Texas System lands in West Texas has polluted soil, groundwater and air, according to a report to be released Tuesday by an environmental group and a think tank. At least 1.6 million gallons of oil, saltwater and other pollutants have spilled from wells and associated equipment on UT System-owned land since 2008, said ...

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American to halt 2 direct routes from Pittsburgh International

American Airlines will suspend direct flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to Hartford and St. Louis in November, a ripple effect from a national pilot shortage and a setback to Pittsburgh’s efforts to expand flights and destinations. American’s flights from Pittsburgh to Bradley International Airport in Hartford will end Nov. 4, and trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will end Nov. ...

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UPDATE 1-U.S. crude oil stocks rise as refinery runs fall, imports jump

(Adds analyst comments, crude futures prices) NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) – U.S. crude oil stockpiles rose unexpectedly last week as refinery throughput fell for a fourth week and imports jumped, while gasoline stocks fell, data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed on Wednesday. Crude inventories rose 4.7 million barrels to 455.4 million in the week to Aug. 28, ...

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Trump, other non-Texans may have Cruz defending home turf

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In tea party friendly Texas, no political star has burned brighter in recent years than Ted Cruz. He rode a grassroots groundswell to an upset Senate victory in 2012, further solidified his conservative credentials by helping lead a government shutdown and has built his presidential campaign around wooing the Republican Party’s far right wing. But Cruz ...

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Fracking foes say Ohio elections chief exceeds his authority

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues this fall are arguing that voters, not the elections chief, should decide the substance of such issues. In a filing Tuesday, residents in Fulton, Medina (meh-DY’-nuh) and Athens counties tell the Ohio Supreme Court that Husted was supposed to decide ...

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9-year-old injured in Russian Pipeline Fire (video)

An underwater oil pipeline was the cause of a giant oil slick fire in Moscow, Russia last week. Seriously, you have to see this video. The state-owned oil pipeline company Transneft initially confirmed its pipeline was involved in the unfortunate spill. But once the blaze was under control and the pipeline could be analyzed, no damage could be found, according ...

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Oil market displays its irrational side: Kemp

oil derricks at sunset

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – U.S. crude prices jumped more than 27 percent in three trading days between Thursday and Monday, which should convince even the most die-hard believers the oil futures market is neither efficient nor rational. The rally has left traders, analysts and journalists struggling ...

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