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May wettest month ever recorded in U.S.

May was the wettest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. May saw an average rainfall of 4.36 inches across the nation, some 1.45 inches above normal and not only the wettest May on record but also the wettest month in 121 years of record keeping. For the meteorological spring season ...

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EPA report on fracking is ‘great news,’ says NM Oil and Gas Association spokesman

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FARMINGTON — A spokesman for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association says a new study that found hydraulic fracturing has caused minimal harm to drinking water is vindication for the industry. “It’s great news for New Mexico and great for our country,” said Wally Drangmeister of the draft assessment released by the Environmental Protection Agency late last week. “This ...

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NY agency: EPA report won’t affect state’s ban on fracking

ALBANY, N.Y. — Business groups are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift New York’s fracking ban after the Environmental Protection Agency reported the technology hasn’t caused widespread harm to drinking water, but the Cuomo administration says the ban will stay. Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Tom Mailey says the EPA review released Thursday focused on impacts to water related ...

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Owner of ruptured oil pipeline has history of big spills, fines

Nearly two decades ago, Plains All American Pipeline embarked on a buying spree across the United States and Canada, acquiring thousands of miles of aging pipeline. The purchases turned Plains into one of North America’s biggest energy pipeline companies. But it also left the firm with a patchwork of pipes, some in need of crucial maintenance. Mechanical failures on the ...

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Natural gas growth keeps on truckin’ in Texas

Natural gas continues its boom in Texas as Railroad Commissioner David Porter announced Thursday that fleets are purchasing natural gas to fuel their vehicles in record numbers, according to new numbers from the state Comptroller’s office. During the commissioner’s Fort Worth Texas Natural Gas Workshop, hosted by the TCU Energy Institute, Porter caught everyone up on the latest statistics involving ...

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