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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. ...

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Gov. Charlie Baker to sign order to help curb climate change

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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order designed to limit the state’s contribution to global climate change. Baker says the order he plans to sign on Friday will lay out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change. The Republican said ...

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NY regulators order full environmental review for pipeline

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced its finding Wednesday, saying the Pilgrim Pipeline project has the potential for significant adverse impact on the environment and communities. The pipelines would carry North ...

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Dominion subsidiaries end weeklong union lockout in 6 states

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to end a weeklong lockout at Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries. Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission agreed to end the lockout involving 915 workers in six states, while the United Gas Workers Union Local 69 vowed not to strike. The agreement, announced in a joint news release Wednesday, runs ...

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Firm: Faster-than-expected corrosion led to pipeline blast

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Faster-than-expected corrosion caused a Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline blast that scorched 40 rural acres in April and badly burned a man whose home was destroyed, the Texas energy company that owns the pipeline said. Andy Drake, the vice president of operations and environmental health and safety with Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., shared those findings Tuesday night ...

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Boston mayor hoping to bring self-driving cars to city

This photo shows a rear view of a Lexus self-driving car. Photo: By Runner1928 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping to bring self-driving cars to the city’s narrow, twisting roads. Walsh announced the launch of a program Wednesday designed to help develop autonomous technologies within Boston, whose original street plan — according to local lore — was laid down in part based on the paths that cows cut through the city. ...

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Maine’s final LNG proposal tossed by federal regulators

A Liquedfied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier is seen on the left. (Image: Warren Rohner via Flickr)

ROBBINSTON, Maine (AP) — The final proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Down East Maine has quietly faded away. Federal regulators have terminated the application by Downeast LNG because of inactivity. The proposal could be resubmitted later, but it’d have to start over from the beginning. The proposal’s demise shows just how much the energy picture has changed ...

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Retired coal miners to rally at Capitol for benefits bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are gathering at the U.S. Capitol to support a bill that would preserve their health and pension benefits. The United Mine Workers of America says its members and supporters from 13 states, including West Virginia, will rally in Washington on Thursday. The UMWA called it life-or-death legislation for retired coal miners ...

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Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said ...

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