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Kasich order creates hotline for oil and gas emergencies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has ordered creation of a single-call notification system for oil-and-gas emergencies and authorized two state departments to start setting it up. An order Kasich signed Tuesday follows his veto last year of budget language he found inadequate that sought to streamline reporting of spills of oil, brine and other hazardous substances, ...

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West Virginia coal miner dies from injuries in ignition

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a coal miner has died from injuries during an accident last week. The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says Donald Workman died Thursday evening of injuries sustained in a July 29 accident at Road Fork #51 Spartan Mine in Pineville. The Gilbert resident was 58 years old. Officials say ...

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Pittsburgh’s Kennametal cutting 1,000 in drilling slowdown

Oil below $40 forces Texas driller into bankruptcy

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh-based Kennametal Inc. says it’s cutting 1,000 jobs over the next 15 months, citing weak demand for the coal-mining and gas-drilling cutting tools it makes. The company announced the cuts to its 12,000-strong workforce on Monday, but didn’t say what facilities will be affected. Kennametal had more than 14,000 employees, including 5,000 in the United States, just ...

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Sweeney ties gas-tax impasse to Christie’s Trump support

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A top New Jersey Democrat says Republican Gov. Chris Christie opposes new legislation to raise the gas tax and pay for road and bridge work because he’s “auditioning” for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Senate President Steve Sweeney predicted Monday the stalemate over transportation funding might not be resolved until after the election. The comment comes ...

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Natural gas conversion company wants to dissolve

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine natural gas company that faced a $250,000 fine this year following a potentially “catastrophic” gas leak is asking the state to dissolve an affiliate. On Friday, Summit Natural Gas of Maine asked the state Public Utilities Commission to dissolve Natural Gas Conversion Company, which launched in 2014 to help Mainers convert home heating systems ...

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Sick of apartment living? Consider this…

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Comparing the costs of renting an apartment vs. owning a home is a very real issue for all ages today. It is hard to look at the costs of renting an apartment only to realize that the only immediate benefit is having a place to live, and there doesn’t seem to be any real long-term benefit. How is it possible ...

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Solar projects can’t save the forest for the trees?

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WADING RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. “Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is ...

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Lawmakers forge gas tax plan; panned by Christie’s office

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The state’s Democratic legislative leaders announced Friday they have agreed on a new plan to fund transportation projects by boosting the state’s gas tax and cutting other taxes, a proposal immediately criticized by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s office as containing only “vague generalities.” Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the proposal a ...

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