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Trespassing fracking activist wants ban lifted

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A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region asked a judge Monday for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state’s leading natural gas drillers. Vera Scroggins said the injunction, in place ...

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‘Significant’ oil spill closes US ship channel

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat. A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship ...

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Natural gas vehicle conversion and purchase projects getting state aid

Companies across the state are getting help purchasing heavy-duty fleet vehicles or converting them to natural gas. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Friday awarded $7.7 million in Act 13 funding to 25 local companies and organizations making the switch, including the Beaver County-based Beemac Trucking LLC. “Act 13 not only strengthened oversight of the drilling industry, it allows ...

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‘Where the oil is’

Oil and gas royalties on University Lands could reach $1 billion this year, and the increasing production in West Texas is the reason why. Most of University Lands’ 2.1 million acres are out here, funneling money into the endowment that supports the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems and in turn paying for capital investments such as libraries ...

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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum revises its story

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Workers at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum already started packing the photos, the papers of old oilmen and the other archives, taking them to the library in downtown Midland. And beginning mid-April, many of the artifacts of the region’s booms and busts will come down too, as the museum’s long-anticipated renovation begins. Then, for the next-18 months or so, the ...

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DENR abandons settlement with Duke over coal ash lawsuits

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The state’s environmental regulatory agency on Friday abandoned attempts to reach a settlement in its lawsuits against Duke Energy and also announced it was calling in its federal counterpart to help force the utility to clean up coal ash pollution. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources notified a Wake County Superior Court judge Friday that it wanted to ...

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New group urges drillers to protect historic sites

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A new group is trying to foster cooperative ways for the natural gas industry to protect historic underground sites that may be disturbed by drilling.  The Gas and Preservation Partnership is holding a conference in Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday. Participants include representatives from Shell, Southwestern Energy, legal experts, and archaeological consulting firms. The group estimates that ...

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North Dakota to Pay for Illegal Oil Waste Cleanup

By JAMES MacPherson (AP)–BISMARCK, N.D.  North Dakota will pay for the cleanup of illegally dumped radioactive oil field waste found on the outskirts of a tiny town in the northwest corner of the state, a document obtained Thursday by The Associated Press shows. Regulators planned to announce a contractor to clean up the site near Noonan on Monday, an attorney ...

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