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Meetings Scheduled on Gas Pipeline Through North Carolina

January 5, 2015 9:46 am | by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press | Comments

Energy companies that want to build a natural gas pipeline through several North Carolina counties plan to hold public meetings on the project this week in the state. The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would run 550 miles from West Virginia and Virginia before ending in North Carolina's Robeson County.

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Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 3:58 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. In comments filed in December, leaders of utilities, state agencies and business groups called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan illegal, infeasible and economically unbearable.

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Harvest Natural Cancels Deal to Sell Its Venezuela Interests

January 2, 2015 10:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Harvest Natural Resources cancelled the $275 million sale of its remaining assets in Venezuela after failing to garner approval from country's beleaguered government. Venezuela holds a 60 percent stake in Petroandina, a subsidiary of the Houston oil and gas company.

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US Rig Count Plummets 35 to 1,840

January 2, 2015 9:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plunged by 35 last week to 1,840. The Houston firm said Monday in its weekly report that 1,499 rigs were exploring for oil and 340 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago 1,757 rigs were active.

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Colo. Plant Manager Says Facility is Safe

January 2, 2015 9:20 am | by Fort Collins Coloradoan; Fort Collins, Colo. | Comments

The manager of a Taft Hill asphalt plant that some people want relocated says the plant is safe and it would be difficult to move it to a location that wouldn't affect anyone. The plant operated by Martin Marietta Materials is the target of a petition drive started this year by Citizens Against Asphalt Toxins.

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Mohave County Mine Laying Off Hundreds of Workers

December 30, 2014 1:54 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A financially troubled copper mine in Mohave County is laying of hundreds of workers. The Today's News-Herald newspaper reports that the Mineral Park mine near Kingman sent layoff notices to more than 350 workers on Monday. The company has been attempting to tell the mine but a possible sale fell through.

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Elmer Chocolate Expanding Ponchatoula Plant

December 30, 2014 1:49 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

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Eufaula Plant Expanding, Adding 20 Jobs

December 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

CARBO Ceramics in Eufaula is expanding and adding 20 jobs, who will join 75 who already work for at the Eufaula plant. The company makes products and provides services for oilfield service companies and operators of natural gas and oil wells.

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NYC Fields Over 200 Pre-Suit Claims From Gas Blast

December 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

New York City could face more than 200 lawsuits over a gas explosion that leveled two buildings and killed eight people earlier this year. The explosion destroyed two five-story East Harlem apartment buildings and injured more than 60 people.

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Shuster: No Plan For Gas Tax Hike, Mileage Fees

December 30, 2014 10:47 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | Comments

The chairman of the House Transportation Committee says passing a bill to pay for America's aging roads and bridges will be a top priority next year but is ruling out a gasoline tax hike or motorist user fees as the way to do it. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has previously said a vehicle-miles-traveled tax should be considered.

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China Fires Officials Over Deadly Factory Blast

December 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China's Cabinet announced on Tuesday the firing of the top two officials where an explosion at an auto parts factory in August killed 146 people in the country's worst industrial accident since 2005. A national investigation team found that plant management failed to provide safety training for workers and ignored rules on building spacing, density in manufacturing lines, dust cleanup, and use of anti-explosion equipment.

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2 Western Ky. Mines Halt Operations, Affecting 670 Miners

December 29, 2014 4:47 pm | by The Gleaner; Henderson, Ky. | Comments

Two large underground coal mines in western Kentucky will be idled, putting about 670 miners out of work. Patriot Coal Corp. is halting operations at its Highland No. 9 mine and Dodge Hill No. 1 mine in Union County. The mines employ about 670 workers and produced about 3.9 million tons of thermal coal last year

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Why The US Will Power The World Economy in 2015

December 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015. After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

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Ukraine Nuke Plant Unit Taken Offline

December 29, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

One unit of Ukraine's Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline because of generator problems. State nuclear power company Energoatom says the unit was disconnected from the electricity net early Sunday to prevent internal damage to the generator. It did not give further details, but said radiation in the area is within acceptable limits.

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Suicide Bombers Attack Syria Gas Facilities

December 29, 2014 10:07 am | by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press | Comments

A Syrian official says two suicide attackers have targeted separate natural gas facilities in the central province of Homs, killing eight people. The state news agency SANA also reported the attacks, saying guards opened fire at the attackers as they drove toward the plants, forcing them to detonate their payloads before reaching their targets.

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