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Senate Panel Backs Lifting Crude Export Ban

July 30, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Senate Energy Committee voted Thursday to lift the country's decades-old ban on exports of crude oil.

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Vegas-Area Coal Plant Owners to Pay $4.3M to Settle Lawsuit

July 30, 2015 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Operators of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.

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OPEC Chief Expects Oil Prices to Stabilize

July 30, 2015 3:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

OPEC and Russia say they expect the global oil market to become more balanced and stable next year after the recent sharp drops.

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Heavy Weather, Oil Patch Slump Lower H&E Profit

July 30, 2015 3:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Baton Rouge-based construction-equipment supplier H&E Equipment Services Inc. says heavy rains in May and a slumping oil industry put a damper on the second-quarter results.

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Solar Group Wants More Input Into Review of Westar Plan

July 30, 2015 3:44 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A solar advocacy group has raised concerns about the decision of Kansas regulators to limit the group's input over a large utility's plan to boost rates and change its billing structure.

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Shell to Cut Jobs to Cope With Long Period of Cheap Oil

July 30, 2015 9:39 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.

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Belgium's Solvay to Buy US Cytec For $5.5 Billion

July 29, 2015 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Belgium's chemical group Solvay has announced it will buy U.S.-based Cytec for $5.5 billion, making it the second biggest company in the aerospace composite materials market.

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Boehner Backs Push to Export US Crude Oil

July 29, 2015 5:01 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports.

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Nation's First Chemical-Free Pool Opens to Swimmers

July 29, 2015 4:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A newly opened public pool in north Minneapolis has the distinction of being the nation's first to be naturally filtered and free of chemicals.

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Chemical Analysis Could Lead to Improved Wine Grapes

July 29, 2015 4:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The wine-producing vitis vinifera grape is susceptible to pests, and some winemakers developed a cross between their grapes and wild American grapes in an effort to alleviate an increasing need for pesticides and fungicides in the industry.

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Quiet on Keystone, Clinton Faces Sharper Attacks From Rivals

July 29, 2015 9:49 am | by LISA LERER, KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question."

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2 Injection Wells Shut Down After Oklahoma Quakes

July 29, 2015 9:34 am | by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | Comments

Oil and gas operators shut down two wastewater injection wells in northern Oklahoma on Tuesday and reduced operations at a third after several earthquakes centered in the town of Crescent rattled the state.

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Court Orders EPA to Redo Air-Pollution Limits in 13 States

July 29, 2015 9:29 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.

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Nebraska Trial Set Over Land Seizures For Oil Pipeline

July 28, 2015 4:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A judge has scheduled an October trial on a Holt County lawsuit aimed at keeping TransCanada Corp. from seizing land to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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GAO: Thousands of Chemical Facilities Incorrectly Reported Data About Toxic Release Threats

July 28, 2015 4:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office said that federal authorities should take steps to verify information reported by chemical facilities and improve compliance with safety standards.

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Cancer Cluster Suspected at Guantanamo Bay

July 28, 2015 4:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Court personnel at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military base may have been exposed to carcinogens while working on detainee trials, according to a complaint filed with the Department of Defense.

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