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Unions Back Fracking Boom

April 21, 2014 11:26 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

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Tesla Plant Site Proposed In Albuquerque

April 21, 2014 11:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.                      

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Ammunition Plant Explosion Ruled Accidental

April 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.                     

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Hundreds Relocate For Chemical Plant Expansion

April 21, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

More than 200 Mossville and Brentwood residents with property close to the Sasol chemical company's Westlake facility have agreed to sell their property to the company as part of a voluntary relocation plan.                

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Calpine Sells 6 Plants For $1.57B

April 21, 2014 11:15 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Calpine Corp. said Monday that it has agreed to sell six of its power plants to privately-held LS Power Equity Advisors for $1.57 billion.                                      

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Time Runs Out For Illegal Gold Miners

April 21, 2014 11:13 am | by FRANKLIN BRICENO, Associated Press | Comments

The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

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Fatal Accident At Oil Sands Site

April 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Canadian company Suncor Energy says an employee has died after being "severely injured" at its oil sands site.                                       

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Closed Aluminum Plant A Likely Superfund Site

April 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Pollution at the closed Columbia Falls aluminum plant qualifies it as a Superfund site, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants the public's support before moving with the cleanup process.                        

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Stillwater Mining Production Up, VP Resigns

April 18, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.                                

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NorthWestern $900M Dam Deal Nixed By Consumer Counsel Changes

April 18, 2014 10:37 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

NorthWestern Energy would have to walk away from a $900 million deal to buy 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana if forced to make changes recommended by the state Consumer Counsel, an executive for the South Dakota-based utility said Thursday.

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ND Closes Radioactive Material Handling Plant For Emergency Inspection

April 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

State health officials have ordered a facility in western North Dakota that handles radioactive material to cease operations immediately.                                    

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WV Expands Tourism Campaign After Chemical Spill

April 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the January chemical spill in the Elk River that spurred a water-use ban for days.                           

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Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

Crews Find Radiation Leak Location

April 18, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.

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Texas Town Honors West Fertilizer Victims

April 18, 2014 10:12 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

A moment of silence at 7:51 p.m. marked the exact time of the leveling blast in a town that is recovering but still has a long way to go. Photos of the 15 victims were shown on a large screen, including one of the several volunteer firefighters killed.

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Montana Proposes $45M In Oil Patch Grants

April 18, 2014 10:09 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch.         

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