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North Texas Drilling Adds $11.8B To Economy

September 11, 2014 9:46 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

Production from the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale in North Texas has risen even as drilling activity and natural gas prices have fallen, according to a study commissioned by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce released Wednesday.

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Scientists: Ozone Layer Is Recovering

September 11, 2014 9:45 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

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Commission Approves $3.5M For Westar Energy

September 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A state commission has approved a plan to allow an extra $3.5 million for Westar Energy for upgrades to a coal plant.                                   

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WV Miners Warned About Layoffs

September 10, 2014 10:41 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

In what has become a painful exercise across Appalachia, Patriot Coal is again telling hundreds of West Virginia mine workers that they could lose their jobs.                                    

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In North Carolina, Coal Ash Regulation Is About To Become Law

September 10, 2014 10:40 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he won't sign a new law regulating Duke Energy's toxic coal ash pits because he has problems with it, but he will allow the legislation to become law without his signature.                      

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Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 10:38 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state's legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.          

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Chesapeake Energy Racketeering Case Heads To Trial

September 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Chesapeake Energy has been ordered to stand trial in a racketeering case that accuses it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.                     

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Judge Hears Arguments On Mining Near The Grand Canyon

September 10, 2014 10:36 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | Comments

Mining industry groups say a ban on the filing of new hard rock mining claims near the Grand Canyon is irresponsible public policy, but the federal government and conservationists say it will protect water flowing through the canyon from potential contamination.

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Is Shipping Oil Abroad The Answer To Lowering Gas Prices?

September 10, 2014 10:34 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Exporting more U.S. crude around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the U.S. economy, according to a new study released Tuesday.                      

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House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 10:32 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts more regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands, and would threaten farmers' ability to farm their own land.

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Blast Rocks Chemical Waste Plant

September 10, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An explosion rocked a chemical waste facility Tuesday night near Bremen in northwestern Germany, injuring several people, police said.                                             

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Activist Pleads Guilty For P&G HQ Protest

September 8, 2014 4:32 pm | by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press | Comments

One of nine Greenpeace activists charged in a protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters pleaded guilty Monday to a single felony count.                                             

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Texas Producers Find New Oil Fields — Olive Groves

September 8, 2014 4:20 pm | by Texas A&M AgriLife | Comments

Texas has been known for its oil production for almost 150 years. Now, a new oil industry is sprouting in what may bring producers cash and consumers a local, edible choice — olive oil.                             

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Stocks Slump As Oil Price Hits Energy Sector

September 8, 2014 4:13 pm | by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer | Comments

The U.S. stock market fell Monday, pulling back from a record high reached last week. Energy stocks fell the most as the price of oil slumped.                                    

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A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Judge Worries Freedom Industries Will Abandon WV Spill Site

September 8, 2014 4:08 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

A bankruptcy judge is concerned that a chemical company may abandon the site of a massive January spill without cleaning it up.                                      

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