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Deal For Superior Mine Inserted Into Defense Bill

December 4, 2014 12:52 pm | by Emily Bregel, The Arizona Daily Star; Tucson | Comments

A controversial bill to privatize national forest land in Arizona has been tucked into the national defense spending bill, to the dismay of those fighting a mining company's efforts to buy the land. If approved, the legislation would open the door for a massive copper mine 100 miles north of Tucson.

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Shale Gas Line to The Northeast Gets Federal Nod

December 4, 2014 10:58 am | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | Comments

Federal energy regulators have approved a $700 million pipeline project designed to bring cheap Marcellus Shale natural gas from Pennsylvania into high-priced markets in New England and New York. The project's backers said Wednesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval means the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline could be built and operational by next winter.

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Bodies of Missing Turkish Miners Retrieved

December 4, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says search teams have recovered the bodies of the last five miners who were among 18 who died when they were trapped deep inside a flooded coal mine. The five bodies were retrieved on Thursday, 37 days after they were trapped inside the Has Sekerler mine.

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Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 4, 2014 10:45 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

A former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill remains on track for a trial next year, despite defense efforts to have the charges dismissed. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Wednesday declined to throw out one count against David Rainey and took under advisement defense motions to throw out another, a Justice Department spokesman said after the morning hearing.

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Breached Pipeline Causes Israel Oil Spill

December 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Israel says a breached pipeline has caused a large oil spill in the southern part of the country. Guy Samet, an Environment Ministry official in charge of southern Israel, told local media that Thursday's spill near the Red Sea port of Eilat could take months to clean up.

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'Gas Wars' Break Out When Price Falls Below $2

December 4, 2014 10:27 am | by Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY | Comments

How low are gas prices going? So low that "gas wars," a term not heard in many places since the early 1970s, are breaking out. With gasoline prices crashing, stations are scrambling to stay ahead of each other when it comes to price cuts. It's a boon to consumers who have long griped about sky-high gas prices.

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Iraqi Government and Kurds Reach Deal to Share Oil Revenues

December 3, 2014 2:59 pm | by New York Times | Comments

In a far-reaching deal that helps reunite Iraq in the face of a bitter war with Islamic extremists, the central government agreed on Tuesday to a long-term pact with the autonomous Kurdish region to share the country’s oil wealth and military resources. The agreement, which could unite Iraq in the face of a Sunni insurgency, covers the sharing of oil revenues with the autonomous Kurdish region.

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Report Calls For More Study of Pavillion Disposal Pits

December 3, 2014 12:31 pm | by By BENJAMIN STORROW, Star-Tribune staff writer; Casper, Wyo. | Comments

Regulators need to study 20 natural gas disposal pits to determine if a link exists between Pavillion's gas field and the area's contaminated drinking water, according to a draft report by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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Cliffs Sells Coal Assets in Shift Toward Iron Ore

December 3, 2014 11:22 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cliffs Natural Resources is selling off coal assets in West Virginia as the mining company continues to shift more toward a pure, iron ore supplier. Cliffs will take a pre-tax loss of $375 million to $425 million on the sale in the four quarter. It will use proceeds from the $175 million sale to Coronado Coal II LLC to pay down debt.

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U.S. Judge: State to Try Suit Against Oil Companies

December 3, 2014 11:12 am | by The Times-Picayune; New Orleans | Comments

A federal judge has sent a Plaquemines Parish lawsuit against 19 oil and gas companies back to state court for trial. NOLA.com The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey's ruling sets the stage for the return of 27 others suits to state courts in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes.

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Ukraine Officials Say No Radiation Leak From Nuclear Plant Accident

December 3, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Roth, New York Times | Comments

Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk of Ukraine on Wednesday announced that there had been an accident at one of the country’s nuclear power plants, briefly setting off fears of a Chernobyl-like catastrophe. But there appeared to have been no radiation leak and only a temporary disruption in the power supply.

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Garrett Commission Votes to Endorse Findings on Shale Gas Drilling

December 3, 2014 10:56 am | by By Elaine Blaisdell, Cumberland Times-News; Cumberland, Md. | Comments

The Garrett County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse the findings of the Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Commission to further explore the impacts of drilling. The commissioners also voted to forward the report to the incoming commissioners for a decision on how to best implement policies and procedures for Marcellus shale moving forward.

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AmeriGas Leak Grew Fast

December 3, 2014 10:37 am | by By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole News & Guide; Jackson, WY | Comments

The propane gas cloud preceding a fire two weeks ago was so large that investigators can’t determine what exactly ignited it. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS released its investigation report of the blaze Tuesday, stating that while investigators could determine the source of the leak, they could not determine the cause of the explosion.

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Fire Crews Not Told About Chemical Leak at Chillicothe Paper Plant

December 2, 2014 1:37 pm | by Laura Arenschield, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio | Comments

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it was likely that people within a 1-mile radius of a Chillicothe paper plant might have experienced nausea, sore throats or watery eyes after a chemical compound leaked from the site on Oct. 31.

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Could Wyoming's Oil Boom Be Over Before It Started?

December 2, 2014 11:46 am | by By BENJAMIN STORROW, Casper Star-Tribune | Comments

Plunging oil prices are prompting companies to shelve expansion plans in the Cowboy State, raising doubts over the future of Wyoming’s fledgling oil boom. Industry executives and observers said they expect drilling in Wyoming to slow after a 40 percent drop in price, months of tepid global demand and news that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel will not curtail production.

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