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Anti-Fracking Billboards Come Down

September 8, 2014 10:10 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | Comments

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages are coming down.                       

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Nebraska Fertilizer Plant Layoffs

September 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A southeast Nebraska agriculture manufacturing plant will close part of its operations and eliminate more than half its workforce by November.                                                       

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Fight Erupts Over New England Natural Gas Plan

September 8, 2014 10:06 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | Comments

Plans by New England officials to expand natural gas have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists and local and state officials. Now, a lawyer who represents a pipeline company, manufacturers and two organized labor groups is accusing environmental advocates of abandoning their early support for cleaner energy and trying to block pipeline projects.

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Fines & Hearings Continue Over Fracking Issues

September 8, 2014 10:04 am | by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.                

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U.S. Gas Prices Fall, Extending Summer Decline

September 8, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A national survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has dropped 2 cents over the last two weeks, to $3.46, bringing the decline to 25 cents over the last 11 weeks.                        

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FMC Purchases Cheminova For $1.8B

September 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

FMC is buying a Danish insecticide company for $1.8 billion. The diversified chemical company based in Philadelphia will fold Cheminova into its agricultural solutions business.                 

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California Still Embroiled In Controversy Over Utility Fine

September 8, 2014 9:55 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | Comments

The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.                  

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$3B ND Fertilizer Plant Moves Foward

September 8, 2014 9:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

CHS Inc. announced Friday that it is moving forward with a plan to build a $3 billion fertilizer plant near Jamestown, using abundant natural gas from North Dakota's oil patch as a feedstock.                        

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BP Spill By The Numbers

September 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Here's a look by the numbers at the nation's worst offshore oil disaster, which occurred in April 2010 when BP PLC's Macondo well blew, resulting in an explosion and deaths aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon.                

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Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Shell Seeks Permits For Moorings Near Plant

September 5, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Shell Chemical LP has applied for a permit to build two docks and 24 smaller structures to moor barges near the site of its proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania.                                   

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Gulf Of Mexico Residents Hail Ruling Against BP

September 5, 2014 10:08 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | Comments

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.               

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29 Rescued, 5 Still Buried After Mine Collapse

September 5, 2014 10:03 am | by SABINA NIKSIC, AMER COHADZIC, Associated Press | Comments

One by one, rescue workers pulled 29 miners out of a trouble-plagued coal mine Friday after it had collapsed a day earlier in central Bosnia. Five men remained buried deep underground as officials halted rescue efforts.                          

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Stocks Flat As Oil Drop Offsets ECB Stimulus

September 5, 2014 10:01 am | by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Business Writer | Comments

A slump in oil prices weighed on the stock market Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight loss.                                 

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Biofuel Plant, Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 5:05 pm | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | Comments

Plans for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant upstaged an announcement Thursday that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost.                          

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Montana Coal Deal To Boost Asian Exports

September 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.                                                

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