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Energy
3:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Interior Department Issues New Federal Rules On 'Fracking'

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:58 pm

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Interior Department Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks in Anchorage, Alaska. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
Dan Joling AP

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:18 pm

The Department of the Interior has unveiled new regulations on hydraulic fracturing operations that take place on federal lands, requiring companies using the drilling technique to ensure wells are safe and to disclose chemicals used in the process.

The rules change follows a more than three-year review process and will affect the 90 percent of oil and gas wells on federal lands that now use so-called fracking to extract oil and gas.

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Business
4:38 am
Wed March 18, 2015

A Nuclear Deal With Iran Could Increase Global Oil Glut

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 9:09 am

It's not just Benjamin Netanyahu and other world leaders who are scrutinizing the Iran negotiations. Oil traders are, too. That's because there's already an oil glut, and an Iran deal could lift sanctions and mean even more oil.

"Even the thought that Iranian oil could be unleashed on the global market is, you know, getting people to sell first and ask questions later," says Phil Flynn, a senior market analyst and oil trader at The Price Group in Chicago.

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Environment
2:22 am
Wed March 18, 2015

After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

The abandoned Cherokee Clay and Brick Mine in Lee County, N.C., may become a landfill for coal ash.
Dave DeWitt WUNC

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 11:23 am

When utility companies burn coal to make electricity — and it generated 39 percent of U.S. energy in 2013 — it leaves behind ash that can contain arsenic, selenium, boron and many other toxic substances.

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Parallels
4:26 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Excitement Over Mexico's Shale Fizzles As Reality Sets In

A platform owned by Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex is seen off the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. The country has recently opened up its energy sector to foreign investors.
Victor Ruiz Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:01 pm

The prolific shale formation that has made people rich in South Texas doesn't stop at the Rio Grande, as U.S. maps seem to indicate.

"The geology doesn't change when you cross that little 20-foot-deep river," says Brandon Seale, president of San Antonio-based Howard Energy Mexico. "What goes on 10,000 feet under the river is the exact same."

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Energy
4:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Alaska Town Braces For Another Boom

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:36 pm

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U.S.
3:28 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Plans To Explore For Oil Offshore Worry East Coast Residents

Mayor Billy Keyserling of Beaufort, S.C., speaks out against drilling for oil offshore, Jan. 14. He says local votes expressing opposition to oil drilling plans are important even if they don't hold the force of law.
Bruce Smith AP

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:37 am

As the Obama administration opens the door to offshore drilling, the oil industry is promising more jobs and less reliance on foreign oil. Some people who live along the Eastern Seaboard are saying, "no thanks."

Coastal towns and cities in several states are formally opposing offshore drilling and oil exploration.

Tybee Island, Ga., is a short drive across the marsh from the historic city of Savannah. The island is dotted with hotels and tiny vacation cottages for tourists — and for about 3,000 people, it's home.

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Around the Nation
3:54 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

New Transmission Line To Carry Wind Energy Not Met With Open Arms

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 9:40 pm

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Parallels
2:37 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

Renewable energy sources — such as the Eolo wind park about 75 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua — generate about half of the country's electricity. Officials predict that figure could rise to 80 percent within years.
Inti Ocon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:26 pm

Nicaragua produces no oil, but is a land of fierce winds, tropical sun and rumbling volcanoes. In other words, it's a renewable energy paradise — and today the Central American nation is moving quickly to become a green energy powerhouse. Within a few years the vast majority of Nicaragua's electricity will come from hydroelectric dams, geothermal plants and wind farms.

Nicaragua's largest wind farm lies on the shores of giant Lake Nicaragua, which stretches halfway across the country.

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Wind Energy
10:53 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

State Senate Passes Wind Farm Incentive Cut

Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Measures that would modify tax incentives for future wind farms in Oklahoma have been approved by the state Senate.

The Senate passed two measures by Republican Sen. Mike Mazzei of Tulsa in separate 45-0 votes Tuesday and sent them to the House for consideration.

State budget officials have said generous tax incentives, credits and deductions granted over the years to stimulate business and industry in the state are one reason Oklahoma is facing a $611 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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