• Groups oppose oil, gas drilling under Ohio River

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental and citizen groups are urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to rethink leasing land under the Ohio River for oil and natural gas drilling. In a letter Wednesday, Ohio and West Virginia groups expressed concerns that the state won't sufficiently safeguard against releases that could harm water supplies. Groups said more than 5 million people use the Ohio for drinking water. Until Sept. 25, the state is taking bids on the rights to the reserves below 22 miles of the river. The sections are in Pleasants, Marshall and Wetzel counties. Eight groups signed the letter. Some include the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Concerned Citizens Ohio, West Virginia Sierra Club chapter and Fres

  • Pa. families struggle with gas drilling pollution

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    DONEGAL, Pa. (AP) — An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after state officials say a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water. The state Department of Environmental Protection has ruled that Ken and Mildred Geary's water was tainted by a leak from the WPX Energy Appalachia LLC site, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review (http://bit.ly/1yina8t ) reports. The drilling site is about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The DEP has ordered the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company to provide a permanent source of clean water to the Gearys and two other affected households. WPX claims the water quality is naturally resolving over time.

  • US to train veterans to install solar panels

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans. The Agriculture Department will also spend nearly $70 million to fund 540 solar and renewable energy projects, focused on rural and farming areas.

  • Greens exit Finnish government over nuclear spat

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    HELSINKI (AP) — The environmentalist Green Party says it's dropping out of Finland's coalition government, which has endorsed the construction of a new nuclear power plant. Green Party leader and Environment Minister Ville Niinisto told reporters Thursday that the decision clashes with the core values of the anti-nuclear Greens, a junior partner in governing coalition since 2011. The exit weakens Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's coalition though it retains a majority in Parliament by one seat. Earlier Thursday the government extended a license to Finnish-Russian consortium Fennovoima to build a nuclear reactor in Pyhajoki, northern Finland. Initially granted in 2010, the license was set to expire next year. It w

  • A guide to Scotland as it votes on independence

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears. ___ WHAT IS SCOTLAND? Scotland, with little more than 5 million people, is one of the oldest countries in the world, having been united as a single nation by King Kenneth MacAlpin in the year 843. It remained an independent state for more than 800 years until the formation of Great Britain in 1707.

  • Wildlife area to open on former coal mining site

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new wildlife area is set to open on North Dakota land that was once dug up for coal mining. Falkirk Mining Co. and Great River Energy have donated 729 acres of land near Underwood to the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The Coal Lake Wildlife Management Area will be open to public access for hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor activities. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley is scheduled to lead a dedication ceremony Thursday a 2 p.m.

  • US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to visit NC

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    BUNN, N.C (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting a Franklin County farm that produces solar-powered electricity to announce money flowing to renewable energy projects. Vilsack visits Progress Solar in Bunn on Thursday in conjunction with a White House campaign about investments in solar power. Progress Solar received a $3 million loan guarantee two years ago to install an array of solar-power panels. The government says the operation now produces enough solar energy to power 600 homes a year. The Agriculture Department has given more than $275 million in grants and $260 million in loan guarantees to farms and rural small business owners during President Barack Obama's term in office.

  • Western governors to discuss drought challenges

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governors from across the western United States are heading to the National Weather Center in Norman for a two-day forum on how drought conditions are affecting the energy industry. An initiative of Western Governors' Association Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, the two-day forum begins Thursday and will include a welcome from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Thursday's discussion will include a presentation from Oklahoma Climatological Survey director Kevin Kloesel. Officials from Oklahoma City-based energy companies such as Continental Resources and Devon Energy Corp. also are expected to discuss how drought affects their businesses.

  • Asian stocks mostly down after Fed meeting

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank's benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 0.7 percent to 24,199.87 and South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.8 percent to 2,046.53. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.1 percent to 5,399.60. Stocks in New Zealand and mainland China also fell but Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.3 percent to 16,099.30 as the yen weakened.

  • It's head versus heart for voters in Scotland's independence referendum, Oklahoma resident says

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Scot who lives in Oklahoma City awaits Scotland’s decision on whether to dissolve the country’s 307-year union with England and the rest of the United Kingdom.

  • Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources appoints new president

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Continental Resources Inc. in Oklahoma City has selected Jack Stark as its new president and chief operating officer.

  • Putting a cap on water loss

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Devon Energy pilot program covers water pits to reduce evaporation

  • Law firm's report: ND tribal leader abused power

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The leader of an oil-rich American Indian nation is accused of using his position to benefit from business partners' lucrative oil field contracts and attempting to extort money from other companies for the go-ahead on projects at Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. The allegations are laid out in a report by Kansas City, Missouri-based law firm Dentons based on investigation by the firm and led by former U.S. Attorney Stephen Hill. The report describes a close business relationship between Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation chairman Tex Hall and a man indicted in a pair of murder-for-hire cases. The findings were presented to the tribes' elected body, the Tribal Business Council, in Aug

  • North Dakota GOP unveils oil patch spending plan

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republicans on Wednesday unveiled an $800 million one-time spending plan to address immediate problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said flanked by other GOP legislators from the state's oil-producing region, said the "surge funding" will be a priority when the Legislature meets in January. "This will help us win the war against the impacts," he said at the state Capitol in Bismarck. The plan was created after numerous meetings between lawmakers and local officials this summer, Wardner said.

  • Court: Mineral rights include strip mining option

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled that mineral rights retained by landowners who sold property to the state in eastern Ohio allow them to strip-mine coal on the property. At issue is a portion of a 650-acre plot of land in Jefferson County owned by the Department of Natural Resources that contains more than $2 million in coal. The Supreme Court's 6-1 decision Wednesday said strip-mining was well known in the county when the contract was signed and in fact other areas of the property in question had been strip-mined before the state bought it. Justice Paul Pfeifer, writing for the majority, said it was reasonable to believe the parties to the contract understood that "reasonable surface right priv

  • US current account deficit dips to $98.5 billion

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings. The deficit in the current account shrank to $98.5 billion in the second quarter, down 3.5 percent from the revised $102.1 billion deficit in the January-March period, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the smallest current account deficit since an imbalance of $87.3 billion in the final three months of last year. The lower deficit reflected a variety of factors including gains in U.S. exports and a larger surplus in earnings by Americans in their overseas investments.

  • NRC taps new inspector for Browns Ferry

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named a new resident inspector at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens. The federal agency says Adam Ruh is taking over the position at the Tennessee Valley Authority plant in north Alabama. Ruh was a civilian engineer with the Navy before joining NRC in 2012. He worked on submarines and aircraft carriers with the military. Each U.S. nuclear plant has at least two resident inspectors to monitor operations for safety, and Browns Ferry has three.

  • A guide to Scotland as independence vote nears

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The people of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears. ___ WHAT IS SCOTLAND? Scotland, with little more than 5 million people, is one of the oldest countries in the world, having been united as a single nation by King Kenneth MacAlpin in the year 843. It remained an independent state for more than 800 years until the formation of Great Britain in 1707.

  • NYC to build hydroelectric plant in upstate area

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    DEPOSIT, N.Y. (AP) — New York City says it plans to build a new hydroelectric plant in upstate New York. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd says the new facility will be built at the city's Cannonsville Reservoir in Delaware County. Lloyd says the $72 million 14-megawatt plant will produce enough power for about 6,000 homes and advance the goal of developing affordable, clean and renewable energy. It also will prevent the emission of 25,620 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, thereby reducing the city's overall carbon footprint, and is expected to generate approximately $2 million in revenue each year, depending on demand and the market price of electricity.

  • Oil, gas, livestock, Sept. 17

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Oil, gas, livestock, Sept. 17, 2014