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  • US Energy Secretary Moniz to visit Rhode Island

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (mo-NEEZ') is coming to Rhode Island as part of the Obama administration's reassessment of the nation's energy strategy. The office of Sen. Jack Reed says on Wednesday that Moniz will be in Providence on Monday for the administration's Quadrennial Energy Review. The review was established to develop a comprehensive strategy for affordable, clean and reliable energy. As part of the process, the department is holding a series of regional public meetings around the country, including Monday's in Rhode Island. Reed and Moniz are both scheduled to speak.

  • W.Va. average per-gallon gas price up 5 cent

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gas prices in West Virginia went up a nickel a gallon since last week. AAA East Central reports that the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.66 this week. That's 2 cents cheaper than the national average. Motorists across West Virginia are finding a wide range of pump prices. They range from a low of $3.61 in Morgantown to a high of $3.73 in Martinsburg.

  • SC gas prices up; still cheaper than last Easter

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina drivers have seen a steady increase in gas prices in recent months, but motorists taking to the road this weekend will still find it a bit cheaper to drive than a year ago. AAA Carolinas reports that prices have increased 36 cents per gallon since Christmas. But prices are about a penny a gallon less than last Easter. The average price for a gallon of gas statewide is now about $3.43 a gallon. Gas prices ordinarily increase during the spring as there is a crimp in supply while refineries change over to making less-polluting summer blends of gas. The motor club says the cheapest gas in the state is in Spartanburg at almost $3.38 a gallon. The highest average price is in Myrtle Beach

  • Editorials from around Pennsylvania

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Editorials from around Pennsylvania: ____ BE AWARE OF WHERE YOUR CHARITABLE GIVING GOES To be sure, Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania helps people and the environment. It sells inexpensive donated clothing, household goods and other items, allowing families to stretch budgets and reducing the amount of material sent to landfills. But the nonprofit apparently holds less than charitable feelings toward some competition. The bickering we have seen among otherwise positive organizations is unnecessary and could turn off potential donors.

  • A sampling of editorials from around New York

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Daily News on the proposal to hold a parade in Manhattan for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. April 14. The war in Iraq, begun in 2003, is over. The war in Afghanistan, the longest military conflict in our history, will end in December. Their ends look and feel different from those of many other conflicts the nation has endured. No peace treaties signed on the decks of ships, or banner headlines declaring victory, or warm embraces of those who fought them by a grateful nation. We can change at least one of those facts — with a seismic outpouring of gratitude in the Canyon of Heroes, where America's best have been honored over the generations. That was the brilliant idea sugges

  • Oil nears $105 as conflict in east Ukraine deepens

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The price of oil approached $105 a barrel Wednesday as concerns grew over the crisis in Ukraine, which took military action against separatists in its east. Gains were temporarily tempered by slower Chinese growth. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was up $1.04 at $104.79 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract closed 30 cents lower. Brent crude, a benchmark for international varieties of crude, was up 76 cents at $110.12 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Ukraine's government sent tanks and troops to reclaim government buildings occupied by pro-Russian gunmen in its eastern region.

  • Schumer opens NY's new utility control center

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has formally opened the state's new high-tech utility control center near Albany that aims to improve the efficiency of the state's electrical grid. The Democrat attended the official opening of the $38 million center Tuesday. Known as the New York Independent System Operator Utility Control Center, the facility is intended to better coordinate electrical production with demand. Schumer's office says the center wills serve as a "central nervous system" for the state's power grid. The Senator says the facility will reduce electrical costs and blackouts and make power more reliable. The new center is in Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER'), across the Hudson River from Albany.

  • Va regs set hearings on Appalachian Power rates

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have scheduled hearings on rates that Appalachian Power charges customers for generation, distribution, and transmission services. The State Corporation Commission has set a Sept. 16 hearing in Richmond to review the electric provider's rates. Any changes would take effect in early 2015. Appalachian Power is proposing to increase the monthly residential customer charge from $8.35 to $16. Customers pay that amount regardless of how much electricity they use. To offset the charge, the company wants to lower the base rate for each kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed. Appalachian Power also is seeking to establish two residential energy-efficiency programs.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for April 16

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $100.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $88.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted March 28: COMPLETION Canadian: Deveon Energy Production Co LP; Wanda 32-13N-8W No,. 4H Well; NW1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 32-13N-08W; 58 barrels oil per day, 374,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 16,585. Devon Energy Production Co. LP; Wanda 32-13N-8W No. 3H Well; NW1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 32-13N-08W; 83 barrels oil per day, 547,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 16,620. Carter: Chaparral Energy LLC; Fox Deese Springer Unit No. 41-6 Well; S1/2 N1/2 NW1/4 SE1/4 of 29-02S-03W; 22 barrels oil per day;

  • German company starts gas deliveries to Ukraine

    By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    BERLIN — German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine, a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries. The reverse-flow deliveries from Germany via Poland are largely symbolic for the moment, but could be ramped up to provide about a fifth of the country’s gas needs. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine owes Russia $35.4 billion for gas — about 20 times more than Moscow had previously asked for. He said Russia may ask for Ukraine to start paying for gas in advance or face a shut-off. About a third of the gas RWE AG will supply to Ukraine originally comes from Russia,

  • Oil falls ahead of Ukraine meeting, U.S. supply data

    By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery slid 30 cents to close at $103.75 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Offshore rig taking on water but stable after wave

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An offshore drilling rig is taking on water but is stable after being hit by a large storm wave off the Texas coast. The U.S. Coast Guard says the rig was drilling for oil and gas in 3,000-foot depths around 10 a.m. Tuesday when the wave hit. Petty Officer Manda Emery says the platform was knocked 55 feet, and one of three watertight chambers in one of the rig's six floatation columns began taking on water. Emery says the platform is being kept level and there is no spill. None of the 116 crew members was injured, and there have been no evacuations. The rig is about 130 miles from Galveston. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Andy Kendrick says the well is being drilled for Houston

  • GE research manager: Carbon capture, new tech can triple oil production from enhanced recovery operations

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The general manager of GE’s new oil and gas research center said an increased supply of carbon dioxide could magnify the domestic oil boom.

  • Jamaica grants license for natural gas project

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday. Phillip Paulwell said Energy World International is to supply 381 megawatts of natural gas-fired generating capacity for Jamaica's power grid. He called the project a "game changer" for the tropical country, which is almost entirely dependent on imported petroleum and diesel fuel. The project would be the biggest power plant in Jamaica and be implemented over a period of 26 months, Paulwell said. Paulwell said the proposed plant is "among the first steps toward reducing the price for electricity to the productive sectors and the

  • Cracked river dam can handle migrating fish

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Modifications on the cracked Wanapum Dam will allow migrating salmon to pass through the structure starting this week on their journey to spawning grounds, the Grant County Public Utility District said Tuesday. The utility has extended fish ladders, making them functional even after water was lowered behind the dam to prevent the crack from getting worse. Spokesman Tom Stredwick said the utility spent $1.5 million to extend fish ladders by 18 feet so salmon can pass through the 8,600-foot wide dam on the Columbia River during their spring migration. "They will travel up the ladders, slide down the flume, and continue their journey upstream to spawn," Stredwick said Tuesday.

  • North Dakota may fine truck company more than $2M

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Wyoming-based trucking company working in North Dakota could face fines of $2 million or more for operating without a license and illegally dumping saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, two North Dakota state agencies said Tuesday. "Companies should take notice that they need to understand what is required if they are going to do business in this state," said Dave Glatt, the environmental health section chief at the Health Department, in a statement. "If they fail to comply, they may be fined." In a phone conversation, Glatt said Black Hills Trucking Inc. could be fined up to $1,000 for every day it operated without a license. He said he believed the company has operated without a license since

  • Senators back state management of carbon emissions

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana could have its own, less stringent plan for implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon dioxide emissions, under a proposal that got the approval Tuesday of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. The measure by the committee's chairman, Sen. Mike Walsworth, would let the state Department of Environmental Quality decide how to apply EPA's upcoming rule on carbon dioxide emissions by setting standards for measuring emissions and the pace for following EPA's regulations. The EPA plans to release new regulations by June to curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants as part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan.

  • Another GOP lawmaker backs drilling industry tax

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Another Republican state lawmaker in the Republican-controlled Legislature is lining up behind a proposal to impose a new tax on Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry. Monroe County Rep. Mario Scavello asked fellow lawmakers Tuesday to support his forthcoming bill to impose a 5 percent tax on the highest producing shale gas wells. He says that would generate about $600 million a year, based on 2013 production figures. Scavello is running for a newly created state Senate seat in northeastern Pennsylvania. A GOP candidate for an open Senate seat in southeastern Pennsylvania, Tom McGarrigle, is backing a 4 percent tax while two southeastern Pennsylvania House Republicans, Tom Murt and Eugene

  • South Carolina editorial roundup

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: April 15 Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C., on the CBD oil bill: If they are willing to hammer out a compromise, state lawmakers still have a chance to pass legislation this year that could greatly improve ill South Carolinians' lives. Both the House and Senate have passed versions of a bill put forth by Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, allowing limited access to cannabidiol oil (CBD), a marijuana extract that many have found helps with epilepsy and other conditions. That may include Mary Louise Swing, a 6-year-old who lives in Mount Pleasant and suffers between 20 and 60 seizures an hour despite being on two medications.

  • Manchin urges mines to speak out about coal

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — The Democratic senator leading the battle against the White House's strategy to fight climate change urged the mining industry on Tuesday to speak out about coal's role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to the country to help combat strict new emissions rules for coal-fired power plants. Speaking to the National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Sen. Joe Manchin said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not being reasonable in proposing that future coal plants reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing carbon. Manchin and other opponents say such technology is years away from being commercially viable. "They're hearing us loud and clear. I just need more voices