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  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for April 15

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $100.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $88.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted March 27: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Means 2511 No. 2-25H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 25-25N-11W; 203.76 barrels oil per day, 1,810,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,889. Canadian: Cimarex Energy Co.; Golden No. 3-3H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 03-13N-10W; 3,935,000 cu-ft gas per day, 113.8 barrels oil per day; TD 17,525. Cimarex Energy Co.; Golden No. 4-3H Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 03-13N-10W; 4,875,000 cu-ft gas per day, 95.4

  • Oklahoma House passes solar surcharge bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A bill that would allow regulated electric utilities to impose a surcharge on customers who install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

  • Azerbaijan's ambassador talks about energy security with Oklahoma leaders

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States, was in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday to talk about global energy security.

  • Top Democratic lawmaker backs off 'carbon tax'

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said his willingness to pivot from a higher tax on gasoline, propane and other consumer fuels was driven by the need to fund environmentally friendly infrastructure projects while helping low-income Californians with housing. The Sacramento Democrat also threw his support behind Gov.

  • Cleanup set to begin at site of Pa. derailment

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. (AP) — Cleanup is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the site of a train derailment in northeastern Pennsylvania. The six cars on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad train that went off the tracks Saturday were carrying clean sand that was to be used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Northampton County Emergency Management Director Bob Mateff said it was clean sand that hadn't yet been used in the fracking process. The six cars derailed behind a popular restaurant in Upper Mount Bethel Township. The 45-car train was on its way from Allentown to the Scranton-Carbondale area. Delaware Lackawanna Railroad investigators are still looking into what caused the derailment.

  • Illinois gas station owners oppose fuel tax hike

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Increasing fuel taxes to pay for Illinois road construction will hurt businesses — and hit consumers at the pump, gas station owners said Monday. A transportation advocacy group wants to hike the motor fuel tax by 4 cents a gallon as a way to fund a new statewide road-building program that would replace a $31 billion, five-year program expiring this year. The last time the motor-fuel tax was increased to benefit transportation purposes was 1990. But gasoline retailers say the answer is not a tax hike, particularly in a sour economy when gasoline already costs $4 a gallon. "This tax, as a retailer, would be pushed to the consumer.

  • Conn. fracking waste moratorium bill progresses

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that would ban the storage or disposal of waste from fracking in Connecticut is moving through the General Assembly. On a 34-6 vote, the legislature's Judiciary Committee on Monday approved the proposed ban on drilling fluid and other waste generated as a byproduct of gas exploration. It now moves to the Senate for further action. Some lawmakers who opposed the legislation said they prefer another bill that would create a temporary moratorium, giving the state time to adopt regulations to control the materials as a hazardous waste. Republican Rep. Cecilia Buck-Taylor said that bill would allow Connecticut scientists to use small amounts of fracking waste in their research, determining whe

  • FutureGen signs deal with construction unions

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The coal-industry group working with the Department of Energy to build the FutureGen clean-coal project says it has signed deals with 17 unions ahead of construction. The FutureGen Alliance said Monday that it has signed deals with local unions representing electricians, painters, ironworkers and others in western Illinois. The FutureGen project is still awaiting final approvals from federal regulators. The project would refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia to capture carbon dioxide from coal before it is burned. The carbon dioxide would be stored underground. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change when released into the atmosphere.

  • Oil price rises past $104 amid Ukraine tensions

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The price of oil rose Monday on the prospect of higher demand in the U.S. and escalating tensions in Ukraine. Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery rose 31 cents to close at $104.05 a barrel in New York. It's only the second time since September that oil has closed above $104. Brent crude, a benchmark for international varieties of oil, was up $1.74 cents to close at $109.07 in London. If sustained, the jump in Brent crude, which is used by many U.S. refineries to make fuels, will likely make for higher U.S. retail gasoline prices in the weeks ahead. The average retail price of gasoline rose less than a penny Monday to $3.64 per gallon, according to AAA, OPIS and Wright Express. That's the highest average since July.

  • AAA: Gas prices up a penny in Rhode Island

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gasoline prices in Rhode Island are up a cent from last week, and are now the same as a month ago. AAA Southern New England's latest price survey, released Monday, found the average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular in the state is $3.60. The current Rhode Island average is four cents lower than the national per-gallon average of $3.64. Rhode Islanders were paying a penny more per gallon a year ago at this time. This week's AAA survey found a 26-cent range in prices, from a low of $3.49 to a high of $3.79.

  • Alaska Editorials

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers: April 12, 2014 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Injection of students in medical class needs full inquiry and airing Administrators at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have a major challenge on their hands since learning that students in a medical assistant program at UAF's Career and Technical College were instructed to inject fellow students with a solution not authorized for use on humans or animals. University officials so far appear to have responded with urgency and care to a situation that is highly troubling.

  • Decades-old gas fight unfolding in federal court

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Nebraska gas company seeking to condemn more than 9,100 acres of land in Kansas will soon learn how much it will have to pay property owners near its seeping underground storage facility. A three-person commission appointed by U.S. District Judge Monti Belot will begin hearing testimony Tuesday to determine on a tract-by-tract basis the "just compensation" Omaha-based Northern Natural Gas must shell out for the rights to a geological formation underlying the condemned land. The company is using the power of eminent domain to take the property from unwilling sellers in Pratt, Kingman and Reno counties. The proceeding at the federal courthouse in Wichita is expected to take between six and eight weeks,

  • ConocoPhillips to resume Kenai LNG shipments

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NIKISKI, Alaska (AP) — ConocoPhillips says it will resume exports of liquefied natural gas from a Kenai Peninsula facility. The company in a Monday release says it has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG from the Nikiski plant to Free Trade Agreement and non-agreement countries for two years. ConocoPhillips says it plans to resume exports this spring. The company had previously said it would consider exporting again from Cook Inlet if there was enough natural gas for Southcentral Alaska utilities. Last year, the utilities signed agreements securing their supply of gas through early 2018. The Nikiski LNG plant was closed two years ago.

  • Couple gets $1.3M in wind turbine settlement

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million. In announcing they had agreed to settle a lawsuit over a boundary dispute filed against them by GMP, Don and Shirley Nelson said they felt they could have won in court, but it would not have led to the removal of the now-operating turbines. Even if victorious in court, it's doubtful they would have received more than the $1.3 million they will get for the sale of their property and the legal case could have lingered for years, the Nelsons said.

  • Court says utilities can be charged for storm fund

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The state's highest court has upheld a law that allows Massachusetts utility regulators to charge electric companies for the costs of investigating major outages after storms. The companies had challenged a provision that prohibited them from passing on the charges to ratepayers. But the Supreme Judicial Court, in its ruling on Monday, denied the claim by the utilities that the assessments amounted to an unconstitutional taking. The 2012 law created a Storm Trust Fund to pay for investigations conducted by the Department of Public Utilities following widespread weather-related power outages. The agency can impose monetary penalties on electric companies if it finds problems with storm preparation or response.

  • Invention loves collaboration at Milan show

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    MILAN (AP) — Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events, yielding the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's most demanding chefs and sculptures that double as furniture. The sprawling show, which closed Sunday, is the largest in the world, capitalizing on Italian excellence in furniture design and craftsmanship. The weeklong happening, which spills out into Milan venues with numerous side events, is also increasingly the launching pad for high-level collaborations among the fashion, architecture, technological and design worlds.

  • Deal signs law extended tax-free shopping holidays

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians can count on at least two more years of tax-free shopping holidays for school items and energy-efficient appliances. Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday signed the extension into law after it was approved by the Legislature earlier this year. It designates tax-free weekends for back-to-school shopping Aug. 1 and 2 and for energy-efficient dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances Oct. 3-5. Officials estimate the combined two years of tax breaks will cost the state roughly $145 million. The tax measure Deal signed also includes a sales-tax exemption for Georgia food banks worth an estimated $2.5 million over two years.

  • Pittsburgh's Heinz Endowments names new president

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments has named Grant Oliphant the charity's new president. Oliphant previously spent more than 10 years with the Heinz Endowments in various senior management roles before spending the last six years as chief executive officer of another charity, The Pittsburgh Foundation. Oliphant replaces Robert Vagt who left in January to become chairman of a Canonsburg-based natural gas drilling firm, Rice Energy, Inc., after heading the Heinz Endowments since 2008. The charity headed by Teresa Heinz Kerry is not part of the global ketchup and food company of the same name.

  • Glencore buys oil-explorer Caracal for $1.35B

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore Xstrata Plc says it is buying oil exploration firm Caracal Energy Inc. for about 800 million pounds ($1.35 billion) in cash. Glencore says it has reached an agreement to buy all outstanding Caracal shares for 5.50 pounds each, a 61 percent premium on the Canadian-based firm's stock price Friday. The two companies announced the deal Monday, a day after Glencore said it was selling its Las Bambas copper mine project in Peru to a Chinese consortium for $5.85 billion in cash. Caracal is focused on oil and gas exploration in the African country of Chad. As a result of the Glencore deal, Caracal said it would pay $9.25 million to terminate a planned merger with Calg

  • A gallon of gas in Massachusetts up a penny

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has inched up by a penny for the second consecutive week. AAA Southern New England reports Monday that a gallon of self-serve, regular is up to an average of $3.53 per gallon. That's 11 cents lower than the national average and 6 cents lower than the in-state price at the same time last year, but 2 cents higher than a month ago. AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $3.39 per gallon and as high as $3.75.