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In this undated photo released by the Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement, an aerial view of an Apollo Fuels mine near Middlesboro, Ky. where vegetation is being established during the reclamation process.

Coal operators watched from above

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Government inspectors have been keeping a close eye on coal operators through aerial surveillance in central Appalachia, a region that’s been the center of debate over so-called mountaintop removal mining.
Categories: Coal
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Tube wear detailed at CA nuke plant

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Federal regulators Thursday disclosed the most detailed information to date on damage at California’s idled San Onofre nuclear power plant, where scores of tubes that carry radioactive water have eroded at an alarming rate.
Categories: Nuclear
Money Roll

Gas industry contributions to Pa. politicians down

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The gas drilling industry gave less money to Pennsylvania politicians in 2011, but it spent more on lobbyists.
Panelists said at an OTC panel Monday that variations on  the oil industry's hydraulic fracturing technology may have medical applications.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Insurer won’t cover hydraulic fracturing exposure

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Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has become the first major insurance company to say it won’t cover damage related to a gas drilling process that blasts chemical-laden water deep into the ground.
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil rises on more sanctions for Iran

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Crude rose 27 cents to end at $86.08 per barrel.
Categories: Crude oil
(Photo: Mathijs B/Flickr)

Official: 95 killed in Nigeria fuel tanker fire

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A Nigerian government agency says 95 people have died after a fuel tanker caught fire and exploded.
Categories: Accidents, Africa
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Electric rates not falling along with fuel costs

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A plunge in the price of natural gas has made it cheaper for utilities to produce electricity. But the savings aren’t translating to lower rates for customers. Instead, U.S. electricity prices are going up.
Categories: Electricity
Steve Colt, professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research, discusses energy costs during a hearing on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska. The hearing, the first of several to be held across the state and led by a group of state senators, is to find ways to reduce the high costs of energy in Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Panel delves into issue of high gas prices

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A group of state lawmakers delving into the issue of high gas prices is finding no easy answers for trying to provide Alaskans with some relief at the pump.
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas
Anson Chi who is charged with possessing an explosive device after authorities say he detonated a bomb at a natural gas regulator station in the Dallas suburb of Plano. Chi, critically injured in the blast, had posted anti-government beliefs on Facebook and was wanted for a probation violation in California, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Collin County Sheriff via Dallas Morning News)

Man suspected of gas main bombing indicted

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A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline in suburban Dallas.
Categories: Legal issues
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Oil rises as crude supplies decline

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Oil rose above $85 a barrel Wednesday after a report showed U.S. crude supplies fell for a second week, suggesting demand may be improving.
Categories: Crude oil