Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources plunges the snow depth survey pole into the snowpack he conducts the snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday March 3,  2015. The third snow survey of the season showed the snow pack to be .9 inches deep with a water content of 6.9 inches, which is 5 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

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Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada stands at 12 percent of average. Energy officials say that means less melting snow throughout the year to run the turbines at dams.
(Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg)

Seventh SC coastal town on record against offshore drilling

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Opponents of offshore drilling worry that spills could hurt the environment and the important coastal tourism industry.
Clean up crews use an absorbent boom to collect oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., Monday July 4, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel ruptured, spilling crude oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Exxon finishes $1.3 million in work from 2011 Montana spill

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The Texas oil giant paid for emergency training for local responders, fisheries improvement projects on the river and new leak detection equipment for the state.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama orders 40 percent cut in government’s greenhouse gases

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Obama’s executive order also directs the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of the federal government’s consumption.
(Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Report: Oil and gas on public lands a ‘blind spot’ in climate fight

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The report pinpoints rising methane emissions from oil and gas wells on public lands and waters as a significant share of the heat-trapping gases tied to all energy development nationwide.
(AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit targeting Exxon over Arkansas oil spill

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It’s unknown whether the plaintiffs plan to appeal.
President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Jewell outlines administration’s plans for energy on public lands

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Public lands should play a role in both energy development and environmental protection, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.
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Improperly disposed radioactive oil field waste found in North Dakota

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Officials on Thursday said up to 100 filter socks were found in a property in within the city limits of Williston. The socks are the nets that strain liquids in the oil production process.

DOE: Wind could supply 20 percent of U.S. power by 2030

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Wind power could supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030, up from 4.5 percent today, under a “ambitious but credible scenario” outlined in a new U.S. Department of Energy report published Thursday.
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Ohio deep injection well seeks to reopen after quakes

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American Water Management Services asked the Oil and Gas Commission at a Wednesday hearing to lift a state chief’s order that shut down the well at its Weathersfield site, near Warren, last fall.