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A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules

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Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of production. Democratic lawmakers say the regulations are so mild that they won’t change current operating standards.
Smoke and flames erupt from the scene of a train derailment Thursday, March 5, 2015, near Galena, Ill. A BNSF Railway freight train loaded with crude oil derailed around 1:20 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moser. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)

Senate Democrats seek tougher federal rules for oil trains

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Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell on Wednesday said the measure would ban the use of older tank cars, regulates the volatility of crude oil carried on trains and ensures that rail infrastructure is properly maintained.
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Fracking moratorium bill fends off amendments, heads to vote

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On Monday, the Protect Our Health and Communities Act dodged attempts by House Republicans to change the legislation and make it easier for fracking to start in western Maryland.
(AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Alaska House advances operating budget with broad cuts

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The budget advanced includes $273.8 million less for agency operations compared with the current fiscal year.
The former Exxon Mobil-owned Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J. ConocoPhillips now operates the plant. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

New Jersey officially announces $225 million Exxon Mobil settlement

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Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said the settlement over refinery sites in Linden and Bayonne is separate from Exxon Mobil’s obligation to clean up the sites at its own expense.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a Capitol Hill rally for Keystone XL earlier this year. (Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Landrieu leading charge for Keystone pipeline vote

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Echoing Landrieu’s plea were moderate Democrats from Republican states, who argued for the project that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.
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Poll: Americans would pay more for energy to curb climate change

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By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Poll: Pennsylvanians support drilling, with one caveat

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Pennsylvanians support drilling for natural gas by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, but a majority is opposed in one condition, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday.
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Energy industry places big bets on Republican Senate victory

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Energy companies are giving more to Republicans to help them win a U.S. Senate majority and counter President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda.
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Obama officials seek Democratic support for EPA coal rule

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Top advisers to President Barack Obama are trying to sell fellow Democrats in theU.S. Senate on the administration’s plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants.