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In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, photo, an activist waves a placard calling for the ban of fracking during a news conference outside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Ballot fight over fracking could be shaping up in Colorado

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Frank McNulty, a Republican former state lawmaker who sponsored a pro-industry ballot measure in 2014, expects fracking opponents to turn to voters next year.
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, demonstrate on the campus of Binghamton University hours before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about affordable college education during a town hall meeting, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Vestal, N.Y. Obama is on a the second day of his two-day bus tour in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending seven-year review

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Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the “only reasonable alternative” after “years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts.”
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. oil job cuts slow to a crawl in May

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U.S. employers blamed cheap oil for just 1,000 planned job cuts in May, a sharp monthly drop that suggests the oil industry may have already seen the worst of the bust.
New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Reactor at New York nuclear plant that spilled thousands of gallons of oil could be offline for weeks

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Several thousand gallons of oil spilled into the Hudson River after a Saturday transformer fire on the non-nuclear side of the Indian Point plant.
(Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Texas leads nation in exports, thanks to petrochemicals and gasoline

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About a fifth of Texas’ $289 billion in exported goods last year were petroleum and coal products — about $59.1 billion worth — according to a new government report.
(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Northeast gas pipeline progresses, to some landowner dismay

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Of 651 landowners in New York and Pennsylvania affected by the $700 million pipeline project, 125 refused to sign right of way agreements.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Judge rules shale gas pipeline can cross holdout properties

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U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ruled that the Constitution Pipeline has the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that it serves the public interest by providing additional natural gas pipeline capacity.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Local communities standing against and for fracking

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While some local communities have been fighting to keep fracking outside their borders, a group of towns in New York have been debating whether to ditch the state for frack friendly Pennsylvania.
Dynegy CEO Robert Flexon is at the company's commercial desk. (Photo/James Nielsen)

Dynegy reports $104 million loss for fourth quarter

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Dynegy reported a larger fourth-quarter loss than in 2013, but a lower net loss for the full year.
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In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, an environmentalist concerned about global warming wears a statement t-shirt at a public hearing in Eatontown, N.J. on a proposed offshore terminal for imports of liquefied natural gas. Liberty Natural Gas wants to build the facility off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. Business and labor groups support the plan, but environmentalists oppose it, saying it is really a plan to facilitate exports of natural gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing, a technique they oppose. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Idea for gas terminal off East Coast rankles fracking foes

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Liberty Natural Gas wants to build a deep-water port in federal waters 19 miles off Jones Beach, New York, and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. Its stated purpose is to bring additional natural gas into the New York area during times of peak demand, thereby lowering home-heating prices.