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Kansas rising electric rate-making process favors utilities

Jan. 18, 2020 11:50 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An independent review of Kansas' rising electricity prices shows the process used for setting rates favors utilities and could be improved. Lawmakers concerned that electricity prices were no longer competitive with neighboring states requested the study by London Economics in a bill...

Wyoming OKs permit to test treated oil wastewater on a farm

Jan. 18, 2020 11:14 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have issued a one-time permit for a company to test whether its technology to treat oil drilling and manufacturing wastewater can help vegetation grow on a farm. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality permit issued this month allows Encore Green...

US allows Chevron to keep drilling in Venezuela for 3 months

Jan. 18, 2020 7:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has granted Chevron a special license to keep drilling oil in Venezuela despite a ban on American companies doing business with President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government. The Treasury Department late Friday renewed until April 22 the license for Chevron...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, left, with Deputy Attorney General Yvonne Chi, discusses the state's lawsuit challenging the Trump administration over the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's decision to open more than 1 million acres of public land to oil and gas drilling in the middle of the state, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra said the federal government could allow more use of the controversial extraction method known as fracking without properly considering the consequences. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)

California sues to block Trump administration fracking plans

Jan. 17, 2020 7:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California increased its efforts Friday to keep the federal government from allowing oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of public land, suing to block the Trump administration from issuing new permits in the central part of the state. The lawsuit against the U.S....

FILE - In this April 1, 2013 file photo, a member of a cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark. A segment of a crude oil pipeline that has been closed since it ruptured in Central Arkansas in 2013 is being inspected and tested, officials said this week. Energy Transfer Partners LLC, which owns what was formerly known as the Pegasus Pipeline, notified Central Arkansas Water that testing is underway, utility CEO Tad Bohannon said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Courtney Spradlin/Log Cabin Democrat via AP, File)

Integrity tests done on Arkansas oil pipeline that ruptured

Jan. 17, 2020 3:35 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A company tested the integrity of a segment of pipeline that has been idle since it ruptured in 2013, spilling 5,000 barrels of crude oil in a Arkansas neighborhood and causing more than $57 million in damage. The tests that were conducted on the Permian Express pipeline from...

North Dakota oil production down from October record

Jan. 17, 2020 2:51 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say oil production in November was down slightly from the record set a month earlier. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.51 million barrels of oil daily in November. That's down about 2,500 barrels daily from the record...

Regulators OK natural gas power plant in northern Wisconsin

Jan. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators have approved plans for a $700 million power plant on the shores of Lake Superior despite conservationists' concerns that the facility will harm the environment. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 on Thursday to...

Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Lester Thompson delivers the State of the Tribes address Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Tribe official calls for better communication from lawmakers

Jan. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Thursday called on South Dakota lawmakers to improve communication with Native American communities, singling out bills passed last year that were aimed at expected protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. “When relationships collapse,...

New Mexico adopts rule as oil industry touts fiscal impact

Jan. 16, 2020 2:39 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Thursday adopted a new rule aimed at oil and natural gas companies as the industry touted the more than $3 billion that was pumped into the state's general fund coffers through taxes and revenues during the last fiscal year. With the change, the state Oil...

New Mexico regulatory agency's hacked

Jan. 16, 2020 9:55 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state agency's website is down as a result of what officials say is a ransomeware hack. The Public Regulation Commission said Wednesday its website hasn't been operational since Jan. 9 and likely won't be back in service again for a week or so. In the meantime, the...