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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, ordered the pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

Jul. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After a U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network, mounting political pressures and legal setbacks have put its future growth in doubt even as the pandemic saps demand for...

Ecstatic landowner and Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent, Richard Averitt, poses near his property where the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline was supposed to cross Monday July 6, 2020, in Nellysford, Va. Averitt ended his six year fight with Dominion Energy when they announced that developers were scrapping the $8 billion natural gas project is a historic, grassroots win for the environment and a turning point in the fight to stop climate change. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Opponents: Pipeline's defeat 'a testament to perseverance'

Jul. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property. In all that time, Averitt said he couldn't recall meeting a single person who thought they would succeed. The...

Natural gas company to pay state $56M for explosions

Jul. 3, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The utility blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018 that killed one person, injured almost two dozen and damaged more than 100 buildings has agreed to pay the state $56 million, state Attorney General Maura Healey said. The money from the deal with Columbia Gas...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. Solar panels with the capacity to produce hundreds of megawatts of electricity and back-up battery storage systems would be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace the coal-fired generating station under one alternative that will be considered by state regulators. Hearing examiners with the state Public Regulation Commission issued the recommendations Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Solar leads options for replacing New Mexico power plant

Jun. 24, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Solar panels with the capacity to produce hundreds of megawatts of electricity and back-up battery storage systems would be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station under one alternative that will be considered by state regulators. ...

FILE-- In this Sept. 13, 2018 file image taken from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume a home of Lawrence, Mass. police officer Ivan Soto in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts was ordered Tuesday, June 23, 2020, to pay a $53 million criminal fine for causing a series of natural gas explosions in Lawrence and nearby towns that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes. The company was sentenced more than three months after the it pleaded guilty in federal court to causing the blasts. (WCVB via AP, File)

Utility ordered to pay $53M fine for blasts that killed 1

Jun. 23, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A utility company was ordered Tuesday to pay a $53 million criminal fine for causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts was sentenced more than three months after the company pleaded guilty in...

Ex-House speaker, a gas industry ally, joins gas utility

Jun. 16, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A day after leaving his post as speaker of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives, Mike Turzai has become general counsel for the Pittsburgh-based natural gas division of Essential Utilities Inc., the company said Tuesday. Turzai, a Republican from suburban Pittsburgh, was an ally...

Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytsky, left, and National Anti-Corruption Bureau chief Artem Sytnik at a pile of USD 6 million in plastic bags during a briefing in an anti-corruption prosecutor's office in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Ukrainian authorities say they have intercepted a USD 6 million bribe attempt at dropping a criminal investigation against the head of the Burisma natural gas company where former US Vice President Joe Biden's son once held a board seat. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine: Bribe in probe of gas chief; unrelated to Bidens

Jun. 13, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities said Saturday they intercepted an attempt to offer a $6 million bribe in return for the dropping of a criminal investigation into the head of a natural gas company where the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden once held a board seat. At a news conference, during...

Indiana officials to consider request to raise utility bills

May. 31, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State regulators have agreed to consider a request by Indiana’s gas and electric companies to charge their customers for the millions of dollars in revenue the utilities are expected to lose because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered...

New Mexico Gas Company building pipeline to Santa Fe

May. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Construction started this month on a new $60 million gas pipeline that officials say will provide northern New Mexico with more natural gas. The 35-mile (56.3-kilometer) pipeline from Bernalillo to Santa Fe is expected to come online in December and increase supply for northern...