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Pennsylvania to fund research into fracking health dangers

Nov. 22, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday his administration will spend $3 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of the natural gas industry, taking action after months of impassioned pleas by the families of pediatric cancer patients who live in the most heavily drilled region of the...

Gas pipeline protesters sit-in in Oregon governor’s office

Nov. 22, 2019 12:47 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Demonstrators opposed to a liquefied natural gas pipeline and a marine export terminal in Oregon flooded into the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday and staged a sit-in at the governor’s office before police moved in to arrest them. The hundreds of protesters demanded Gov. Kate...

US agency to consider expanded drilling in Alaska reserve

Nov. 21, 2019 6:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration will consider a new management plan and expanded oil drilling for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an Indiana-size area that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar characterized as an “iconic place on our Earth.” The Bureau of Land...

Opposition emerges to proposed North Slope oil project

Nov. 21, 2019 9:55 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A proposed Alaska oil production project is facing opposition from a nearby village, with some people expressing concern it could affect hunting and fishing. Planning commissioners in the North Slope village of Nuiqsut declined to support a rezoning proposal for the so-called...

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Nov. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about California Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a moratorium on permits for wells using high-pressure steam to extract oil, The Associated Press reported that a Chevron well suffered a massive leak, while others that use that method have not had spills. The story...

Gas leak prompts relocation of inmates at Topeka prison

Nov. 20, 2019 3:56 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Corrections says nearly 500 inmates at the Topeka Correctional Facility are in temporary housing because of a gas leak. WIBW reports the department said Wednesday that 466 women were moved from five housing units after the leak was discovered in a gas line...

Asian shares retreat on poor Japan trade data, China news

Nov. 19, 2019 10:34 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Shares retreated in Asia on Wednesday after Japan reported its worst monthly decline in exports in three years, putting pressure on the economy as growth slows following a sales tax hike. Adding to regional jitters, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution overnight to support human rights in...

North Dakota oil production down slightly from August record

Nov. 19, 2019 11:39 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say oil production in September was down slightly from the record set a month earlier. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.44 million barrels of oil daily in September. That's down from the record of 1.48 million barrels...

Wyoming governor’s budget would avoid cuts but use reserves

Nov. 18, 2019 11:39 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A two-year state budget proposed Monday by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon would avoid further agency spending cuts for now but dip into a reserve fund to make ends meet amid declining revenue. The $3.1 billion budget for 2021-2022 would also slash construction funding from amounts sought by...

Asian shares mixed amid caution on US-China trade talks

Nov. 18, 2019 10:30 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed as investors remain cautious over prospects for an agreement in trade talks between the United States and China. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 edged 0.1% lower to 23,384.14. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4% to 6,745.60. South Korea’s Kospi...