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DA won't file charges against pipeline protesters

Dec. 13, 2019 9:21 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A prosecutor in Oregon has declined to file charges against 21 protesters who were arrested during a sit-in at the governor's office last month as they protested a planned natural gas pipeline and marine terminal, a spokeswoman said Friday. The office of Marion County District Attorney...

Utility providers told to up outreach for hardship status

Dec. 13, 2019 7:53 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Public utilities regulators in Connecticut have asked the state's two largest electricity providers to increase efforts to reach out to customers who might qualify for hardship status. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in response to a surge in shutoffs over the past few...

US approves fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks

Dec. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering pills. Vascepa was approved years ago for people with sky-high triglycerides, a type of fat in blood. The Food...

Some lawmakers want cautious approach to Maine utility deal

Dec. 13, 2019 5:01 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Some lawmakers in Maine want regulators to take a cautious approach to the terms of a deal between utility companies. Electric company Emera Maine and potential buyer ENMAX of Canada have said the acquisition would bring major rate cuts to parts of the state. First, the Maine Public...

Oglala Sioux consider appeal on survey decision for mine

Dec. 13, 2019 12:04 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe is considering whether to appeal a decision by a panel of judges that a proposed uranium mine site in southwest South Dakota doesn't have to be surveyed for Native American burials or artifacts. The three judges with the U.S. Atomic Safety and Licensing Board...

Continental Resources names new CEO after founder steps down

Dec. 12, 2019 7:45 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Billionaire oil tycoon Harold Hamm is stepping down as chief executive of Continental Resources Inc. to serve as executive chairman, company officials said. Beginning Jan. 1, Continental board member William Berry will take over as CEO for the Oklahoma City-headquartered company. Jack...

Arizona Public Service CEO apologizes for billing tool error

Dec. 11, 2019 9:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The new head of Arizona's largest electric utility apologized Wednesday for a faulty bill calculator that was supposed to help customers find the cheapest rate plan but instead steered 10,000 of them to higher-priced options. Arizona Public Service CEO Jeff Guldner told frustrated state...

Oregon Congressman opposed to Jordan Cove gas project

Dec. 11, 2019 4:23 PM EST

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A Democratic congressman from Oregon has announced his opposition to the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal and its 230-mile (370-kilometer) feeder pipeline in southern Oregon. The World reports U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Springfield said in a letter to campaign...

Colorado air regulators hear opinions on oil, gas proposal

Dec. 11, 2019 2:31 PM EST

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado air-quality regulators have announced plans to consider changes to oil and gas regulations after hearing opinions from residents and industry officials. The state Air Quality Control Commission heard opinions Tuesday in Rifle City Council chambers about whether proposed...

UA clean energy project gets Corporation Commission votes

Dec. 10, 2019 7:11 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A state commission unanimously approved a partnership Tuesday between the University of Arizona and Tucson Electric Power to run the campus primarily on renewable energy. The five members of the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates public utilities, voted for the project during a...