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Protesters against brown coal form human chain 23.8.2014 AP Business
BERLIN (AP) -- Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region....
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State energy director praises local mineral rights advocacy group 23.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Jody Camilletti, of Hayden, confirmed Friday that she is among the 200 people who have submitted letters of application for 18 remaining seats on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new task force on energy development issues. Camilletti was present at Saddleback Ranch near Milner on Thursday night when Matt Lepore, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, which regulates those industries in the state, said it is likely to take another two weeks before selections for the task force are final. “The governor recognizes how important it is for this task force to work well together and has taken direct interest in naming these people,” Lepore told an audience of about 100, who were invited to a barbecue by Citizens Supporting Property Rights. Camilletti said her motivations for seeking a spot on the task force are similar to those that led to a role in the creation of CSPR, which advocates for the interests of people who own subsurface mineral rights. “We feel like the stakeholders need a voice so that it’s not ...
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U.S. drilling rig count down by 17 to 1,896 23.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Houston • Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,564 rigs were exploring for oil and 330 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Kansas gained two rigs while Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia and Wyoming each rose by one. Texas declined by 13 rigs, Al...
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Conservatives Want to Wipe Out Coal Rules…Over a Typo 23.8.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared on Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you can't beat 'em, point out their typos. That seems to be the lesson of the D.C. Circuit Court's recent decision in Halbig v. Sebelius, which could render millions of Americans ineligible for health insurance subsidies on the basis of some sloppy syntax in the Affordable Care Act. After surviving more than 50 repeal votes in the House, a Supreme Court challenge to its constitutionality, and a famously rocky online rollout, health-care reform may end up hobbled by a mere drafting error. And the anti-regulatory crowd wasted no time in launching its next AutoCorrect attack: A new suit asks the D.C. Circuit to nix the president's biggest climate-change initiative—EPA's "Clean Power Plan"—due to a 25-year-old mistake in the text of the Clean Air ...
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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks 22.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Hexigten, China • Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centur...
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Dynegy to spend $6.25B buying power plants 22.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners. Shares of the Houston power producer soared Friday before markets opened and after it announced the deals. The company plans to spend $2.8 billion on Duke’s retail business and ownership interest in several plants and $3.45 billion for assets of Energy Capital Partners, or ECP. The deal will add about 12,500 megawatts of coal and gas generation and expand D...
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North Carolina Newspapers Keep Fracking Data in the Dark 22.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Illinois is losing jobs because of fracking delays 22.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
When the General Assembly started drafting a bill two years ago to allow for fracking, international firm Kimmeridge Energy hired 65 people to work on land acquisition here. When the General Assembly started drafting a bill two years ago to allow for fracking, international firm Kimmeridge Energy hired 65 people to work on land acquisition ...
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Dynegy to buy assets from Duke, Energy Capital Partners 22.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
U.S. power company Dynegy Inc. said on Friday that it would buy coal and gas generation assets from Duke Energy Corp. and Energy Capital Partners, in two deals totaling $6.25 ...
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Sale of the century: the privatisation scam 22.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Privatisation promised to turn the UK into an island of small shareholders. It failed: the faceless state bureaucrats have been replaced by faceless (better-paid) private bureaucrats and big foreign corporations. How did we get to this point? Train fares are going up. We learned that last week, although "learn" is putting it strongly. We knew they would. It's not as if they would go down: train fares go up, like electricity bills, gas bills, water bills, rent and chief executives' salaries. To the loyalists of the Thatcher-Blair-Cameron succession, higher train fares are a positive, because they mean lower subsidies: another incremental step in a 35-year programme to shift the burden of paying for infrastructure from the well-off to the strugglers. To most of us, it's another sign of the folly of selling off the railways. But amid the dismal annual round of fare rises, it's easy to miss another, stranger, more gradual sign of the failure of the vast social and economic experiment conducted on the ...
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Dynegy to spend $6.25 billion on power plant acquisitions from Duke, Energy Capital Partners 22.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Dynegy to spend $6.25B on power plant acquisitions 22.8.2014 AP Business
Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners....
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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks 22.8.2014 AP Business
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) -- Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away....
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Coal gas boom in China threatens to spew greenhouse gases as world tries to curb emissions 22.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Clean water gets a toast at brewery 22.8.2014 Durango Herald
FORT COLLINS – Supporters of a federal water rule gathered at one of Colorado’s largest breweries Thursday to cheer the proposal that would clarify regulatory authority over streams and wetlands.The lovefest at New Belgium Brewing featured U.S. Rep Jared Polis, who has been in the environmental spotlight recently after...
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Questions over value of Scotland's oil highlighted by Sir Ian Wood forecast 21.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
North Sea resources are key in independence vote but difference in estimates reveals cloudy picture

The claim by Sir Ian Wood, a leading Scottish oil executive, that Alex Salmond has hugely exaggerated Scotland's oil wealth has frustrated supporters of independence and delighted the no camp ahead of next month's referendum.

Nonetheless, his intervention this week underscores a puzzling point: oil should be a crucial factor in weighing up how Scots vote on September 18, but the scale and longevity of the country's fossil fuel wealth remains a matter of debate.

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North Carolina passes regulations for toxic coal ash after big spill soiled 70 miles of river 21.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Mexico's Pemex Prepares to Compete With Private Firms 21.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
State-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos said it is creating drilling, logistics and electricity affiliates as it restructures its operations to compete with private oil firms.
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In Idaho, energy secretary pushes for nuclear power 21.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Idaho Falls • U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz championed the use of nuclear power and urged politicians and leaders in the energy industry to adapt and modernize energy production to help minimize the fallout from global warming. Moniz stopped to speak in Idaho Falls on Wednesday at the inaugural Intermountain Energy Summit as part of his weeklong tour throughout the West. Idaho’s Republican congressmen Jim Risch, Mike Crapo and Mike Simpson also spoke during the conference. “The predictions ...
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SNP accused of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60% 20.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Oil tycoon Sir Ian Woods says reserves will decline sharply within 15 years, raising questions about future Scottish economy

Sir Ian Wood, the most influential figure in the Scottish oil industry, has accused Alex Salmond's government of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%.

Wood, the billionaire founder of the oil services firm Wood Group, said the first minister's administration had also overestimated North Sea oil income over the next five years by up to £2bn a year or £370 per person, raising serious questions about Salmond's public spending plans.

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