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Are Fracking Fees The Future In Maryland?

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill that would levy a fee on land used to extract natural gas with the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique in order to fund studies on its potential environmental impacts.

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Native Alaskans Divided On State's Oil Drilling Debate

As Shell Oil prepares to drill in the Arctic Ocean this summer, Native Alaskans are visiting Washington, D.C., to make their case for — or against — drilling. Some Inupiats argue that oil and gas exploration puts their traditional lives at stake, but others say the economy of the North Slope needs new oil and gas revenues.
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Energy Tax Increase Here To Stay In Montgomery County

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett's plan to keep a controversial energy tax has roiled business leaders in the area who expected it to be a temporary measure when it was passed two years ago.

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Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche

Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the EPA. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.
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Smart Phones, Hybrid Cars, and the Global Competition for "Rare Earth Elements"

Ninety percent of "rare earth elements" comes from China. We explore the science and politics of "critical materials" in advanced manufacturing...

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Shell Picks Pittsburgh Area For Major Refinery

The so-called ethane cracking, or "cracker," plant would convert ethane from bountiful Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into more profitable chemicals such as ethylene, which are then used to produce everything from plastics to tires to antifreeze.
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Environmentalists Tout Group Weatherization Before Summer

A group of homeowners in Mount Pleasant are undertaking a group weatherization project just in time for summer.

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