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Pipeline Flip Turns U.S. Oil World 'Upside Down'

An oil boom in the American heartland has created an oil glut in the middle of the country. Now, a pipeline that has been pumping crude oil from Texas to the Midwest will reverse its flow, reducing the bottleneck — and potentially creating winners and losers at the pump.
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Dominion Wants To Pay Customers A Premium For Solar

Dominion Power wants permission to pay a premium to customers who are generating solar power using panels on their houses.

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Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

A new law grants doctors access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need the information to treat patients who may have been exposed to chemicals. But the law also says doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — about what's in the formulas.
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Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story

Natural gas is a much cleaner-burning fuel than coal, so the gas boom going on around the country is often touted as a win for the environment. But no one really knows how much pollution is created by gas drilling. One scientist stumbled upon data that suggest the process may be dirtier than billed.
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Tight Supplies Drive Up Gas Prices In The West

Gas prices are falling overall — but in California and much of the West, they are on the rise. Tight supplies are to blame.
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Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking

Is fracking making people sick? The question has ignited a national debate. A proposed study in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve the issue. By mining more than 10 years' worth of patient records, researchers hope to better understand the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on health.

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