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Natural Gas Boom Energizing The Chemical Industry

Chemical companies are the latest beneficiaries of natural gas drilling booms across the country, especially near the Marcellus Shale region in the Northeast. The ethane-rich gas there is providing a cheap resource, prompting chemical companies to build new plants, expand existing ones and even reopen shuttered facilities.
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Environmentalists Upset Over Plans To Export Gas Out Of Eastern Shore

Dominion Power wans to export natural gas out of Maryland's Eastern Shore, but environmental groups are opposing the plan.

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Nuclear Safety, Cost Issues Loom As U.S. OKs Reactor

Southern Co. will build the reactors at its Vogtle site in Georgia. An industry-backed group hopes it's the first wave of new reactors, but a coalition of groups plans to sue to stop the project. Among its arguments: Engineers are still figuring out what went wrong at the Fukushima meltdown in Japan last year.
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Interior Department Okays Offshore Wind For Md., Va.

Offshore wind turbines in Maryland and Virginia get the go ahead from the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Republicans are looking for similar treatment for offshore drilling. 

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Gas Prices Reach Unseasonable Highs In D.C.

Gas prices are creeping up in the D.C. area -- something that's unusual for the cold winter months. Some analysts say the tenuous situation in Iran is to blame, and it could make matters worse going forward. 

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Could Cheap Gas Slow Growth Of Renewable Energy?

The relatively clean gas is replacing dirty coal-fired power plants. That's good news for the environment. But in the long run, cheap natural gas might delay the transition to even cleaner sources of energy, such as wind and solar power.

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