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Positive Fracking Study Was Funded By Gas Company

A report that shed favorable light on fracking is at the center of a controversy at the University of Texas. The head of the school's Energy Institute has stepped down and another professor has retired after an investigation found numerous errors and flaws in the report — and undisclosed conflicts of interest.
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U.S. Becomes Less Dependent On Foreign Oil

The Department of Energy projects domestic oil production in the U.S. will grow faster than consumption in coming years. That means the country needs to import much less oil in the future.
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AAA Calls To Suspend Sale Of New Ethanol Fuel

Most Americans have never heard of the fuel E15 — and that could be part of the problem. The auto club says drivers unfamiliar with E15 could fill up with the gasoline accidentally and damage some vehicles. Ethanol producers and the renewable fuels lobby say that's nonsense.
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Montgomery County Council's Berliner Addresses Pepco Rate Hike Request

Pepco is asking for another rate hike, and one of its most ardent critics in Montgomery County is already saying the utility shouldn't get it.

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Cuccinelli: Virginia Utility Law Costing Customers Too Much

Virginia's utility regulation law is costing customers as much as $1 billion more than necessary, according to a new report from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

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Virginia's Coal Industry Jobs On The Decline

Jobs in the coal industry appear to be on the decline in southwest Virginia, and it's not clear when or if those jobs will return.

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Pepco Requests Rate Increase For Maryland Customers

The utility that serves the Washington suburbs has asked Maryland regulators for a rate increase.

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EPA Bans BP From Bidding On Federal Contracts

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday that it is temporarily banning BP from doing new business with the federal government. The agency cites BP's lack of business integrity as a reason, pointing to the company's conduct during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. The suspension doesn't affect current contracts.

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