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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.
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For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop-duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.
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Texas Braces For A Drop In Production After Oil Prices Fall

Oil production has been booming in Texas, fueled by technological advances. But the fall in oil prices will slow things down. The coming year is likely to see a weeding out of the weakest producers.
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Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

Utilities say consumers who put solar panels on their roofs should help pay to maintain the lines that carry the power they sell back into the system. Panel leasing firms say that's anti-competitive.
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Why D.C. Solar Advocates Are Opposed To Pepco Merger With Exelon

One of Pepco's biggest cheerleaders these days is DC SUN — a group that advocates for community solar power. They say a proposed merger with Exelon could compromise the District's progress with distributed renewables.

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Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

Faulty gear and attempts to clear liquid from wells can release enough gas to power hundreds of homes, new research reveals. Scientists say finding the leaks is a first step to plugging them.
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How Would A Merger With Exelon Affect Pepco's Reliability?

Pepco has been making strides to improve reliability in D.C. since it's low point in the wake of the derecho storm in 2012. But with a merger with energy giant Exelon in the pipeline, some wonder whether that improvement is at-risk.

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Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

OnCue in Oklahoma City was the first place in the country to drop its price per gallon below $2. Several other cities are likely to get similarly cheap gas soon, an expert says.
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Maryland Sets Off Fiery Debate With Plan To Allow Fracking

The O'Malley administration's upcoming plans to allow for "safe drilling" in Maryland are unlikely to end the debate over fracking.

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Oil Deal Provides Much-Needed Revenue In Iraq

Melissa Block talks with Ben Lando of the Iraq Oil Report about the deal between Baghdad and the Kurds over oil revenue.

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