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A battle brews in U.S. over natural gas bans

Some of the country’s most populous cities have banned gas hookups in new developments - but over the last year, Republican-controlled legislatures have passed bills that prohibit cities from banning natural gas infrastructure in new construction.... Read more»

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Biden announces tranche of new sanctions against Russia in response to Ukraine invasion

The invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces led U.S. President Joe Biden to declare robust diplomatic sanctions against the Kremlin, while Germany had agreed to suspend the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that was to bring natural gas from Russia.... Read more»

U.S. House panel divides on party lines over how to better conserve public lands

In a preview of the arguments likely to be repeated as the Biden administration and Congress work toward conservation goals, Democrats on a U.S. House panel Tuesday outlined what they say is a need for aggressive action on climate.... Read more»

Tucson's city natural gas costs spike 1,700% from Texas freeze

The city of Tucson's costs for daily natural gas use has jumped to more than $41,000 due to price increases prompted by the widespread freezing weather in Texas and elsewhere — a spike of 1,700 percent.... Read more»

Southwest Gas to halt shut-offs due to coronavirus economic impacts

Southwest Gas is keeping the gas on for all residents until further notice, according to an announcement on the company's website.... Read more»

Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the economy of the small Northern Arizona town, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions.... Read more»

With coal-fired power costs high, TEP's Navajo Generating Station to close by 2019

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted today to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on site reclamation. The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices.... Read more»

Navajo power plant’s future uncertain, as natural gas costs fall

With record-low natural gas prices continuing to undercut coal, owners of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Page could decide this spring whether they can afford to keep operating the plant or have to shut it down.... Read more»

In Texas' Big Bend, Trans-Pecos Pipeline clears last hurdle

A group of energy companies has cleared its last regulatory hurdle before piping West Texas natural gas beneath 143 miles of largely untouched Big Bend-area land and into Mexico. ... Read more»

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Biden pads economic stats

In a speech in Miami, Vice President Joe Biden puffed up two statistics related to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from overseas.... Read more»

In Big Bend, pipeline opponents claim small victory

A coalition of Texas ranchers, environmentalists and other disgruntled landowners is claiming a small victory in its long-shot battle to block a hefty pipeline planned to carry natural gas beneath 143 miles of largely untouched Big Bend-area land into Mexico.... Read more»

In Texas' pristine Big Bend, a pipeline could run through it

Companies run by two billionaires are teaming up to build a 143-mile pipeline to carry natural gas through the Big Bend region of Texas and into Mexico. An unlikely coalition of environmentalists, landowners and others is fighting to thwart the project.... Read more»

Corp. Comm. chair: Clean-air plan could threaten state’s power supply

There is “simply no way” Arizona can comply with proposed new clean-air rules without “irreparable disruption” to the state power system’s reliability, said Susan Bitter Smith, chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission.... Read more»1

Az official: Proposed carbon emissions goals too harsh

Arizona would have to cut carbon emissions by 52 percent by 2030, the second-steepest cuts in the nation, under the EPA's plan. But the state's target was based on year-round power use and does not account for summertime spikes in demand, state officials say.... Read more»1

Fracking banned in New York

After years of delays and debate, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides risks outweigh rewards. ... Read more»

An unvarnished interview with oilman T. Boone Pickens

Crude oil prices are plunging, but T. Boone Pickens isn’t surprised. The billionaire oilman has seen plenty of spikes and dips during more than 60 years in the industry, including some he predicted.... Read more»

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