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As Climate Fight Intensifies, U.S. States Seek to Block Local Natural-Gas Bans

March 5 — Lawmakers in at least five U.S. states have proposed bills since mid-February to prevent cities from banning natural gas as an energy source in new buildings, marking an escalation in the national battle over the fuel’s role …

Nisource Unit to Plead Guilty After U.S. Probe into Mass. Gas Explosions

BOSTON — A subsidiary of utility operator NiSource Inc has agreed to pay $53 million and plead guilty to breaking federal pipeline safety laws to resolve an investigation into catastrophic gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities in 2018. Columbia Gas …

Nuclear Plant Where U.S. Flirted With Its Own Chernobyl to Close

It started with a pump failure early on the morning of March 28, 1979. Steam generators were unable to draw heat out of a reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pennsylvania. While an emergency shutdown …

Enbridge Says Gap Opens Beneath Great Lakes Oil Pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Erosion has created a gap beneath an oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes channel that’s wider than allowed under an agreement with the state of Michigan, oil transport company Enbridge Inc. said Wednesday. The Canadian …

Enbridge to Keep Kentucky Gas Pipe Shut for at Least a Week After Blast

Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said the section of its Texas Eastern pipeline in Kentucky that exploded on Thursday, killing one person, will remain shut through at least Aug. 12. Enbridge said in a notice to customers Monday afternoon it …

Adams Could Be 1st County to Enact Oil, Gas Location Rule

DENVER — Adams County could become the first community in Colorado to require a larger separation between new wells and occupied buildings than the state mandates, as leaders at both the state and local level wrestle with how to implement …

Enbridge Texas Eastern Gas Pipe Remains Shut After Kentucky Blast

Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said the section of its Texas Eastern pipe that killed one person when it exploded on Thursday remained shut while the company works with federal and state officials to investigate the incident. The blast near …

NiSource Settles Massachusetts Gas Explosion Lawsuits for $143 Million

Utility operator NiSource Inc on Monday said it will pay $143 million to resolve class action lawsuits brought by residents and businesses that suffered losses caused by a series of gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities last year. NiSource and …

ConEd Starts to Shed Light on Why NYC Got Plunged Into the Dark

It started with a broken cable. Sometime before 6:47 p.m. on Saturday, a 13,000-volt underground power line at New York City’s West 64th Street and West End Avenue burned, according to Consolidated Edison Inc. One spokesman for the utility said …

Agency: Safeguards Failed in Fire that Killed 5 at Gas Well

OKLAHOMA CITY — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency’s report Wednesday that also …