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Solar Farm Developers Target New York With Lease Offers *

By Mary Esch ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy production. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable energy plan and the extension of the […]

Grand River Advisory Lifted After Wastewater Line Rupture

BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Health officials have lifted an advisory warning against body contact with the Grand River that was put into place after a wastewater transmission line ruptured in southern Michigan. The Jackson County Health Department said in March that there’s no more potential threat. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports the line began […]

Detroit Considers Strict Regulations for Handling Pet Coke

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is considering a measure that would strictly regulate the handling of petroleum coke and other bulk solid materials to protect the health of residents. The proposal comes after uproar in 2013 over piles of petroleum coke, a byproduct of oil refining, that were stored by a company along the Detroit River, […]

Cincinnati Seeks Approval of $135M Renovations to Music Hall

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s historic preservation staff is recommending that the Historic Conservation Board sign off on a $135 million makeover to the city’s Music Hall. A public hearing on the project had been scheduled for April 4 — the same day as MLB’s Opening Day. Officials changed it to April 11 amid concerns about […]

EPA Aims to Cut Methane Leaks From Natural Gas Companies

By Michael Biesecker WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration recently announced a new partnership with 41 energy companies that have agreed to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations to help combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program at the Global Methane Forum held in Washington […]