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8 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Sheriff disputes utility account of what caused explosion

(AP) — A California sheriff is disputing an account that suggests a county worker using heavy equipment ruptured a gas pipeline that runs through a gun range, triggering an explosion last week that injured 11 people. The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1bntmCM) that Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Monday the county equipment operator was smoothing dirt, not digging, near the ...

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18 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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New England governor head to Connecticut for energy meeting

(AP) — Five of New England's governors are scheduled to meet in Hartford to advance their efforts looking for regional solutions to costly energy and natural gas pipeline bottlenecks. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts called for a delay as he and others expressed concerns about plans to bring in hydropower from Canada and investing in new natural gas pipelines.

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APR 20, 2015 - Forbes

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The Ten Biggest Power Plants In America -- Not What You Think

Everyone has been measuring the size of power plants wrong, using Nameplate capacity instead of produced power. The biggest power plant in America is the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona that produced over 32 billion kWhs last year. The largest power plants in the United States are nuclear because they have such a high capacity factor (cf), that ...

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APR 20, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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5 years after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths

[...] critics say energy companies haven't developed the corresponding safety measures to prevent another disaster or contain one if it happens — a sign, environmentalists say, that the lessons of BP's spill were short-lived. Hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil could spill each day, and the response would be slowed as the equipment to deal with it — skimmers, ...

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APR 20, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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5 years after BP spill: What's changed in offshore drilling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As oil gushed from BP's ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. When the well was finally capped after nearly three months, political and industry pressure mounted on the White House to lift the ban, which it ...

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