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Jun 29, 2015

Insight – Green group’s unconventional fight against fracking

By Richard Valdmanis

(Reuters) – The residents of Grant Township, Pennsylvania, were worried about Little Mahoning Creek, a picturesque trout stream best fished in the spring when the water runs fast.

The Pennsylvania General Energy Company had acquired a federal permit to drill an injection well down 7,000 feet about seven miles from the creek to dispose of wastewater from its natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations.

Jun 29, 2015

Green group’s unconventional fight against fracking

By Richard Valdmanis

(Reuters) – The residents of Grant Township, Pennsylvania, were worried about Little Mahoning Creek, a picturesque trout stream best fished in the spring when the water runs fast.

The Pennsylvania General Energy Company had acquired a federal permit to drill an injection well down 7,000 feet about seven miles from the creek to dispose of wastewater from its natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations.

Jun 24, 2015

Boston bomber apologizes, admits guilt for deadly 2013 attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday apologized for the deadly 2013 attack at a hearing at which he was to be formally sentenced to death.

“I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage I have done, irreparable damage,” Tsarnaev, 21, told a federal court.

Jun 12, 2015

Two New England men charged with conspiracy to support Islamic State

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors charged two New England men on Friday with plotting to help the militant Islamist group Islamic State by beheading Americans, following an investigation that led law enforcement officers to shoot a suspect dead last week in Boston.

The men, Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island, and David Wright, 25, of Massachusetts, are accused of making plans with Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, to kill the organizer of a Mohammed cartoon exhibit that took place in Texas in May, and later to target Massachusetts police, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Jun 11, 2015

U.S. should ditch ‘outdated’ oil export ban: Harvard

BOSTON (Reuters) – The United States must lift an “outdated” ban on oil exports to take full economic and geopolitical advantage of its hydraulic fracturing boom, according to a study by Harvard Business School and Boston Consulting Group released on Wednesday.

Lifting the 40 year-old ban imposed after the Arab oil embargo and easing restrictions on liquefied natural gas export terminals would add $23 billion to the economy by 2030, create tens of thousands of jobs, and provide the United States with additional clout overseas, the paper said.

Jun 3, 2015

U.S. researchers uncover secret of Greenland’s vanishing lakes

BOSTON (Reuters) – Scientists were baffled last year after meltwater lakes atop Greenland’s ice sheet suddenly drained out at rates rivaling Niagara Falls.

Now a team of U.S. researchers says it has figured out the bizarre phenomenon and that could help them forecast global sea-level rise.

May 21, 2015

Canada’s Irving Oil slams former top executive over lawsuit

BOSTON, May 21 (Reuters) – Canada’s Irving Oil rejected
former top executive Mike Ashar’s allegation that he was
underpaid millions of dollars, painting him instead as an
“unsuccessful” hire who oversaw a decline in the family-owned
company’s worth during his five-year tenure, according to court
documents filed this week.

The legal battle has offered a rare glimpse inside the
closely-held company, which runs Canada’s largest oil refinery
in the Atlantic province of New Brunswick, and is planning to
build a storage terminal for the country’s most ambitious oil
pipeline project, TransCanada’s Energy East.

May 15, 2015

Insight – Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for solar power, she doesn’t rely on the usual environmental talking points. She speaks of property rights, national security and free market competition.

Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his support for solar energy as a conservative stance against monopoly power utilities that “want to limit energy choice.” 

May 15, 2015

Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON, May 15 (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a
Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for
solar power, she doesn’t rely on the usual environmental talking
points. She speaks of property rights, national security and
free market competition.

Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his
support for solar energy as a conservative stance against
monopoly power utilities that “want to limit energy choice.”

May 14, 2015

Harvard’s in-house fund managers get 70 pct pay hike

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 14 (Reuters) – Harvard, the
world’s richest university, said on Thursday it paid its six
in-house money managers a combined $49.3 million in 2013, up
more than 70 percent from the previous year, citing the team’s
“outperformance” in growing its endowment fund.

The team oversaw an investment return of 15.4 percent for
the Ivy League school’s endowment during the fiscal year ended
June 30, 2014, bringing it to $36.4 billion, or roughly the size
of an average country’s annual gross domestic product.

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