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Calif. Official Says Leaking Gas Well Might Be Sealed As Soon As Next Week

NPR | Feb. 5, 2016 10:19 a.m.

An adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown says the well that has been leaking since October could be capped in days — sooner than the end-of-February target that had been set by the utility that owns the well.

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Morocco Unveils A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Sahara

NPR | Feb. 4, 2016 1:11 p.m.

The Noor I solar thermal power plant is the first phase of a project that's projected to provide more than a million Moroccans with electricity — even once the sun has gone down.

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Bill To Move Oregon Off Coal Power Gets Hearing

Statesman Journal | Feb. 3, 2016 11:49 a.m.

The bill would transition Oregon off coal energy by 2030.

Science | Environment | Nation | Energy

California Declares State Of Emergency Over Months-Long Gas Leak

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 5:16 a.m.

Since October, a natural gas storage well near Los Angeles has been spewing hundreds of tons of methane gas each day. The leak isn't expected to be fixed for months.

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Gas Company Understated Benzene Exposure From California Leak

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 5:07 a.m.

SoCalGas wrote about two air samples with high levels of the carcinogen — but not about 12 others, the AP reports. And the LA Times writes that efforts to cap the well appear to have destabilized it.

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California Regulators Order Company To Permanently Close Leaking Gas Well

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 5:06 a.m.

A well on the outskirts of LA has been spewing natural gas into the air for months. Once it's sealed off, regulators say, it can never be tapped again. Other new restrictions are also being imposed.

Environment | Energy

Businessmen Who Abandoned Toxic Mess Now Want To Build Refinery In Washington

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 2, 2016 12:38 p.m.

The backers of a failed biofuels project have proposed a $1.25 billion refinery and propane terminal at the Port of Longview on the Washington side of the lower Columbia River.

Economy | Energy | Nation | Business

Why Cheap Gas Might Not Be Good For The U.S. Economy

NPR | Feb. 1, 2016 4:15 p.m.

A drop in global oil prices saved U.S. drivers $100 billion last year. Good news, right? Not so, say some economists. The energy industry is now so big that cheap oil may actually hurt the economy.

Environment | Transportation | Water | Energy

Low Oil Prices Hurting Northwest Oil Terminals

OPB | Jan. 29, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Portland

Five different crude-by-rail projects have been proposed in Washington, including what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver. While the backers of such projects have said current declines won’t affect their plans, some existing operators in Oregon have not fared well in the current market.

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NPR Contest: Send Us Your Stories Of Happy Accidents In Science

NPR | Jan. 28, 2016 1:10 p.m.

Scientists need curiosity, determination — and luck. We're especially interested in that last bit, so tell us your stories of mistakes and surprises that led to discoveries in the last few years.