• In particular, the massive hydroelectric dams along the Columbia River and its tributaries in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho are crucial suppliers of electricity to California via high-voltage transmission lines, known as paths.

  • COLUMN-Living without water in the U.S. West: Kemp Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 10- Water supplies across the western and southwestern United States are becoming severely strained as more people move into areas with limited rainfall and shrinking groundwater.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 7- U.S. officials wrongly aided coal companies seeking federal land leases and accepted below-value bids in a flawed program costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, according to an independent review of the U.S. Interior Department.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 7- U.S. officials wrongly advised coal companies when they leased federal land in a flawed program costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to an independent review of the U.S. Interior Department.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 6- Independent oil refiner Tesoro Corp is replacing older railcars in its crude-by-rail fleet with ones that have the latest safety designs, Chief Executive Officer Greg Goff told analysts on Thursday.

  • Feb 4- U.S. coal miner Arch Coal Inc reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to weak shipments and prices, but said markets for thermal coal, used to generate power, are improving. They soared 5 percent during a conference call with Wall Street analysts.

  • Feb 4- U.S. coal miner Arch Coal Inc reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to lower shipments and weak prices of both thermal and metallurgical coal. Arch Coal, whose shares fell 3.5 percent in premarket trading, said it expects to sell between 131.5 million and 142.5 million tons of coal in 2014..

  • *Adjusted earnings per share C $1.91 vs estimated C $1.95. TORONTO, Jan 29- Canadian Pacific Railway, the country's second largest railroad, reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, but forecast adjusted earnings would climb at least 30 percent in 2014 as revenue rises.

  • In an era of diminished power for unions in the economy, the Labor Department reported that there were 14.5 million union members last year, about level with 2012..

  • Senators urged President Barack Obama on Friday to end delays and approve the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline that would connect Canada's tar sands with refiners at the Gulf of Mexico.

  • "After years of a steady rise led by lower than average U.S. yields, strong domestic and international demand for commodities, low interest rates and solid profit margins, we're seeing the rate of price increases leveling off for farmland in some areas we serve," said Mark Jensen, senior vice president at Farm Credit Services of America, an Omaha- based FCS subsidiary and a leading lender to farmers and ranchers in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Jan 13- Known as "The King of Cable" after he built a small Denver cable company into the nation's largest system in the 1980 s, John Malone aims to become the king of consolidation in the same industry once again.

  • Jan 9- Frigid temperatures across a large swath of the United States this week followed by warmer conditions could aid the spread of a fatal pig disease now in 22 states, affecting hundreds of thousands of pigs, a swine veterinarian said on Thursday.

  • Fatal pig virus now affects 22 U.S. states - USDA Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    Jan 9- California and Wyoming are the latest U.S. states to report confirmed cases of a deadly pig virus, bringing the number of states affected to 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday. It has occurred in Europe and Asia but this is the first year that it has been seen in the United States.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades, forcing businesses and schools to close and causing widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions.

  • UPDATE 1-BNSF Railway reopens tracks after train crash Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    BNSF, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, had been rerouting trains while the tracks were closed since Monday. Some oil trains were being routed through Sheridan, Wyoming, while some coal and merchandise trains were rerouted from Aberdeen, South Dakota, to Laurel, Montana.

  • Dec 30- Vanguard Natural Resources LLC said it would buy natural gas and oil properties in the Pinedale and Jonah fields of southwestern Wyoming for $581 million from a unit of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.. Vanguard Natural shares rose 1 percent to $29.27 in early trading on Monday, while those of oil and gas producer Anadarko were unchanged at $79.45.

  • Dec 30- Vanguard Natural Resources LLC said it entered into a definitive agreement to buy natural gas and oil properties in the Pinedale and Jonah fields of southwestern Wyoming for $581 million from an unnamed source. The assets span 14,000 net acres and produce about 113.4 million cubic feet equivalent per day.

  • *Winterkill worries in Kansas, Nebraska. A bigger issue will be the ice cover from northeast Texas into the Delta, "said Don Keeney, a meteorologist for MDA Weather Services.

  • COLUMN-Coal, the dirty but indispensable fuel: Kemp Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 6:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 4- Supporters of renewables often imply the clean-energy revolution is close to phasing out fossil fuels for electricity generation in the United States, especially polluting coal-fired power plants.

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