Energy & Environment

Drought no obstacle to record income for U.S. farms

November 21, 2012
Bloomberg News
Even after the worst drought in a half-century shriveled crops from Ohio to Nebraska, U.S. farmers are having their most-profitable year ever because of record- high prices and insurance claims.
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ExactTarget co-founder Baggott turns zeal to natural farmingRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chris Baggott has spent the past year and a half raising cattle, pigs and chickens on pasture, rather than conventional feed grain, and without the use of hormones or antibiotics.
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Transit, runoff bills on environmental group's legislative wish listRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
But with a legislature that could be unreceptive to environmental policy, HEC is also guarding against an unwinding of existing laws.
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Green BEAN Delivery expands with second farmRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
The locally based purveyor of organic produce is leasing 50 acres in Ohio to serve its customers in that state, Indiana and Kentucky.
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Lilly Endowment gives Indiana nature trust $10M grant

November 14, 2012
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources brings to $30 million the amount of funding for the initiative to acquire more wilderness land to mark the state's 200th birthday in 2016.
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Gift lets land trust preserve 109 acres in Johnson County

November 13, 2012
Dan Human
A $200,000 gift from the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust will help the Central Indiana Land Trust acquire 109 forested acres in southwest Johnson County.
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Authorities seek cause, assess damages of fatal explosion

November 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins said 80 homes were damaged in the Richmond Hill neighborhood, including 31 houses that might need to be demolished. He estimated the damage at $3.6 million.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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Hoosier Environmental Council's job no easier with Pence administrationRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Group plans full-time presence at Statehouse to guard against governor, Republican legislature rolling back environmental protections.
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CountryMark buying oil, natural gas operations for $125 million

November 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based CountryMark Cooperative Holding Corp. said Friday morning that it has agreed to pay $125 million to purchase a portion of the oil and natural gas operations of Continental Resources Inc. in Oklahoma City.
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Duke Energy earnings hurt by mild weather

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp., the nation's largest electric utility by market value, reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, but company executives said the outlook for strong economic growth in the U.S. is dim.
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Farm fatalities fall in Indiana; no children die

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
A new Purdue University report says farm-related deaths in Indiana fell to 16 last year and none involved children for the first time in 13 years.
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Indiana's oldest ethanol plant shuts down, idling 40

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
High corn prices, large ethanol inventories, lower gas prices and lower fuel demand were factors cited for the shutdown.
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Westfield votes to approve $91M water utility sale

November 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Westfield City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to transfer its water and wastewater assets to Citizens Energy Group for $91 million.
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Dry cleaners' solvents taint Martinsville's waterRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed placing the city of Martinsville on its Superfund priority list, citing groundwater contamination traced to several former dry cleaning shops in the heart of town.
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Dry cleaners moving to 'perc' alternativesRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
One of the region’s largest dry cleaning companies recently washed its hands of perchloroethylene, the dry cleaning chemical at the heart of about 170 cleaner site cleanups statewide.
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Backers of 30-year gas-purchase deal to press on

October 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Gasification LLC plan to amend a 30-year contract that obligates the state to buy the company's synthetic natural gas. The move is in reaction to an appeals court ruling that reversed regulators' approval of the deal.
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Container makers want to restore fizz to state's recycling fundRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The money, long ago diverted by Gov. Daniels to the state's general fund, would help reduce landfill waste and lower manufacturing costs.
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Farmland prices going up in much of Indiana

October 19, 2012
Associated Press
A September study by Purdue University found farmland prices were as much as 18 percent higher than in 2011, and some appraisers say they continue to go up.
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Lawmakers question Abound loan, citing quality issues

October 11, 2012
Bloomberg News
House Republicans want more information about a $400 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department to Abound Solar Inc., citing reports that significant “technological difficulties” with the company’s solar panels were known before the aid was approved.
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City waterways initiative floats economic development ideas

October 6, 2012
Mason King
More than 100 local groups are joining forces to rehabilitate neglected rivers and streams in Marion County in the hope of sparking redevelopment.
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BROWNE: Finishing touches just now coming to Georgia StreetRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Bill Browne / Special to IBJ
Time didn't permit final upgrades before Super Bowl crowds descended on stretch.
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Citizens' Westfield utility acquisition will help with broader system needsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The $91 million water and sewer deal is expected to improve water distribution between northeast and northwest suburbs.
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Electronics recycler adds 125 jobs in Plainfield

October 3, 2012
A recycling business that launched a local expansion project 18 months ago says the decision led to 125 new jobs.
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Cummins gets EPA approval for key engine

October 1, 2012
Dan Human
Cummins Inc. has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s blessing on a redesigned engine that will meet the first-ever set of federal standards for heavy-duty truck emissions.
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