Energy & Environment

Propane costs soar amid winter supply squeeze

January 25, 2014
Associated Press
Many distributors in the Midwest are limiting the amount of propane they deliver to customers. And the Indiana attorney general's office is urging Hoosiers to conserve the amount of propane used to heat their homes.
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Investors seek payoff from Indiana oil wells that big players ignore

January 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Indiana is experiencing a mini oil-boom, thanks to some big producers, but some small, private investors are also in on the game, through Indianapolis-based Midwest Energy Partners, formed four years ago by former CountryMark executive Bill Herrick.
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Airport looking to solve runoff problem from de-icingRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis International Airport officials are looking for a way to cut their sewage-treatment bill, which topped $1 million last year because of the large volume of de-icing chemical that ends up in retention ponds.
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Lawmakers advance bill allowing industrial hemp crops

January 24, 2014
Associated Press
Hemp plants could start appearing in Indiana fields if a state Senate bill to allow growing the crop gains support from lawmakers.
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Senate passes bill to protect agricultural rights

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 186 provides that it is the responsibility of the state to conserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of agriculture. The goal is to guide the courts to interpret state laws to be sympathetic toward farmers.
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Committee strips down, passes ag-gag bill

January 21, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
A Senate committee watered down a bill Tuesday that was meant to stop secret videography and photography of farming operations.
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NiSource's pipelines make it a prime takeover target

January 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
NiSource, which operates the largest natural gas distribution company and second largest electric distribution company in the state, could be acquired by a company seeking to profit from the shale-gas boom.
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Gas leak prompts downtown evacuations

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
Streets were closed Monday morning near the Central Library as utility crews tried to suss out the cause of the leak.
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Bill would bolster Hoosier homegrown products

January 16, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1039 – approved unanimously Thursday by the Agriculture and Rural Development committee – is meant to bolster a program that brands Indiana-grown produce and meat.
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Two groups challenge Indiana coal-gasification permit

January 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Sierra Club and Valley Watch want an administrative law judge to strike down the Department of Environmental Management's December decision to extend Indiana Gasification's permit until June 27.
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Changes to farm-trespassing bill delay vote

January 14, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate Criminal Law Committee delayed a vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday amid a flurry of proposed amendments.
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Steele removes farming from proposed hunting, fishing amendment

January 13, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
Sen. Brent Steele's proposed amendment passed its first round in 2011, but needed approval this year to go on the ballot for ratification by voters. Now, with new language, the process will start over.
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Baggott leaves Compendium, goes whole-hog on food industry

January 13, 2014
Dan Human
The local tech titan and co-founder of ExactTarget has cut ties with his latest software venture to concentrate on his livestock and corn operations, plus a restaurant he just purchased in Greenfield.
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Indiana considers amendment that could shield industrial farms

January 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
The bill’s sponsors say it's a way to keep non-farmers, including national animal rights groups, from meddling in the state’s rural interests.
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Fewer than 5,000 utility customers still without power

January 8, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The combined outages were down from more than 40,000 power outages Monday after temperatures plunged into the negative teens.
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Storm a big blow to Indiana dairy operation's finances

January 8, 2014
Associated Press
The cows are braving the cold at Fair Oaks Farms, but the milk they're producing is going down the drain because it couldn't be delivered.
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Farmers push revised ag-gag bill; critics say problems remain

January 7, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 101 would create a crime known as “agricultural mischief” and it’s aimed primarily at stopping secret videography and photography of farming operations.
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Thousands still without power amid bitter cold

January 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-area power companies called in hundreds of out-of-town workers, many from out of state, to repair downed lines amid Monday’s record-setting cold. About 20,000 customers still lacked power late Monday.
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Car guy falls in love with Tesla after visiting new local dealership—and taking a drive

January 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The new electric-powered Tesla Model S corners a lot like a Lamborghini and has more than twice the range of a Nissan Leaf.
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Government might deregulate corn, soybean seeds

January 3, 2014
Associated Press
The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer. The new seeds, developed by Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences, would allow farmers to use the weed killer throughout the plants' lives.
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EPA fines Crawfordsville over Sugar Creek pollution

January 3, 2014
Dan Human
Crawfordsville will pay $96,000 in environmental fines because a city-owned wastewater treatment plant was putting too much copper into a creek, according to a federal court filing in Indianapolis.
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Report: Indiana power rates to rise a third by 2023

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
The report by the State Utility Forecasting Group projects that Indiana's electricity rates will increase by 32 percent from 2013 to 2023, driven upward by new federal pollution restrictions and other factors.
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Better homes and gadgets: Household power use falls

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
Even though our lives are more wired than ever, power usage is on track to decline for the third year in a row due to more energy-efficient housing, appliances and consumer-friendly devices.
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Kokomo to debut curbside recycling program

December 29, 2013
Associated Press
City officials hope the program can reduce the community's trash-disposal costs by 35 percent.
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Flexsteel settles Elkhart contamination suit for $6.25M

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Iowa-based furniture maker was accused of polluting the water wells of nine homes in the northern Indiana community.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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