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SWEPCO Says Need For Reliable Power Outweights Concerns

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Editor’s Note: In response to the Administrative Law Judge’s approval of SWEPCO’s new powerline, this is what one SWEPCO rep. had to say: We are certainly aware of the many concerns about this project. We will work hard to complete the project in a responsible manner that will minimize the impact while serving the needs…

Federal Complaint Alleges SWEPCO Overcharged Ratepayers

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Staff Report Martha Peine has filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against American Electric Power (AEP). Peine alleges that AEP’s subsidiary SWEPCO improperly charged their customers for thousands of dollars the company spent in lobbying, advertising, charitable contributions, and other non-transmission expenditures. Affected ratepayers are in portions of Arkansas and the…

Ocean Sprawl

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Contribution by EarthTalk We are all familiar by now with “urban sprawl”— the uncontrolled spread of urban development into areas beyond the city. But environmentalists warn that the next frontier in sprawl is on the high seas, where the proliferation of fishing, shipping, tourism, resource extraction, energy development, military exercises and other human activity has…

Archaeology and the Atom

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By Kent Shifferd To keep updated on the Fukishima Nuclear Crisis, visit fukushimaupdate.com We have all heard of the city of Idu. Right? Thousands of families living there, carrying out their normal lives, government housed in lavish buildings, written documents, trade, religion, etc. Well, it was lost. A whole city lost. Idu flourished in the…

Study Reveals Low National Rate of Frog Abnormalities on Wildlife Refuges

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Largest study of its kind advances knowledge of indicator species, identifies regional hotspot clusters An unprecedented 10-year-study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) shows encouraging results for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges. The study, published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE, finds that on average, less than 2 percent…

Free Energy-Saving Weatherization Kits

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Staff Report The city of Fayetteville Community Service Division is offering free Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Kits to qualifying residents of low to moderate income. The kits are intended to assist residents in weatherizing their homes, which is especially crucial during cold winter months. Each kit includes energy efficient light bulbs, caulk, weather stripping, low-flow…

North Dakota Oil Spill Raises Alarm Over Keystone XL

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If XL Approved, Oil and Bitumen Spills Inevitable.Staff Report A September oil spill that leaked 865,000 gallons of oil (at least 20,600 barrels) across seven acres of Steven Jensen’s farm in North Dakota has raised serious concerns about leak detection technology, and what a spill of this magnitude would mean for landowners along the Keystone…

Farm To Table Program Shows “Cooking Matters”

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By Terrah Baker Graduates of Cooking Matters gathered on Nov. 16 to celebrate the skills of low-budget healthy cooking and eating, preparing one last group meal at Trinity United Methodist Church on Sycamore Street in Fayetteville. The class is part of Tri Cycle Farms — across from Sycamore Street off Garland Avenue — Farm to…