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Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 8-15

A variety of headlines hit the site this week. Trade, tragedies, theft and more. Take a look at the top Eagle Ford news stories from the past week.

5.) Stricter offshore drilling rules issued, upsetting industry

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Image via U.S. Coast Guard

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Obama administration issued new rules Thursday to make oil and natural gas offshore drilling equipment safer and to reduce risks in digging wells, but the oil industry and its supporters in Congress say they are costly and questioned their need.

The rules published by the Interior Department came nearly six years after the catastrophic blowout of a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured many others aboard Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The out-of-control leak dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.

Read more about offshore drilling rules here.

4.) Mexico thieves build tunnel, camouflaged truck to steal oil

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in central Mexico say thieves built a camouflaged truck to transport fuel stolen from government pipelines. Police found a tunnel built by pipeline thieves in the same state of Guanajuato last week.

The discoveries show the sophistication of thieves who drill taps into state-owned pipelines thousands of times every year to steal gasoline and diesel.

The Guanajuato state government said it found a gravel truck in which a huge fuel tank had been welded into the bed, covered by a hatch and a layer of gravel to avoid detection.

Read more about theft from Mexican pipelines here.

3.) Another study says global warming may be worse than experts think

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FILE – In this March 17, 2016 file photo, storm clouds build prior to the arrival of a thunderstorm as Jeff Warren of Auburn, Maine, heads for shore on his paddleboard on Lower Range Pond, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Poland, Maine. A new study out of Yale says the world may warm 1 degree more by 2100 than scientists estimate.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most computer simulations of climate change are underestimating by at least one degree how warm the world will get this century, a new study suggests.

It all comes down to clouds and how much heat they are trapping. According to the study published Thursday in the journal Science, computer model simulations say there is more ice and less liquid water in clouds than a decade of satellite observations show.

The more water and less ice in clouds, the more heat is trapped and less the light is reflected, said study co-author Trude Storelvmo, a Yale atmospheric scientist. She said even though it tens of degrees below freezing, the clouds still have lots of liquid water because they don’t have enough particles that helps the water turn to ice crystals.

Read more about climate change computer simulations here.

2.) Global trade of LNG hits record high

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Image courtesy Cheniere Energy

Global trade of liquefied natural gas (LNG) reached record numbers in 2015, according to a new report.

The International Group of LNG Importers said shipments of LNG grew by 2.5 percent to an all-time high of 245.2 million tons annually.

Increased trade was driven by new liquefaction plants in Indonesia and Australia. The new facilities began exporting LNG to customers in Europe and the Middle East and contributed 11.4 million tons per year of new liquefaction capacity. Australia became the second-largest exporter of LNG, surpassing Malaysia.

Read more about worldwide trade of liquefied natural gas here.

1.) 2 workers killed, 1 hurt in South Texas pipeline accident

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Image: Michael via Flickr

WOODSBORO, Texas (AP) — Officials say two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men did repairs on a South Texas gas pipeline.

Refugio (ray-FYOO’-ee-oh) County authorities say the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at a Southcross Energy Partners plant near Woodsboro.

Read more about the Texas pipeline accident here.

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