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Utility head blamed for late mention of Fukushima ‘meltdown’

TOKYO (AP) — An outside investigation team appointed by the operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that an instruction from then-company president to avoid mentioning “meltdown” delayed disclosure of the status of three reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co. described the Fukushima reactors’ condition as less serious “core damage” for two months after the March 2011 earthquake and ...

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NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the utility complained was too high. “Our action today to protect NorthWestern Energy’s customers from unreasonably priced solar power is a compromise that still allows solar energy ...

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Nigeria: Police dispute new attack claim by oil militants

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Local police are disputing claims that Nigerian oil militants struck another pipeline in the Niger Delta, saying an explosion was instead caused by a gas leakage. Cordelia Nwawe, police spokesperson for Akwa Ibom state, said Friday that engineers were “working to rectify the leakage” from the pipeline owned by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. The Niger ...

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New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 ...

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AAA: Texas retail gasoline prices down a penny this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas retail gasoline prices has slipped a penny this week to settle at an average $2.14 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported that the nationwide price at the pump held steady at $2.36 per gallon. Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $2.06 per gallon. The association’s weekly survey found ...

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Stock indexes fall yet again as British vote looms

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were declining for a sixth day Thursday as investors continued to brace for next week’s vote on whether Britain would remain a member of the European Union. Japanese stocks plunged 3 percent after the Bank of Japan decided not to increase its economic stimulus efforts. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 91 points, ...

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Wildfire near California oil refinery burning out of control

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire spurred by strong gusts mushroomed in size and burned out of control Thursday in a remote coastal area west of Santa Barbara, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of campers, some homes and an oil refinery as it crept toward the ocean. Winds and rising temperatures across the dry Western U.S. also worsened wildfires ...

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Global markets drop as Bank of Japan stands pat on stimulus

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Global stocks fell Thursday after the Bank of Japan kept its monetary policies unchanged and as investors turned their attention to next week’s “Brexit” vote on whether Britain should exit the European Union. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.7 percent to 5,927 and Germany’s DAX dropped 0.9 percent to 9,520. France’s CAC 40 was down ...

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GE O&G and Technip partnering to develop digital LNG solutions

GE O&G and technip

Two O&G and Tech industry giants, GE Oil & Gas and Technip, have entered into a preliminary agreement for a “joint project to explore area to co-develop digital solutions for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry,” according to a release. “This partnership is a milestone for the oil and gas industry’s digital journey,” said Rod Christie, president and CEO of ...

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Natural gas flaring in North Dakota has declined sharply since 2014

natural gas flaring in North dakota

The volume of North Dakota’s natural gas production that is flared has fallen sharply in both absolute and percentage terms since 2014. In March 2016, 10 percent of North Dakota’s total natural gas production was flared, less than one-third of the January 2014 flaring rate, which was at 36 percent. Flaring rates and volumes have significantly decreased as North Dakota’s ...

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