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Pipelines drained; feds investigating cause of gas explosion

pennsylvania pipeline gas explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas pipelines were being drained Saturday as authorities try to determine the cause of an explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed one home, damaged at least three others and burned a fleeing homeowner. Officials in Westmoreland County said the 30-inch Texas Eastern transmission line burst open around 8:15 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, shooting flames ...

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Donald Trump to speak at North Dakota oil expo in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been tabbed as the keynote speaker for the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference that will be held later this month in Bismarck, an oil industry group said Wednesday. The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is scheduled for May 24-26 at the Bismarck Civic Center. North DakotaPetroleum Council President Ron Ness said Trump is ...

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Oil spill settlement bill stumbles at session end

Oil spill settlement bill stumbles at session end

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawmakers are continuing to disagree over how much of the state’s oil spill settlement funds should go to road projects and how much to the Gulf coast. The feud on Tuesday threatened to doom legislation doling out the settlement dollars. A Senate budget committee was scheduled to vote Tuesday on legislation to use $191 million for ...

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Enbridge predicts $62M in fines, penalties tied to oil spill

Enbridge predicts $62M in fines, penalties tied to oil spill

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — A pipeline company says it expects $62 million in fines and penalties related to a 2010 Michigan oil spill. In a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Enbridge says $55 million represents penalties under federal water law. The Alberta-based company says no final fine or penalty has been ordered yet as negotiations continue with ...

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Colorado Supreme Court strikes down local fracking bans

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court struck down attempts by two cities to ban or delay fracking on Monday, a major victory for the oil and gas industry. The court ruled that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with state law. State officials and the industry argued ...

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Ex-Montana Sen. Conrad Burns dies; influenced energy policy

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81. Burns died of natural causes at his home in Billings, Montana Republican Party Executive Director Jeff Essmann said. “He was a colorful figure who loved ...

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Settlement of coastal oil suits? Industry groups say no

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A business lobbying group and oil industry organizations are publicly denying speculation that energy companies are negotiating with public officials to settle lawsuits over damage to Louisiana’s coast. The statement comes from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. It notes that ...

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Magnitude 3.5 earthquake rattles parts of northern Oklahoma

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.5 magnitude quake was recorded at 8:06 a.m. Sunday about 16 miles northwest of Fairview in Major County, about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The temblor was recorded at a depth of three miles. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. ...

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Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution

Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent ...

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US rig count drops 11 this week to 420, another all-time low

US rig count drops 11 this week to 420, another all-time low

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by 11 this week to 420, again reaching an-time low amid depressed energy industry prices. A year ago, 905 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 332 rigs sought oil and 87 explored for natural gas. One was ...

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