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Judge asked to restore cancelled energy lease in sacred area

Blackfoot Tribe, sacred area, Lewis & Clark National Forest

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Louisiana energy company is asking a federal judge to reverse the cancellation of a 33-year-old oil and gas lease on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada. Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge filed court papers Monday seeking a judgment in the case that’s before U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in ...

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Oil prices hit by downward revision to global oil demand

global oil production

LONDON (AP) — Oil prices took a pounding Tuesday after a leading industry group said global oil demand growth is slowing by more than previously thought, largely because of a more pronounced economic slowdown during the third quarter of the year. In its September oil market report, the Paris-based International Energy Agency reduced its forecast for global demand growth to ...

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Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to block a four-state oil pipeline got a lifeline when the federal government temporarily stopped the project, a move some say likely may forever change the way all energy infrastructure projects are reviewed in the future. Just minutes after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s attempt ...

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North Dakota gasoline prices slightly up, averaging $2.26

Vintage gas pumps

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gasoline prices in North Dakota have increased during the past week, averaging $2.26 a gallon. GasBuddy.com says average prices Sunday were about 10 cents higher compared to last month, but still more than 19 cents per gallon lower than during the same period a year ago. In the Fargo area, the average gas price per gallon ...

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US rig count up 11 this week to 508; Texas up 4

Permian Basin, Wolfcamp

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 508. A year ago, 848 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 414 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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North Dakota tribe’s request to stop work on pipeline denied

pipeline protest, Dakota Access Pipeline

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s attempt to halt construction of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline near their North Dakota reservation was denied Friday by a federal judge. The tribe had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer ...

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California panel rejects Newport Beach coastal development

coastal development California, Newport Beach

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California panel has overwhelmingly rejected a plan to build nearly 900 upscale homes and a hotel on a valuable stretch of Southern California coastline that has long been the site of oil drilling and now provides habitat for endangered and threatened wildlife. After a 13-hour meeting with hundreds of speakers, the California Coastal Commission ...

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The Latest: North Dakota activates Guard for protests

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the legal challenges and coordination of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local): 12 p.m. Gov. Jack Dalrymple is activating the North Dakota National Guard ahead of a federal judge’s impending ruling on a request by the Standing Rock Sioux to stop the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline. Dalrymple says a ...

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Apache may have struck big in West Texas

Apache, Texas oil discovery

DALLAS (AP) — A Houston driller is boasting of a big new oil and gas discovery in West Texas. Apache Corp. believes there could be 3 billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in an area it calls Alpine High. The company announced its discovery Wednesday after two years of drilling in the largely undeveloped ...

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