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Texas parks department lied about Balmorhea springs?

Balmorhea

FuelFix reported today that Texas state park officials did not actually conduct any research that analyzes impacts of oil drilling in West Texas’s Balmorhea State Park. With the controversy over drilling on federal lands one of the past year’s most debated oil and gas topics, it seems like a risky oversight on the part of park officials. Three weeks ago, ...

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AP Interview: IMF says low oil prices still hurting Mideast

middle east oil, mideast economy, oil prices, OPEC

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil-producing Mideast countries are coping with low global oil prices though more government reforms are needed, the International Monetary Fund’s chief for the Mideast said as the organization issued a new report Wednesday showing weak economic growth in the region. Masood Ahmed also told The Associated Press that Iran’s economy beat expectations by growing ...

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Insider Q&A: Energy expert predicts volatile oil prices ahead

OPEC, oil prices, oil glut

DALLAS (AP) — Gasoline prices have leveled off after coasting downhill with the slump in oil. Facing a glut of crude, OPEC members will meet next month in Vienna and try to write the details of a plan to reduce oil production. Columbia University energy analyst Jamie Webster talked with The Associated Press about prospects for meaningful action by OPEC. ...

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US rig count up 15 this week to 539; Louisiana gains 6

baker hughes rig count

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 this week to 539. A year ago, 787 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 432 rigs sought oil and 105 explored for natural gas ...

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4 companies plead guilty to federal clean air violations

clean air violations Texas

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Four companies have pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a total of $3.5 million for criminal clean air violations at two Southeast Texas oil and chemical processing facilities. Papers filed in federal court Wednesday in Beaumont show KTX Limited and KTX Properties Inc. pleaded guilty to negligently releasing hazardous air pollutants in a tank explosion at ...

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Clinton brings in Gore as closer on climate change

Gore

MIAMI (AP) — Al Gore laid out the environmental stakes of the presidential race in stark terms during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton Tuesday, arguing that electing her opponent would lead to “climate catastrophe.” Vice president during Clinton’s husband’s eight years in the White House and a longtime environmental activist, Gore served as a closer for Clinton on climate ...

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Protesters emerge from pipeline stored at construction site

pennsylvania pipeline gas explosion

VERPLANCK, N.Y. (AP) — Four protesters have emerged from an above-ground section of a steel natural gas pipeline that’s being built underneath the Hudson River after they climbed into it to protest a pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. A protest group says Rebecca Berlin, Mackenzie Wilkins, Dave Publow and Janet Gonzalez entered a work site early Monday and entered ...

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OPEC must enact cuts for sustained oil price rise, IEA says

Oil Field in Desert

PARIS (AP) — The International Energy Agency is urging OPEC countries to swiftly deliver on promised production cuts if they want to see a sustained increase in oil prices that will also help shore up their economies. In its monthly report Tuesday, the global watchdog said production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries hit a record high in ...

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Laborers union applauds Dakota Access pipeline ruling

North Dakota oil production, pumpjack

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s congressional delegation and a laborers union are applauding a federal appeals court ruling allowing construction to continue on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. The ruling Sunday clears the way for pipeline work to resume within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline is otherwise nearly complete. The ...

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