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Natural gas pipeline proposed for eastern ND, western MN

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck-based energy company says it wants to build a roughly 38-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas supply to eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. WBI Energy Inc. said Monday that the expansion would cost an estimated $50 million. The company, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc., says the project would connect a pipeline near ...

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Gas prices spiking in Ohio as summer road trip season begins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists have probably noticed already that that the cheap gas prices from earlier this year are now but a distant and pleasant memory. The auto club AAA says pump prices are on the rise in Ohio, thanks to a confluence of factors that include refinery issues, pipeline delivery disruptions and higher crude oil prices. As ...

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Average price of gallon of gas rises slightly in Oklahoma

gas, Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price of gas is up just more than a penny per gallon this week across Oklahoma. AAA Oklahoma said Monday that that the average price statewide is just less than $2.15 per gallon — up from just more than $2.13 per gallon a week ago. The national average is $2.38 per gallon. AAA spokesman ...

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Oklahoma City-based Kimray Inc. announces more layoffs


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City-based company that makes equipment used in oil- and gas-fields will lay off 120 employees by the end of the week. The layoffs at Kimray Inc. announced Monday come after the company laid off 65 employees in March. Another 128 employees accepted voluntary buyouts in 2015. The latest cuts will leave the company with ...

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Railroad says broken bolt caused Oregon train derailment


At least one broken bolt holding the rail in place caused the fiery derailment of a Union Pacific train moving volatile crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon-Washington border, railroad officials say. Union Pacific spokesman Justin Jacobs said Saturday that the company filed a report Friday with the Federal Railroad Administration citing one or more broken bolts ...

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Top Eagle Ford news stories: June 3-10

Eagle Ford news, rig count, oil

Catch up on the top Eagle Ford news stories from the past week. Rising oil prices led to the first increase of the national rig count this year. 5. Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of ...

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Citgo Aruba to invest $450M to $650M to reopen idle refinery

Aruba, oil refinery, Citgo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Citgo Aruba announced Saturday it will invest $450 million to $650 million to reactivate an oil refinery in Aruba that has been idle since 2012. The company said Saturday in a statement that the facility in San Nicolas will be retrofitted over the next 18 to 24 months. The refinery is expected to process ...

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India’s bid to join Nuclear Suppliers Group a point of pride

nuclear, India

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is rejoicing over news that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brokered deals with U.S. officials to bring New Delhi closer to its long-held dream of joining an elite group of nations allowed to control the global trade in nuclear materials, equipment and technology. Newspapers have run daily front-page stories heralding progress on the nuclear front ...

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Mexico to offer farm-out on deep water field in Gulf

Mexico, Pemex

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned oil company announced Friday it will offer a farm-out arrangement to private firms to join in the exploration of a deep-water field in the Gulf of Mexico. It would be the first time that Petroleos Mexicanos has formed an association with a private firm for deep-water drilling. Pemex Director Jose Antonio Gonzalez called it ...

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EPA: Marathon to cut air pollution from Detroit refinery

air pollution

DETROIT (AP) — Marathon Petroleum and the federal government have reached an agreement that that calls for the Ohio-based company to reduce air pollution at a refinery in southwest Detroit. Some residents living near it have complained about pollution from the facility. “The Detroit area has one of the highest asthma rates in the nation,” EPA Regional Administrator Robert Kaplan ...

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