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  • Oil rises just above $102 a barrel

    The price of oil traded around $102 a barrel on Friday, nearly unchanged, as worries over supplies and geopolitical tensions eased. Oil prices had slipped Thursday after spiking earlier in the week on lower U.S. inventories and tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East. Benchmark U.S. crude for...

  • EPA must do more to control methane leaks, says inspector general

    The Environmental Protection Agency isn't doing enough to prevent methane leaks from natural gas pipelines that deliver energy to customers, according to a report from its internal watchdog.

  • North Dakota oil refinery about 3/4 constructed

    DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Construction of an oil refinery near Dickinson is about three-fourths complete, and most of the jobs that will be created there have already been filled. Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group Inc. and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners are building the...

  • Scrap-metal Transformers on mission to save planet

    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Watch out, Transformers are in town! Giant scrap-metal sculptures of popular Autobots, Decepticons and the evil Megatron himself are on show at several locations in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica — the work of a young artist who saw a new role for his...

  • Colorado fracking ballot initiatives clear signature threshold

    Colorado campaigners have secured enough signatures to get two initiatives that would place restrictions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state on the November ballot.

  • Obama brags about increasing oil production -- and reducing carbon emissions

    President Obama, in California Thursday to talk about "economic patriotism," walked a very fine tightrope in talking up the administration's accomplishments.

  • Officials require more supports beneath oil pipes

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two oil pipelines at the bottom the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan will get additional support structures to help prevent potentially devastating spills, officials said Thursday. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the...

  • Australia's carbon tax debacle shows why it's a bad idea

    Australia’s lesson is that in any serious contest between the economy and the environment, the environment loses.

  • Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures...

  • Oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill

    SEATTLE (AP) — Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard early Thursday, but it alarmed environmentalists. "This is a warning of how dangerous this could be," said Kerry McHugh, communications director for the Washington Environmental...

  • Obama to attend United Nations climate summit

    President Obama will attend the United Nations climate summit in New York in September, a move that would put a stamp on his administration's agenda ahead of pivotal international negotiations next year in Paris.

  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hits Capitol Hill to drum up support for conservation program

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is making the rounds on Capitol Hill in hopes of swaying lawmakers to fully fund and permanently reauthorize a 50-year-old conservation program that expires next year.

  • Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

    SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba. (AP) — Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago. Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic homes, a narrow highway that once paralleled...

  • Oil drifts down despite China manufacturing bounce

    The price of oil fell below $103 a barrel Thursday, giving back part of its gains from the day before, despite improvements in Chinese manufacturing. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for September delivery was down 20 cents to $102.92 a barrel in electronic trading on the New...

  • Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air. It wasn't thunder he heard. An explosion and fire at an oil field service supply company...



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