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This July 8, 2013 file photo provided by Surete du Quebec, shows debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press,File)

New charges brought in 2013 Quebec oil train disaster

Regulatory agency Transport Canada announced the charges Monday after an investigation found an insufficient number of handbrakes were applied and the handbrakes were not tested properly.

Southern Ute tribe challenges new federal fracking law

The rule, which is set to go into effect Wednesday, also is the subject of lawsuits filed earlier this month, including a joint suit by the states of Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota, as well as another filed by the Western Energy Alliance and Independent Petroleum Producers on behalf of 46 trade associations and royalty-owners groups.
Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique team members, left, evaluate oil coverage as a hand crew worker scraps areas affected by an oil spill at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Workers clean up oil spill on California beaches by hand

The painstaking task at Refugio State Beach marks a new front in the cleanup after an underground pipeline leaked last month.
The deputy director of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Ahmad Puzi Abdul Kahar, show a picture of missing tanker during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 15, 2015.  Marine police say the Malaysian oil tanker MT Orkim Harmony that went missing last week carrying fuel worth 21 million ringgit ($5.6 million) and 22 crew members was probably hijacked by pirates. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Hijacked Malaysian oil tanker rescued, pirates flee

The maritime agency said the hijacking was believed to be the work of a syndicate targeting vessels for their cargos of fuel. It said this was the fifth theft in waters off southern Malaysia this year.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Mega injections of wastewater triggered more quakes, study says

Wells that pumped more than 12 million gallons of saltwater into the ground per month were far more likely to trigger quakes than those that put lesser amounts per month, the study from the University of Colorado found.
(Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Gasoline prices across Texas up a nickel this week

AAA market experts believe gas prices are nearing a seasonal high. Officials cite the completion of seasonal refinery maintenance and abundant crude oil supplies.
The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

OSHA says open-flame heater caused gas rig fire that killed three Oklahoma workers

Records indicate that the company, Dan D Drilling, was cited in June 2013 for allowing the use of an open-flame heater on one of its rigs. Dan D Drilling received 10 OSHA violations and faces penalties.
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, holds up a sign asking voters to vote in favor of banning fracking at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Special to the Houston Chronicle/Brandon Wade)

Denton city council repeals voter-approved ban on fracking

Voters in Denton approved the ban last November amid concerns that the process could damage the environment and causes earthquakes. The Texas General Land Office and the Texas Oil and Gas Association sued to block the ban.
(AP file photo)

Judge demands explanation for three-decade delay on energy lease

A frustrated U.S. District Judge Richard Leon called the delay “troubling” and a “nightmare” during a recent court hearing.
A drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pennsylvania wants record fine against Texas drilling firm

A state department says methane was detected in private water supplies and a stream following drilling and hydraulic fracturing at a Lycoming County site in 2011. It cited the company in 2013 and again in May for failing to repair the well and devise a remediation plan.