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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, leads a hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline, in Washington, Jan. 8, 2015. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)

Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the panel, championed the plan to lift the restrictions. It passed by a party-line vote of 12-10.
An activist hangs from the St. Johns bridge in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to protest  the departure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica, which is in Portland for repairs.  The icebreaker is a vital part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast.  Greenpeace officials say  the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Activists rappel off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker

The Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica arrived in Portland for repairs last week. The vessel was damaged earlier this month in the Aleutian Islands when it struck an underwater obstruction, tearing a gash in its hull.
(Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

Group set to sue U.S. agency over pipeline safety plans

Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required “intent to sue” notice through certified mail, giving officials 60 days to issue regulations or face a federal lawsuit.

2 injection wells shut down after Oklahoma quakes

In all, more than 15 temblors of magnitude 2.0 or stronger were reported Monday by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. An additional nine quakes ranging from 2.2 to 4.1 were recorded through early Tuesday evening.
Categories: Environment
TO GO WITH AFP STORY "CHILE-COPPER-CHINA" A couple of gigantic Komatsu 930, 330 metric-tonne lorries arrive with their load at the Chuquicamata copper mine, in the desert town of Calama, 1,000 kms north of Santiago, Chile, 25 October 2005. Chuquicamata, the world biggest opencast mine, is 4.3 kilometers long, 3 kms wide and 825 meters deep. As all the other mining enterprises in Chile, it was nationalized in 1971 by late Chilean President Salvador Allende. AFP PHOTO MARTIN BERNETTI  (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Freeport-McCoRan launches business review to cut costs

The Phoenix company plans to complete the review and report on revised plans during the third quarter. It will look for ways to cut capital spending and operating and administrative costs.
A Chinese man holds up oil residue found in his shrimp farm in the coastal Leting county in the Bohai Bay near northern China's Hebei province. China's oceanic agency has ordered ConocoPhillips China to do more to prevent and clean up offshore spills that occurred June 4 and June 17, 2011 in the Bohai Bay that have raised an outcry among fishermen and environmentalists. (AP Photo)

China accepts group’s case against ConocoPhillips, CNOOC

In June 2011, oil spills from an oilfield jointly owned by Houston-based ConocoPhillips’ Chinese subsidiary and CNOOC, China’s main offshore oil and gas producer, drained into the Bohai Sea and its bay.
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Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier says all of the payments to local governments must be made within 30 days.
This  April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific.  (Daniella Beccaria/ via AP, File)

Damaged Shell icebreaker arrives in Oregon for repairs

Environmental activists in Portland are protesting the arrival of the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project after it’s repaired.

BP asks Montana judge to dismiss lawsuit alleging deceit

Attorneys for BP asked a Montana judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit by the state alleging the oil giant has deliberately concealed information for decades.
Categories: Crude oil, Legal issues
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Bankrupt oil company wants payments back

The city of Homer is filing a response to a request from an oil company seeking the return of thousands of dollars in previous payments to businesses.