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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)

XTO Energy asked to show it’s not causing Texas quakes

Texas officials remain unconvinced about direct links — even as neighboring Oklahoma embraced research showing wastewater wells were likely causing quakes in that state.
A crew makes its way to the shore from the site of the wrecked barge that leaked fuel into the Houston Ship Channel, Saturday, just off of the Texas City dike Monday, March 24, 2014, in Texas City.  ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle  )

Feds blame 2014 Houston Ship Channel collision, spill on tugboat

The National Transportation Safety Board also said in its report that the failure of a ship channel navigator and the Summer Wind master to set a safe speed in the fog-shrouded channel contributed to the accident.
Shirley Morrison, center, and other members of the Seattle Raging Grannies sing a song on May 12 opposing Shell Oil Company during a meeting in Seattle of the Port of Seattle Commission. Five members of the group were arrested Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

5 anti-Arctic drilling activists arrested at Seattle port

Seattle police arrested five members of a group called the Seattle Raging Grannies, who had chained themselves together in rocking chairs. The oldest of the five women was 92.
Categories: Arctic, Environment
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)

Oil train disaster settlement fund reaches $345 million

Much of downtown Lac Megantic was destroyed after the unattended Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train with 72 oil tankers derailed July 6, 2013, in Canada.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei (Bloomberg News/ILNA/document IRAN)

UN, Iran head for showdown over nuclear inspections

Tehran is now negotiating a deal with six world powers that puts long-term caps on its present nuclear activities. The International Atomic Energy Agency, led by Yukiya Amano, will monitor Iran’s compliance with the deal.
Deepwater Horizon

Midnight deadline approaches for oil spill settlement claims

Claims administrator Patrick Juneau says there has been an uptick in the number of filings as the deadline approached. He said claims centers in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas will be open until midnight to handle claims.
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Oil drilling in Montana taps out

Montana drilling has been very limited during the Bakken oil boom, but it’s been decades since the state was without a single drilling rig.
(Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Drilling tax hike proposed by Ohio gov. on rocks

A drilling tax increase proposed by Republican Gov. John Kasich isn’t likely to re-emerge in the Ohio Senate budget revisions due Monday.

Calif. oil regulator resigns

A top California oil and gas regulator has resigned amid questions about oilfield contamination of the state’s water supplies, officials confirmed Friday.
In this May 21, 2015 file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif..(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Pipeline firm said California oil spill ‘extremely unlikely’

Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.