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Oil slump threatens easy life of affluent Norwegians

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After a decade of an oil-and-gas boom, plunging energy prices are shaking Norwegians out of a Utopian reverie that guaranteed workers lengthy summer vacations, generous health and social benefits, and allowed them to leave work at 4 p.m. and even earlier on Fridays.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Alternate routes proposed for Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia

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Dominion Resources spokesman Jim Norvelle tells media outlets that one alternate route would cross about 10 fewer bodies of water in Augusta and Nelson counties than the current proposed route.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

Agency to vote on reducing California gas tax by 7.5 cents

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The agency’s staff is recommending reducing the excise tax rate from 18 cents to 10.5 cents.
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Colorado oil, gas debate resumes as task force finishes up

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The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate drilling.
(AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

Virginia fines CSX $361,000 for Lynchburg derailment in 2014

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The April 30 derailment saw 17 tankers derail, with three going into the James. The state Department of Environmental Quality said one tanker breached, with 98 percent of the oil consumed by fire.
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)

Canada: Oil train accident shows new safety rules inadequate

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The Transportation Safety Board said Monday the Class 111 tank cars involved in the Feb. 14 CN train derailment met the upgraded standards for new tank cars carrying crude and other flammable liquids.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Chevron pulls out of shale gas exploration in Romania

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The company began drilling for shale gas at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, a project that drew protests. It is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.
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Derailed oil tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. A CSX train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

Texas reconsiders and will disclose oil train records

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It was not immediately clear Monday morning how quickly Texas officials will produce the records.
(Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Steelworkers picket outside two Louisiana refineries

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NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that strikers marched Sunday outside the Motiva plants in Norco and Convent.
Derailed oil tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. A CSX train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

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The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…