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Fracking approved in England

LONDON — A council has granted the first fracking license to be issued in England for five years, but environmental groups are vowing to fight on against the use of the technology. Fracking was approved near the village of Kirby Misperton, 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of London, despite oppositi ...

Spill dumps 120,000 gallons in North Dakota

Crews in North Dakota excavated pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank, the state Health Department said Friday. The spill happened Wednesday morning near Marmarth in southwestern North Dakota at a site operated by Plano, Texas-based Denbury ...

Fire cuts production at NRG solar power plant

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A small fire shut down a generating tower at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Iv ...

Midwest pipeline construction begins

ABERDEEN, S.D.  — Construction is underway in three of four states on a $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from western North Dakota to Illinois. Work on the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois, spokeswoman Lisa Dillinger told the American News.  The 1, ...

Feds fault Plains All American for California spill

LOS ANGELES — An Houston pipeline company responsible for a massive spill on the California coast a year ago didn’t do enough to prevent corrosion and its operators didn’t detect and react to the spill quickly enough, federal regulators said Thursday. Plains All American Pipeline also di ...

Iowa regulators take time on Texas firm’s pipeline plan

DES MOINES, Iowa  — Iowa utilities regulators have declined to act quickly on a request to allow a Texas company to begin construction on an oil pipeline across Iowa. Dakota Access had asked the Iowa Utilities Board to start Tuesday on the 1,150-mile pipeline that will carry a half-million barrels o ...

Militant attacks drive Nigerian oil production to new lows

LAGOS, Nigeria  — Militant attacks on oil installations and a threatened nationwide strike are driving Nigeria’s petroleum production and its naira currency to new lows. Angola has become Africa’s biggest oil producer as Nigeria’s output slumped to 1.4 million barrels a day, Oil Mi ...

Hundreds protest at refineries over climate change

SEATTLE  — Hundreds of people are gathering at the site of two oil refineries near Anacortes to call for action on climate change. The three-day event begins Friday and includes protesters in kayaks, community workshops and a three-mile march along the shores of Fidalgo Bay in front of the Tesoro an ...

Oil and gas industry sues over sage grouse drilling restrictions

BILLINGS, Mont.  — The oil and gas industry on Thursday challenged in federal court drilling restrictions imposed by the Obama administration to protect a struggling bird that ranges across 11 Western states. The Western Energy Alliance and North Dakota Petroleum Council said they would ask a U.S. D ...

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