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Federal rules, more than prices, threaten North Dakota’s oil output, industry official says

North Dakota Petroleum Council Vice President Kari Cutting told an interim legislative committee on Wednesday that the new rules range from changes in air quality standards to additional animals being listed as endangered species.
Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.

Tulsa oil company to discuss earthquake response with Oklahoma regulators

The Oklahoman reports Marjo Operating Co. Inc. and staff for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission agreed during a hearing Tuesday to meet by Oct. 27 to discuss a dispute over reduced disposal well volumes.
Toyota hybrid gas-electric automobiles are on display at a dealership in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Toyota aims to nearly eliminate gasoline cars by 2050

Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions.
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Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania combine efforts on gas drilling

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the three states have had 85 percent of the increase in U.S. natural gas production since January 2012.
A  2010 file photo shows a sign at a BP  station in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

BP to reimburse Louisiana $58.2 million for legal fees, other costs

The Advocate reports the money was included in BP’s record settlement of more than $20 billion finalized last week between the federal government and five Gulf Coast states involved in the sprawling litigation.
(Left to right) European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  (Joe Klamar/Pool Photo via AP)

Iran lawmakers vote to implement nuclear deal

Iran’s parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out.
China National Petroleum Co. (Photo: Flickr)

China jails former oil executive for 20 years for corruption

A Chinese court has sentenced a former senior executive of a state oil company to 20 years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption.
FILE-This aerial Feb. 17, 2015 file photo photo made available by the Office of the Governor of West Virginia shows a derailed train in Mount Carbon, WVa. As investigators in West Virginia and Ontario pick through the wreckage from the latest pair of oil train derailments to result in massive fires, U.S. transportation officials predict many more catastrophic wrecks involving flammable fuels in coming years absent new regulations. (AP Photo/ Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch,File)

Broken rail caused West Virginia train derailment, officials say

The Federal Railroad Administration said the broken rail resulted from a crack that had expanded. The problem was missed by CSX Corp. and a contractor on inspections in December 2014 and last January, said Sarah Feinberg, the FRA’s acting chief.
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)

$338 million fund in deadly oil train derailment close to approval

Barring any surprises, the timeline would allow payments to be made to victims of the disaster by year’s end, said Robert Keach, the bankruptcy trustee. About $83 million is being set aside to settle wrongful death claims.
Update: Investigators looking into Cuero pipeline explosion

3 workers missing after explosion at gas facility in Louisiana

Williams Partners said an explosion and fire erupted at about 11 a.m. Thursday and injured four contractors who were doing maintenance at the facility at the time of the explosion.