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Japan vows to tighten nuke safety after accident

Japan pledged better safety practices for its troubled nuclear industry Tuesday after an accident at a government research facility that exposed 33 people to minor excess radiation and had not been immediately disclosed.
Categories: Nuclear
Current, as GE calls the new business, will increase annual sales to about $5 billion in five years from its start at $1 billion. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)

Industry giant GE aims to improve fracturing

One of America’s corporate giants is investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling, or fracturing.
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Oil falls below $94 a barrel on US holiday

Markets will also be watching Friday’s meeting at its Vienna headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil ends week down 2 percent on tepid demand outlook

The price of oil was knocked lower Friday by a combination of ample supplies and lukewarm demand.
Categories: Crude oil
(AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Tow vessel fuel problems preceded Shell grounding

Testimony in the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island focused Thursday on why its towing vessel unexpectedly lost power in stormy conditions in the Gulf of Alaska.
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

US lauds India for reducing Iranian oil imports

A senior American official on Friday praised India for reducing oil imports from Iran and said the U.S. government will decide soon on New Delhi’s request to renew a waiver from sanctions on Tehran.
Categories: Crude oil

Oil leasing dispute heads to federal court

A dispute over greenhouse gases from oil and gas drilling will head to federal court in Montana as attorneys for the government and the industry face off against environmentalists who say too little is being done to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.
Categories: Legal issues
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

Pipeline work can continue at state natural area

Tennessee environmental officials have given Piedmont Natural Gas permission to resume drilling on a Nashville pipeline project.
Categories: Pipelines
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Exxon Mobil sets record low in gay-rights ranking

In the latest attempt to pressure Exxon Mobil Corp. into change, a gay-rights group called Freedom to Work teamed with a high-powered Washington law firm to file what they described as a groundbreaking discrimination complaint against the oil behemoth in Illinois.
This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island  Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Rig manager testifies in Shell barge grounding

After drifting toward shore on a floating drill rig tilted by 30-foot swells and 45-knot winds, then riding a basket up to a hovering Coast Guard helicopter, Todd Case said he would revise the towing plan for the vessel on a winter trip across the Gulf of Alaska.
Categories: Accidents, Arctic, Offshore