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Mexico’s ruling party backs energy reform

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Nearly 5,000 members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party unanimously at their national convention to remove language in the party’s platform that for years had opposed injecting private money in Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.
Protesters rally against hydrofracking as the legislative session winds down at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., in June 2012.  A coalition of 100 environmental, health and community groups called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject any demonstration project for shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Gov. Cuomo held up on fracking in NY to await health study

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came as close as he ever has to approving fracking last month, laying out a limited drilling plan for as many as 40 gas wells before changing course to await the findings of a new study after discussions with environmentalist and former brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy Jr., several people familiar with his thinking told The Associated Press.
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North Sea platform leak sparks evacuation

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The TAQA oil company says dozens of workers have been evacuated from a North Sea oil platform after a hydrocarbon leak was detected.
Categories: Crude oil, General, Offshore
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LNG facility planned at Baton Rouge port

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Houston-based Waller Marine wants to have the LNG facility operational within the next year and a half.

Categories: LNG, Natural gas
A polar bear in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (AP file photo/Subhankar Banerjee)

Lawsuit challenges Alaska petroleum reserve access

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An Army Corps of Engineers permit granting ConocoPhillips access to leases within the National Petroleum Reserve- Alaska has been challenged in federal court by seven residents of Nuiqsut, the only village within the reserve.
Categories: Crude oil
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W.Va. House approves steeper pipeline safety fines

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Fines would soar for safety violations involving nearly three-fourths of West Virginia’s natural gas pipelines under legislation approved 91-7 Thursday by the House of Delegates.
Categories: Pipelines
Sunset at the Grand Canyon, seen from Yavapai Point ((Photo: Tobias Alt)

Judge to hear suit over Grand Canyon mining ban

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A federal judge in Phoenix will hear arguments Friday on a request to overturn the uranium mining ban on 1 million acres near Grand Canyon National Park.
Categories: Nuclear
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Oil-rich ND ‘well-positioned’ for federal cuts

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Oil-rich North Dakota is well positioned to weather automatic federal spending cuts if it is forced to do so, the state’s top budget official said.
Categories: General
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Feds charge 15 with scamming BP oil spill fund

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Fifteen people were charged Thursday with felony fraud for allegedly filing bogus claims for help after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Oil ends lower as commodities retreat

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Benchmark crude fell 71 cents to $92.05.
Categories: Crude oil