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In this photo provided by the Uintah County Sheriff’s Department, a well site for crude oil is shown a day after an explosion late Tuesday, May 7, 2013 near Myton, Utah. A welder using his torch on a storage tank or a valve died in the explosion, and a well pumper was taken to a hospital with injuries, authorities said. (AP Photo/Uintah County Sheriff’s Department)

Fatal oil-tank blast in Utah tied to welding

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A welder died after sparking an explosion while using his torch on a crude oil storage tank at an eastern Utah well site, the state’s largest oil producer told regulators.
Categories: Accidents
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pa. proposes gas drilling health advisory panel

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A Pennsylvania politician wants to create an advisory panel to examine possible health issues related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.
View of a drilling rig exploring for shale gas in the eastern Polish village of Grzebowilk on April 27, 2011. Initial estimates suggest Poland has huge reserves of shale gas and authorities in Warsaw hope development of the sector could boost national energy security. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s shale gas hopes suffer blow

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News that Talisman Energy Inc. is pulling out of exploration for shale gas in Poland is a blow to the country’s hopes that its deposits of the hydrocarbon will soon cut its dependence on Russian supplies and support the weakening economy.
Categories: Shale
Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

BLM postpones oil, gas lease auctions in Calif.

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Federal land managers have cited the toll of environmental litigation — as well as budget problems and low staffing — in postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October.
Categories: Deals
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Anti-fracking amendment rejected in NE Ohio city

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Voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in a northeast Ohio city where disposal of wastewater from the drilling method led to earthquakes and alleged groundwater contamination.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Government postpones oil, gas lease auctions in California

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The decision came after a federal judge ruled last month that BLM had violated a key environmental law.
Categories: Environment, Exploration
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Judge asks environmentalists for ideas to punish company

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U.S. District Judge William Smith said that the high court’s decision means he is limited to fining Southern Union Co. $500,000 or the equivalent in community service
Categories: Environment, Natural gas
(Image: Fotolia)

Pentagon: Chinese government waging cyberattacks

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The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing’s government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.
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BP to exit Brazil’s Polvo oil field

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Oil company BP says it is selling its majority stake in Brazil’s Polvo oil field for $135 million in cash to HRT Oil & Gas.
Categories: Crude oil
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Anti-fracking amendment on ballot in NE Ohio city

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Voters are weighing a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in a northeast Ohio city where disposal of wastewater from the drilling method led to earthquakes and alleged groundwater contamination.