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Two small spills from Dakota Access pipeline reported

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents in March — the second and third known leaks discovered as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation. Two barrels, or 84 gallons (320 liters), sp ...

Oil spill reported in Alaska, volume unknown

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A subsidiary of BP is reporting a crude oil spill on Alaska’s North Slope. BP Exploration Alaska Inc. told state regulators Friday that oil is spraying from a well onto a pad and possibly onto the snow-covered tundra. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the s ...

Hilcorp plugs pipeline leak in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Divers have placed a clamp over a hole in an underwater Alaska pipeline, stopping the flow of millions of cubic feet of natural gas into Cook Inlet, home to endangered beluga whales. Hilcorp Alaska LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp, announced Friday that divers Thursday ...

EPA chief tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’

SYCAMORE, Pa. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the A ...

Investment in renewable energy dips globally as prices fall

BERLIN — Global investments in renewable energy fell by almost a quarter in 2016 amid a drop in prices and lower spending in some markets, according to a U.N.-backed report published Thursday. Overall investments reached $241.6 billion last year, down from $312.2 billion in 2015, said the United Nat ...

Trump to approve Keystone XL pipeline, senior officials say

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, after the State Department delivers a positive recommendation to start construction on a long-delayed project that has served as a flashpoint in the debate about climate change. Two se ...

Wood Group PSN to pay penalties in connection with fatal offshore platform fire

NEW ORLEANS  — An oil industry services company will pay $9.5 million in penalties for Gulf of Mexico safety violations and for pollution from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers. The penalties against Houston-based Wood Group PSN were announced Thursday by the U.S. Justice Depar ...

McDermott, Quanta, Helix report earnings

McDermott reports loss McDermott International Inc. has reported a loss of $476,000 in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Houston-based company said Tuesday it had a loss of less than 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 2 cents per share. The maker of offshore drillin ...

REFUGIO — A natural gas pipeline has exploded in South Texas, in a fiery display that lit up the sky and could be seen for miles. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley says the explosion occurred early Wednesday near Refugio (ray-FYOO’-ee-oh), a rural community north of Corpus ...

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