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Tom Haag checks the progress of this years corn crop which he expects to do well if we avoid September freezes, August 15, 2013, in Eden Valley, Minn. Haag, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association travelled to China with Governor Dayton last year and expects Chinese imports of U.S. grain to increase as more Chinese gain a higher standard of living. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

EPA to hear testimony from hundreds on renewable fuels plan

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The 2007 renewable fuels law was intended to address global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster the rural economy by requiring a steady increase in the overall amount of renewable fuels such as ethanol blended into gasoline over time.
FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, a worker removes oil from sand at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. An underground pipe, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spewed oil down a culvert and into the Pacific on May 19 before it was shut off. Democratic U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein say the response to the oil spill that blackened beaches and created a 10-square-mile slick on the ocean was "insufficient." and called on federal regulators to provide more details on the activities and decisions by Plains. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Pipeline firm couldn’t reach staff at California spill site

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Plains All American workers at the site near Santa Barbara were contending with “immediate demands and distractions” and couldn’t be reached by Plains personnel based in Bakersfield, documents said. One of the workers, along with firefighters, used shovels to try to construct a makeshift berm to slow the oil’s spread.
An Exterran Partners midstream compressor. (Exterran)

Exterran closing Louisiana plant, laying off 76

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Chris Michel, senior vice president for global human resources at corporate parent Exterran Holdings Inc., wrote state officials that the Broussard plant will remain open at least until either November or December, when the second round of layoffs is expected.
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Seeking more information, judge stays federal oil, gas rules

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The stay issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl means new rules for the practice of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands now won’t take effect until at least mid-August.
(Photo: Aine D/Flickr)

Home efficiency upgrades don’t pay, study says

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Energy efficiency experts who were shown the study say the authors’ broad conclusions about energy efficiency in general aren’t justified after a study of a single program in a single state focused only on low-income households.
The Trans-Alaska pipeline snakes its way to the North Slope next to the Dalton Highway north of Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP file photo/Al Grillo)

Repair planned for small leak in trans-Alaska pipeline

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Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is working on a repair for a small crude oil leak found in a buried section of the trans-Alaska pipeline, but for now an employee is tending to the leak with a rag.
Gregory Ebel, President and CEO of Spectra Energy, talks about the Texas Eastern Transmission which has 9,200 miles of pipeline connecting the Gulf Coast to Northeast United States on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Houston.  Gregory Ebel, President and CEO of Spectra Energy, is featured in a Business Q&A  ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Houston operator of ruptured gas pipeline fined in 2011 inspection

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Spectra Energy was cited during the 2011 inspection for three violations, including failure to inspect sections of pipe for corrosion, and was required to pay a civil penalty of $134,500, according to reports by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Wyoming judge to hear challenge to federal fracking rules

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Four states and two petroleum industry groups are suing the U.S. Interior Department, saying the rules announced in March are unnecessarily burdensome for oil and gas developers.
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Dutch government cuts gas drilling in quake-hit region

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Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp announced Tuesday that production in the Groningen region this year will be brought back to 39.24 billion cubic yards of gas from the previously announced maximum of 51.53 billion cubic yards.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

White House report says action on climate change could save thousands of lives

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The report comes as Republicans in Congress seek to undo the administration’s environmental policies, including an expected plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to target coal-fired power plants, and days after Pope Francis issued a dire warning about global warming’s consequences, especially for the poor and under-developed nations.