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Local leaders supporting militants attacking Nigerian oil production

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Community leaders and activists in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta voiced support for a new group of violent militants, saying their demands for a greater share of oil wealth match the aspirations of local people. At a stakeholders’ meeting held Thursday in the ...

Kinder Morgan withdraws application for Northeast pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Houston-based Kinder Morgan has withdrawn its application for a federal permit to build a $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline and a network of compressor stations. The 420-mile Northeast Energy Direct pipeline was intended to send natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields ...

Site launched to help laid-off energy workers in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La.  — An effort is underway in the Bayou Region of Louisiana to help workers affected by oil and gas industry downsizing to find training options and new jobs in south Louisiana. BayouOpportunity.com, a new website, will serve as a gateway to employment opportunities. A news release sa ...

Fracking approved in England

LONDON — A council has granted the first fracking license to be issued in England for five years, but environmental groups are vowing to fight on against the use of the technology. Fracking was approved near the village of Kirby Misperton, 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of London, despite oppositi ...

Spill dumps 120,000 gallons in North Dakota

Crews in North Dakota excavated pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank, the state Health Department said Friday. The spill happened Wednesday morning near Marmarth in southwestern North Dakota at a site operated by Plano, Texas-based Denbury ...

Fire cuts production at NRG solar power plant

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A small fire shut down a generating tower at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Iv ...

Midwest pipeline construction begins

ABERDEEN, S.D.  — Construction is underway in three of four states on a $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from western North Dakota to Illinois. Work on the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois, spokeswoman Lisa Dillinger told the American News.  The 1, ...

Feds fault Plains All American for California spill

LOS ANGELES — An Houston pipeline company responsible for a massive spill on the California coast a year ago didn’t do enough to prevent corrosion and its operators didn’t detect and react to the spill quickly enough, federal regulators said Thursday. Plains All American Pipeline also di ...

Iowa regulators take time on Texas firm’s pipeline plan

DES MOINES, Iowa  — Iowa utilities regulators have declined to act quickly on a request to allow a Texas company to begin construction on an oil pipeline across Iowa. Dakota Access had asked the Iowa Utilities Board to start Tuesday on the 1,150-mile pipeline that will carry a half-million barrels o ...

Militant attacks drive Nigerian oil production to new lows

LAGOS, Nigeria  — Militant attacks on oil installations and a threatened nationwide strike are driving Nigeria’s petroleum production and its naira currency to new lows. Angola has become Africa’s biggest oil producer as Nigeria’s output slumped to 1.4 million barrels a day, Oil Mi ...

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