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Cities turn to local action to block oil trains

This week the Spokane City Council decided 6-0 to ask voters in November whether the city should prohibit the shipment of crude oil or coal by rail. The ballot measure, if approved, would make rail shipments of crude oil or coal a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $261 per tank car. ...

Texas energy costs rank in middle among U.S. states, study finds

CLICK THROUGH THE GALLERY ABOVE TO SEE HOW OTHER STATES RANK. When it comes to energy costs, Texas is just average. That’s according to a study by WalletHub that looks at how much people in all 50 states spend on energy. Texas ranks No. 28 in energy costs. Texans pay on average $289 per month ...

Exxon refutes Nigerian militants’ claim of attack on pipeline

WARRI, Nigeria — Exxon Mobil Corp. is refuting claims by Nigerian oil militants that they have blown up an Exxon pipeline in Akwa Ibom state. The Niger Delta Avengers said on their website that they blew up the Qua Iboe crude oil export pipeline late Monday. But Exxon Mobil spokesman Todd Spitler sa ...

Settlement announced in Black Elk Energy trial

NEW ORLEANS — A complex trial combining 10 lawsuits arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform in November 2012 has ended with the announcement of a settlement. The accident off the Louisiana coast killed three workers and injured several others on a platform owned by Texas ...

TransCanada suing U.S. for $15B over Keystone rejection

LINCOLN, Neb. — The company that proposed the Keystone XL pipeline is seeking $15 billion in damages from the federal government after the Obama administration rejected the Canada-to-Texas project, a company spokesman said Monday. TransCanada Inc. filed a request for arbitration Friday under the Nor ...

Coal: Economic opportunity or environmental risk for poor neighborood?

OAKLAND, Calif.  — The promise of good, blue-collar jobs in a depressed area is running headlong into environmental sensitivities as officials in Northern California consider a plan to build a marine terminal that would serve as a gateway for Utah-mined coal heading to Asia. The terminal is in West ...

VENTURA, Calif. — Southern California authorities have revised the estimated size of a crude oil pipeline spill down to 29,400 gallons. The spill early Thursday in Ventura County was initially projected to be as much as 210,000 gallons. Ventura Fire Department spokeswoman Kelly Flanders says the oil ...

Trial opens in 2012 offshore fire, explosion on Black Elk platform

NEW ORLEANS  — Jury selection began Monday for what is expected to be a lengthy and complex trial arising from lawsuits over an offshore oil platform explosion and fire that killed three workers off Louisiana’s coast in November 2012. The case combines nine lawsuits involving platform owner Black El ...

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