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Fire after a pipeline explosion in rural DeWitt County, Texas, illuminates the horizon Sunday, June 14, 2015. Authorities said no one was injured after a natural gas pipeline rupture sparked a massive fire that prompted home evacuations in South Texas. (Richard Hoang/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

Evacuations but no injuries after pipeline ruptures in Texas

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DeWitt County Emergency Operations Center spokeswoman Peggy Fonseca says an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline ruptured near Lindenau around 8 p.m. Sunday.
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake Energy seeks dismissal of nonprofits’ lawsuit

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Chesapeake Energy is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit that alleges it took oil and gas from a property without a lease agreement with the owners.
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Colorado energy companies take trespassing claims to court

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Encana Corp. has sued WPX Energy, saying WPX knowingly drilled a well that passed horizontally through Encana’s mineral estate in the Parachute Creek area without getting Encana’s permission.
Oil swirls in a small eddy in a back channel of the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., in 2011.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,File)

U.S. says Exxon Mobil must pay $1 million for Montana spill

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Safety regulators said Exxon Mobil failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20-year-old Silvertip Pipeline was at risk from flooding.
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Texas regulators say disposal wells didn’t cause 4.0 quake

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The Texas Railroad Commission said it reached that conclusion after testing five disposal wells in Johnson County.
Memers of theOrganization of the Petroleum States meet In November 2014 at OPEC headquarters in Vienna. AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANISAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images

Indonesia to rejoin OPEC in move to secure oil supplies

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The Southeast Asian country left the group in 2008 after nearly five decades of being the only Asian member amid declining oil reserves and investment
In this June 10, 2015 photo, Dr. Anne Sheehan, Professor of Geological Sciences and Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences opens a compartment in a weatherproof digital recorder, part of her kit of solar-powered seismometers, used to measure earthquakes, including those caused by injection wells at petroleum extraction sites, at CU Boulder, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Earthquakes near Colorado wastewater well decrease

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DENVER — The ground around a northern Colorado wastewater injection well has been relatively quiet for more than two months, offering hope that a 10-month string of more than 200 small earthquakes might have subsided.
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Natural gas firm asked to show it’s not causing Texas quakes

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A natural gas extraction company controlled by energy giant Exxon Mobil sought to prove Wednesday that it is not to blame for a recent rash of small earthquakes in North Texas, telling a powerful state agency that it believes the earthquakes occurred naturally.
This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday.   (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

UPDATED: California oil spill cleanup costs $62 million

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Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete, Plains All American Pipeline’s on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press.
A crew makes its way to the shore from the site of the wrecked barge that leaked fuel into the Houston Ship Channel, Saturday, just off of the Texas City dike Monday, March 24, 2014, in Texas City.  ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle  )

Feds blame 2014 Houston Ship Channel collision, spill on tugboat

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The National Transportation Safety Board also said in its report that the failure of a ship channel navigator and the Summer Wind master to set a safe speed in the fog-shrouded channel contributed to the accident.