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Judge weighs whether environmentalists can join Exxon case

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The latest in the 11-year-old case between the Department of Environmental Protection and the petroleum company came Friday when Judge Michael Hogan heard roughly two hours of arguments from a coalition of seven environmental groups and state Sen. Raymond Lesniak on why they should be granted status as parties to the suit.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

California beach to reopen 2 months after oil spill

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State Parks officials have cleared Refugio State Beach west of Santa Barbara to reopen July 17. Crews still need to finish scraping oil off cobblestones before the public can use the beach next week.
Workers tend to a wellhead during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas well outside Rifle, in western Colorado.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Most of California’s fracking waste left in unlined pits, study finds

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The California Council on Science and Technology study presents a cautious assessment of fracking in the state. And it’s not likely to defuse the political fight over fracking, with both the oil industry and its opponents on Thursday claiming vindication in its findings.
In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New Orleans accepts $45 million from BP in oil spill settlement

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office announced in a news release Thursday the money will be used for “resilience initiatives, including water management and coastal and ecosystem restoration.”
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Gasoline below $2 could return this fall if crude prices continue dropping

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Gasoline prices in the U.S. will likely slide somewhat from a national average of $2.77 over the next few weeks. Experts then expect a substantial decline in late summer and fall, pushing average gasoline prices in some low-price states below $2 a gallon again.
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Retail gasoline prices across Texas up a penny this week

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Dallas has the most expensive gasoline statewide at an average $2.67 per gallon. The travel group survey found Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at $2.48 per gallon.
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Feds propose more safety valves for gas lines

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An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been prevented or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place.
Low clouds blanket Anchorage, Alaska, east of downtown, on Friday morning, December 7, 2012. An optical illusion known as Fata Morgana distorts the view of the mountains west of Cook Inlet. Alternating warm and cold layers of air bend light to create the effect. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)

Hilcorp acquires Exxon Mobil subsidiary’s Alaska assets

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The new deal is part of Hilcorp’s expansion in the state. The company arrived four years ago and has since become a major player in oil and gas in Cook Inlet and the North Slope.
A 7-megawatt wind turbine, a pilot project led by Marubeni Corp. and funded by the Japanese government, stands at a port in Onahama, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Monday, June 22, 2015. The new turbine will join a smaller 2-megawatt model, which has been generating power at the project about 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima since November 2013. Photographer: Noriyuki Aida/Bloomberg

Foundations for first U.S. offshore wind farm head for Rhode Island

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Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, with the ability to power 17,000 homes as early as next year.
An Iranian man walks past a mural displaying the Iranian map adorned in the colours of the country's national flag, on June 29, 2015 in Tehran. Despite agreeing the outlines of a nuclear agreement on April 2, the final talks between Iran and six powers led by the United States on turning it into a binding accord have hit difficulties on reaching a deal which would lift sanctions, paving the way for foreign investment to flow back, in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks

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Speaking to reporters in Vienna, where diplomats are trying to clinch a comprehensive nuclear pact, a senior Iranian negotiator said the U.N. nuclear agency’s standard rules governing access to government information, sites of interest and scientists should be sufficient to ensure that Iran’s program is solely for peaceful purposes.