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oil tanker that spilled 450,000 gallons into intracoastal waterway in January 2010 (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Death toll of Brazilian oil ship explosion rises to 5

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According to the Unified Oil Workers Federation, Brazil’s biggest oil industry union, the blast was caused by a gas leak in the vessel’s engine room.
Workers walk by the two amylene treaters (dark gray) and the demethanizer tower (right) as construction continues at the Anadarko Brasada Gas Plant in La Salle County south of Cotulla in March 2013.  (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

1,100 natural gas utility workers on Long Island eye walkout

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A union spokesman says Thursday that contract talks are ongoing with National Grid in an effort to avoid a walkout.
Henderson Rengifo, president of the Interethnic Association for Development of the Peruvian Jungle participates in a press conference in Lima on Feb. 5 concerning protests against Pluspetrol Oil Co. (AFP PHOTO/CRIS BOURONCLECRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images

Peru anti-oil protest leaves 1 dead, 22 wounded

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Protesters were repelled after entering part of a military base used by the Argentina company Pluspetrol in the Junin state town of Pichanaki.
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Oil ship explosion in Brazil kills three, union says

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The Unified Oilworkers Federation said in a statement on its website that the blast was caused by a gas leak in the engine room of the vessel.
(AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, S.A. Sonsthagen)

Oil drilling banned in Arctic area that attracts walrus

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“This administration has effectively declared war on Alaska,” U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.
Gov. Tom Wolf speaks to members of the media after he signed an executive order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia. The executive order ends a short-lived effort by his predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep below Pennsylvania's state parks and forests. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania governor to unveil natural gas severance tax proposal

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Gov. Tom Wolf pledged during his campaign for governor to impose a 5 percent severance to help wipe out cuts in public school aid under his predecessor, Republican Tom Corbett.
Fourth-generation farmer Mike Hopkins, of Palla Farms, poses for photos at his almond orchard Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Bakersfield, Calif. Hopkins says damage from the oil-field injection into the aquifer forced him to pull up his cherry trees in 2013, and has filed suit blaming the oil companies whose fracking wells and other oil and gas installations ring his orchards. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

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An Associated Press analysis found hundreds of the now-challenged state permits for oil-field injection into protected aquifers have been granted since 2011.
(AP file Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Global agency sees oil price recovery but no return to highs

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The U.S. benchmark oil contract fell from nearly $110 a barrel last summer to under $45 this year before a recovery to around $53 in recent days.
(AP Photo/Xinhua, Jin Liangkuai)

China finds sizable natural gas field in South China Sea

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The Lingshui 17-2 gas field was discovered 150 kilometers south of China’s southernmost island of Hainan, and the Ministry of Land and Resources has approved it as a large-scale find.
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

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State regulators said Monday that they have notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of their plan for bringing the state back into compliance with federal safe-drinking water laws.