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Oxfam activists dressed as corporate lobbyists of fossil fuel companies stage a demonstration ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on October 23, 2014 (AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal

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Poland says that EU’s proposed pace for increasing reliance on renewable energy sources is too fast for Eastern European countries that are trying to grow their economies as they restructure old, energy-dependent industries.
(Ryan Remiorz, The Canadian Press)

US tribes testify against Canada pipeline

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Kinder Morgan Canada has proposed a $5.4 billion expansion of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which links oil from Alberta’s tar sands to the Vancouver, British Columbia-area.
(Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

New Mexico audit finds $3 million in uncollected Apache royalties

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Land Commissioner Ray Powell says the assessment of Apache Corp.’s production in Lea County turned up royalties going back to January 2009.
Patrick Pouyanne at the Intercontinental Hotel  in Houston. (Sharon Steinmann / Chronicle )

Total acts swiftly to replace CEO killed in crash

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Barely 36 hours after de Margerie’s death, Total’s board chose its new leader at a board meeting Wednesday.
Nelson Bunker Hunt (left) chuckles after being found innocent along with his brother Wililam Herbert Hunt (right).  (AP Wire photo)

Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dies at 88

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Hunt died Tuesday at a Dallas assisted-living center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his brother, W. Herbert Hunt, said.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Pennsylvania township moves to ban drilling near homes

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Some residents have voiced concerns about possible pollution from the drilling and have said they object to the proximity of the Krendale wells to homes, businesses and schools.
(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells

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Two residents who had monitors on their property complained about noise and unpleasant odors wafting onto their property during drilling.
TOTAL S. A. CEO Christophe de Margerie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Total CEO dies in plane crash

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Christophe de Margerie and three others died in Moscow when the CEO’s private jet collided with a snowplow who’s driver was drunk, Russian investigators said.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Supreme Court denies Louisiana lawsuits against BP

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The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from 11 Louisiana parishes that wanted to revive their lawsuits over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
( Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Louisiana utility company to be bought for $3.4 billion

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Investors led by Australia’s Macquarie Group Ltd. agreed to buy Louisiana utility Cleco Corp. for $3.4 billion in cash, attracted by the steady, long-term returns of regulated power assets.