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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 ...

Oil bust leaves Texas, other states with massive well cleanup

BIGFOOT, Texas — The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards. As U.S. rig counts plunge to historic lows, and with ...

State wins tax ruling on energy equipment, saving billions

AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court rejected an energy company’s request for a sales tax refund on Friday, a seemingly small and esoteric decision that nonetheless saved the state from potentially having to underwrite billions of dollars in similar rebates. The court’s nine Republican ...

ExxonMobil refinery evacuated in California as wildfire surges

GOLETA, Calif. — A wildfire spurred by strong canyon winds north of Santa Barbara has forced the evacuation of an ExxonMobil refinery. The blaze broke out about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Los Padres National Forest and by nightfall surged to 250 acres. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Refugio Cany ...

Fracking emissions greatest as gas starts to flow, study finds

DENVER — A study of air pollution from western Colorado fracking wells found the highest rate of emissions came just after fracking was completed. The research released Tuesday didn’t measure the effects on human health, but it will help state officials devise such a study later. Fracking, or ...

Supreme Court rejects request to block mercury rule

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from 20 states seeking to block a federal rule targeting mercury pollution from taking effect while the government revises the rule to account for compliance costs. The justices on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that said the ...

Nigerian militants claim blast of another oil pipeline

WARRI, Nigeria — Nigerian militants say they have blown up another crude pipeline owned by Italian oil company Agip. The Niger Delta Avengers announced the early-morning blast in Bayelsa state in a tweet Friday. The latest blast comes a few days after the militants rejected the government’s of ...

Plains All American Pipeline project gets OK in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved a short crude oil pipeline project in Mountrail County. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the 10-mile pipeline will be able to move up to 1 million gallons per day at full capacity. Cost is estimated at $9 million. Officials with Houston-ba ...

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