State Highway 302 is shown in Mentone, Texas, in 2007.  A nearby explosion on Wednesday killed at least two workers who were changing a wellhead.  (AP Photo/Alicia A. Caldwell)

2 killed, 9 hurt in Texas oil field explosion

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The explosion was 60 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M.
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An oil well in North Dakota.  AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIERKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Worker deaths surged in oil boom state, AFL-CIO says

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The 2012 rate is a dramatic increase from the 7 deaths per 100,000 workers recorded in 2007 before the state’s oil and economic boom took off.

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Several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil in flames after derailing in downtown Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/City of Lynchburg, LuAnn Hunt)

Authorities assessing spill size at site of oil train fire (photos)

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Several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed in downtown and caught fire along the James River in Lynchburg, Va., leading to the evacuation of nearby buildings, but no injuries, city officials said.
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Oily mist sprayed over 27 acres at Prudhoe Bay

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State officials say an oily mist was sprayed over 27 acres of snow-covered tundra on the North Slope because of a pipeline failure.
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Small fire burns at Wyoming gas plant after blast

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A small fire burned at a western Wyoming natural gas processing plant Monday, five days after an explosion forced the evacuation of a nearby town and shut down the facility.
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Justice Dept.: Shielding Transocean docs could threaten Gulf spill report

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A U.S. attorney on Monday urged a federal appeals court to reject Transocean’s challenge to subpoenas for documents linked to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, arguing they are pivotal for a regulatory report on the disaster due in June.
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Feds cites Chevron for explosion that killed woman

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Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery has been fined $24,000 related to the November explosion and fire that left one employee dead, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Officials gather at the site of an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Opal, Wyo.   (Rachel Anderson/AP)

Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

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There’s no estimate of when residents will be allowed to go home because it’s not known how long it will take for all the gas in the plant to burn off, a county spokesman said.
Officials gather at the site of an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Opal, Wyo.   (Rachel Anderson/AP)

Small Wyoming town evacuated after natural gas explosion

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A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.
A man stands on the scene after a rig carrying diesel fuel was involved in a crash on Route 18 in Washington, Pa., Monday, April 21, 2014. The intersection was shut down after the crash involving a tractor trailer carrying diesel fuel and two trucks carrying water for natural gas drilling operations. (AP Photo/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Darrell Sapp)

Shale gas trucks crash in Pennsylvania

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A western Pennsylvania intersection was shut down after crash involving a tractor trailer carrying diesel fuel and two trucks carrying water for natural gas drilling operations.