In this July 6, 2013, photo, smoke rises from railway cars from now defunct Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways company that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Final approval of oil train settlement is delayed

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PORTLAND, Maine — Final confirmation of a $338 million settlement for victims of an oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec was delayed Thursday to give the lone party that opposes the plan additional time to reach an agreement on terms to join the settlement or withdraw its objection.
A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)

Exxon Mobil’s Torrance refinery may not ramp up until 2016

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The extended delay could leave the refinery operating an no more than 20 percent capacity for a full 12 months after the facility was damaged in an explosion on Feb. 18. The primary piece taken out of commission was the electrostatic precipitator, or ESP, which is a large emission-controlling device.
In this July 6, 2013, photo, smoke rises from railway cars from now defunct Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways company that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Judge poised to sign off on oil train disaster settlement

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A $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is poised for final approval, but payments could be held up by a legal challenge from one of that country’s largest railways
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In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, two cleanup crew members work to remove oil from the sand along a portion of soiled coastline. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

New pipeline safety rule pending after increase in accidents

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The Senate Commerce Committee hearing at Montana State University, Billings will examine pipeline safety inspections amid a boom in U.S. energy production that’s led to a rise in oil pipeline accidents after years of declines.
A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)

Exxon Mobil California refinery faces more delays after acid leak

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Democratic California congressional members Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters wrote to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Wednesday asking for the Sept. 6 acid leak to be included into the broader investigation of Exxon Mobil’s operations as the refinery.
Flames shoot up from a rapidly spreading wildfire south of Linden, Texas. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/ The Texarkana Gazette, Adam Sacasa)

Valley fire consumes five Calpine power plant towers

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The wildfire has taken out several of the 14 geothermal power plants in The Geysers, said Calpine spokesman Brett Kerr, but some of the remaining plants are still contributing electricity to the northern California region.
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Statoil fined for Ohio fracking well fire

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say the fines are being assessed for the loss of aquatic species, spill cleanup and water quality violations from the well pad fire in June 2014.
A group of men have an early breakfast at Rosita's Restaurant in Carrizo Springs.  The small south Texas town bustles around 4 a.m. with area oil related workers. Dimmit County Regional Hospital has seen a dramatic increase in trauma cases directly associated from the oil and gas industry in the Eagle Ford Shale.  Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express News)

Feds to launch sweeping oil patch safety study

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The three-year study will “determine on-duty and off-duty factors that contribute to motor vehicle crashes, injuries and illness” among oil and gas extraction workers.
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Regulators find Plains All American kept shoddy records

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Federal regulators say the pipeline company responsible for a Central California oil spill kept shoddy records on emergency training and how it would protect pristine coastline in the event of an accident.
This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of a Tesoro Corp. pipeline break that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil into a Tioga, N.D., wheat field. Cleanup is being hampered by a lack of natural gas needed to power special equipment that cooks hydrocarbons from crude-soaked soil, a state regulator said Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)

North Dakota oil spill cleanup slowed by lack of natural gas

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Crews have been working around-the-clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil into a Tioga wheat field two years ago this month.