In this May 21, 2015 file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif..(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Pipeline firm said California oil spill ‘extremely unlikely’

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Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.
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Demonstrators walk toward the Capitol during a rally to protest Minnesota's proposed Sandpiper pipeline, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. The protestors are calling for the cancellation of the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline that would travel near some of the state’s pristine waters. (Jim Gehrz/Star Tribune via AP)

Hundreds gather for St. Paul protest against pipeline

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The rally in St. Paul came one day after Minnesota regulators endorsed the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Superior, Wisconsin, according to the Star Tribune.
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OPEC to maintain current oil output

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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries set its Saudi-conceived strategy of defending market share rather than prices in November. Since then, it has pumped ever more crude into global markets.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

EPA study: No evidence fracking has caused “widespread” impacts on drinking water

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Industry leaders celebrated the report’s release as a vindication of the hydraulic fracturing process that has unlocked oil and gas nationwide, driving a domestic energy boom.
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, right, answers questions during a news conference after the announcement of the formation of the Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Also at the announcement were, from left, Bruce Ohr, with the U.S. Department of Justice, Montana U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter and acting North Dakota U.S. Attorney Chris Myers. The strike force is aimed to fight organized crime, which has been blamed for much of the increase in human trafficking, violent offenses and drugs in the region. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Feds debut new tactics to fight Bakken crime wave

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The response was made to growing pleas from residents in the two states for more help in dealing with crime in the region that’s seen an influx of tens of thousands of oilfield workers in recent years.
Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the "Paddle in Seattle" protest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Environmental groups, Alaska residents suing Interior Department over Shell’s Arctic exploration plan

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The lawsuit argues that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management gave a rushed, cursory review to Shell’s Chukchi Sea exploratory plan, in the process overlooking the risks from potential spills and increased drilling in the region.
An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Key House Republican backs oil export debate

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It’s time for Congress to consider revising the decades-old ban on crude exports, said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

European Big Oil opens schism on climate with U.S. rivals

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“It’s clear that the subject isn’t viewed in the same way on both sides of the Atlantic,” Total SA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne, one of the signatories, said on Monday at a press conference in Paris. “We are working with those who come forward.”
Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the "Paddle in Seattle" protest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

New lawsuit planned against seven-year-old Arctic drilling auction

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A 2008 government sale of Arctic drilling leases to Shell and other companies is set to face fresh scrutiny in the federal courts, with a dozen environmental and Alaskan groups preparing to file a new challenge to the auction.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto holds the documents he signed that enact reforms to the constitution at the National Palace in Mexico City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Report: How to make business sense of Mexico’s energy reform

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Mexico is opening its oil and gas fields to foreign investment for the first time in decades – a potential business bonanza for companies that can navigate the changes.