Waves caused by Hurricane Isaac on Aug. 28 tear apart a pier along the Mobile Bay in Coden, Ala., near Dauphin Island. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, file)

Study says virtually all Alabama tar balls came from BP spill

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The report was released by Auburn University.
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Environmentalists want California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for hydraulic fracturing  off Southern California.  (AP file photo/Nick Ut)

Business groups protest California carbon market

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The California Chamber of Commerce wrote Gov. Jerry Brown urging him to halt the start of the program.
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Valero restarts two ethanol plants

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Valero said it restarted two ethanol plants in the Midwest because of improved margins.
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/GettyImages)

Mexico’s president-elect wants to modernize Pemex

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He says he is not proposing the privatization of Pemex, but its modernization.
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A coal mining site in West Virginia. (AP file photo/Jeff Gentner)

Alpha closing 8 coal mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all

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The CEO said the shutdowns and layoffs are a necessary part of ensuring Alpha survives in what has become a difficult U.S. market.
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A bicyclist walks by Langdell Hall, the Harvard Law Library, on the campus of the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

S. Dakota mining school’s new grads beat Harvard’s for pay

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“It doesn’t seem to be too hard to get a job in mining,” said a chemical engineering major who was offered a post paying more than $60,000 a year.
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An oil pump works near Stanley, N.D. (AP file photo/James MacPherson)

Airlines add service in North Dakota’s oil patch

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North Dakota oil production has more than tripled in the last three years, and it’s now the second-biggest oil-producing state, behind Texas.
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This image taken Nov. 17, 2011, and released by Chevron, shows an aerial view of vessels in the cleanup of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.  (AP Photo/Ibama)

Brazil ban on Transocean said to hinder Petrobras

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Transocean was banned from operating in Brazil after an oil spill at Chevron’s Frade field off the coast of Rio in November
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Workers secure the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer onto the deck of the Helix Q4000 after lifting it from the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Deepwater Horizon device failed pre-spill test, lawyers say

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The blowout preventer “blew up” casing during a test two months before the rig exploded, according to lawyers.
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ConocoPhillips says Libya operations unaffected by turmoil

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Apache Corp. also said its operations in Egypt are unaffected.
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