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Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

EPA reaches deal with Duke to clean river coal ash

Duke will reimburse the federal government for its oversight costs.  More »
Oil pumps and equipment in the South Belridge oil field in Kern County, Calif. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil slashed

The new figure, about 600 million barrels, falls short of the previous estimate of 13.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil that led to a speculation boom among oil companies.  More »
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Oil climbs to $104 as U.S. supplies drop sharply

A report from the Energy Department showed a drop of 7.2 million barrels in U.S. crude oil supplies.  More »
Tanker cars full of U.S.-produced oil are helping supply East Coast refineries. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Industry says Bakken oil not riskier than others

An industry-funded report released Tuesday said Bakken oil from North Dakota and Montana is similar to other light crudes.  More »

Court won’t rehear BP spill settlement issue

BP said that it is considering its legal options.  More »
A plant that produces ethanol is next to a cornfield near Coon Rapids, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

EPA mulls ethanol change as industry profits soar

EPA officials say fewer gallons of ethanol are necessary because the fuel efficiency of cars improved more quickly than expected, helping lower fuel demand.  More »
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Oil rises on U.S. housing data, Ukraine tensions

Oil gained 2 percent for the week.  More »
Searchers dig through the rubble for victims of the inferno in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Monday, July 8, 2013, as  firefighter continue to hose down tanker cars to prevent explosions.  A runaway train derailed igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil .  (AP Photo/ THE CANADIAN PRESS,Ryan Remiorz)

Bankrupt railroad in Quebec derailment sold

The derailment last summer in Lac-Megantic was the worst railway accident in Canada in nearly 150 years.  More »
“We are reviewing our risk controls and procedures and we continue to strengthen all those areas that did not comply with Citi’s global standards and best practices,” Banamex General Director Javier Arrigunaga said. PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand/FILESEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Citigroup’s Mexican bank fires 11 in oil scandal

In February, Banamex said oil services company Oceanografia had used falsified invoices as collateral to obtain $585 million in loans.  More »
A Bakken Shale oil project.(GE)

Shale boom sends U.S. crude production to 28-year high

Output rose 78,000 barrels a day to 8.428 million, the most since October 1986, according to Energy Information Administration data.  More »
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Argentine court orders probe of Chevron-YPF deal

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is accused of abusing her power and harming the environment by issuing a decree last year that facilitated the deal.  More »
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez applauded the company’s investment in the state. AP

Rangeland building oil and gas hub in New Mexico

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez applauded the company’s investment in the state.  More »
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Government acknowledges gaps in oil well inspections

The Interior Department’s BLM is counting on Congress to approve a budget request that would allow it to use $10 million raised from fees charged to oil and gas companies to pay for high-priority inspections.  More »
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Oil gains on anticipation of U.S. supply drop

U.S. crude for June delivery gained $1.11 to $101.70 a barrel.  More »
In this photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, while a Chinese Coast Guard ship, center, sails alongside in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's coast, in May. (AP Photo/Vietnam Coast Guard)

Vietnamese workers protest at Chinese factories

Vietnam reacted angrily to the arrival of the deep sea oil rig on May 1 close to the Paracel Islands, which are controlled by China but claimed by Hanoi.  More »
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