Porter Ranch Estates sit at the foothills near a Southern California Gas Co. gas well that had been leaking methane daily since October.
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Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks

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At its peak, the leak was estimated to contribute about a quarter of California’s climate-altering methane emissions, leading some to call it the worst environmental disaster since the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, photo, motorists get gas at a Costco station in Sacramento, Calif. Fuel experts, economists and consumer advocates are expected to appear at a hearing of the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, to discuss why California gas prices are consistently higher than the national average. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Experts look at why gasoline is expensive in California

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The average price in California for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.50 on Monday — 76.5 cents higher than the national average,
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/GettyImages)

Mexico’s president names new head of Pemex

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President Enrique Pena Nieto made several Cabinet changes.
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World’s largest energy trader sees a decade of low oil prices

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The forecast would mean oil-rich countries and the energy industry would face the longest stretch of low prices since the 1986-1999 period.
This Nov. 3 file photo provided by Southern California Gas Co., shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts attempt to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility’s Aliso Canyon facility. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP)

Massive L.A.-area gas leak could be capped in a week

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The blowout at the largest natural gas-storage facility in the West has uprooted thousands of residents and spewed more than 2 million tons of climate-changing methane.
This Nov. 3 file photo provided by Southern California Gas Co., shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts attempt to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility’s Aliso Canyon facility. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP)

Los Angeles DA charges utility with crimes for gas leak

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State regulators are investigating the cause of the leak, but they said they won’t know until the well is plugged, which is expected by the end of the month.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Trucks will move oil stored after California pipeline break

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The Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department endorsed the proposal, which lets Exxon Mobil run up to 30 truck trips a day for as long as six months to move the marooned crude.
Pam Sharp, left, director of the Ofiice of Management and Budget, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple talk Monday at the state capitol in Bismarck, N.D.  Dalrymple on Monday ordered deep cuts to government agencies and a massive raid on state savings to make up for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall due to depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

North Dakota governor orders cuts due to low oil prices

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The Legislature’s record-high $14.4 billion budget for the two years that began July 1 was built on oil prices and economic assumptions that have fallen “much greater than anyone would have predicted,” the governor said.
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U.S. to halt approvals of hydraulic fracturing off California coast

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The government will study whether the practice is safe for the environment.
“It’s not the end of the world,” says  CEO Aldemir Bendine.  (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Petrobras cuts managers to save $440 million a year

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“It’s a scenario of total stress,” CEO Aldemir Bendine said. “The company has to adapt.”
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