Environmentalists want California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for hydraulic fracturing  off Southern California.  (AP file photo/Nick Ut)

Environmentalists want Brown to stop offshore fracturing

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State regulators in June approved nine permits for Long Beach Harbor.
This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday.   (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Beachfront owner sues pipeline operator over oil spill

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The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles is at least the fourth proposed class-action against Plains since the May 19 spill blackened beaches and spread oil at least 100 miles.
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)

Exxon Mobil halts production following California pipeline spill

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Exxon Mobil said Tuesday it had ceased production at three offshore platforms that were isolated by the rupture and subsequent shutdown of a Santa Barbara pipeline.
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Home efficiency upgrades don’t pay, study says

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Energy efficiency experts who were shown the study say the authors’ broad conclusions about energy efficiency in general aren’t justified after a study of a single program in a single state focused only on low-income households.
Oil swirls in a small eddy in a back channel of the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., in 2011.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,File)

U.S. says Exxon Mobil must pay $1 million for Montana spill

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Safety regulators said Exxon Mobil failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20-year-old Silvertip Pipeline was at risk from flooding.
Categories: Environment, Pipelines
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Texas regulators say disposal wells didn’t cause 4.0 quake

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The Texas Railroad Commission said it reached that conclusion after testing five disposal wells in Johnson County.
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake shares fall on downgrade, natural gas drop

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Chesapeake is among energy companies with market values that swing on the price of natural gas.
Categories: Natural gas
Shirley Morrison, center, and other members of the Seattle Raging Grannies sing a song on May 12 opposing Shell Oil Company during a meeting in Seattle of the Port of Seattle Commission. Five members of the group were arrested Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

5 anti-Arctic drilling activists arrested at Seattle port

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Seattle police arrested five members of a group called the Seattle Raging Grannies, who had chained themselves together in rocking chairs. The oldest of the five women was 92.
Categories: Arctic, Environment
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting in 2011. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Comment period ends on proposed Exxon Mobil settlement

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The proposal has touched off a public feud between the Christie administration and Democrats, who control the New Jersey Legislature and say the governor should have bargained for more money in damages.
Categories: Environment
David  Rainey,   (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Deliberations near in former BP executive’s trial

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Attorneys will make their final statements to jurors Friday morning and the jury is expected to begin deliberations by noon.
Categories: Gulf oil spill