Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

November retrial date expected for former BP engineer

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Federal prosecutors say Kurt Mix deleted text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP’s well after a 2010 rig explosion
Categories: Gulf oil spill
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2 injection wells shut down after Oklahoma quakes

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In all, more than 15 temblors of magnitude 2.0 or stronger were reported Monday by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. An additional nine quakes ranging from 2.2 to 4.1 were recorded through early Tuesday evening.
Categories: Environment
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New rule to protect streams near coal mines

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GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill quickly assailed the proposed regulation as designed to help put coal companies out of business, and they promised to thwart it.
Categories: Coal, Environment
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