Clean up crews removed oil-laden sand on the beach at Refugio State Beach, site of an oil spill, north of Goleta, Calif.  (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)

U.S. gives order for Plains to finish oil spill cleanup

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Government representatives said such an order is common in spills and is not in response to any inaction by Houston-based Plains All America.
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)

Oil pipeline spills off California coast

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The pipeline, which is operated by Plains All American Pipeline LP, has been shut off.
Categories: Environment, Pipelines
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea)

Freeport LNG says it was warned not to sign Chinese customers

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“Early on in our project, we were quite frankly warned by the Department of Energy that it would not be looked at as politically correct for us to have a large Chinese customer,Chief Executive Officer Michael Smith said.
Categories: Asia, featured, LNG
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters Thursday.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)

Obama says Shell developed high safeguards against Arctic spills

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The president says he is committed to reducing carbon emissions but that consumers will still need fossil fuels during a transition to other energy sources.
Categories: Arctic
In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, 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)

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes

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Prosecutors say the criminal negligence of the nation’s largest electricity company resulted in unlawful pollution at its coal-fired power plants.
Kayaktivists Jordan Van Voast and Martin Adams hold a sign in protest of the arrival of Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer as it came into Everett, Wash. on Tuesday. The rig arrived just as the Port of Seattle voted to delay the arrival of Shell's Polar Pioneer drill rig in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Drill rigs coming to Seattle despite pleas for delay

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A Shell spokesman said it has a valid lease to use about 50 acres of terminal space on Seattle’s waterfront and a tight timeline to prepare its fleet for exploratory oil drilling this summer.
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Drilling set to resume near site of BP’s blowout in Gulf

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A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir.
William Driscoll, 5, of Charlotte, N.C., holds signs as he stands with protestors, including his mother, outside the Duke Energy headquarters before the company's shareholders meeting in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 7, 2015. Duke Energy is holding its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, where the company's chief executive officer, Lynn Good, is expected to give an overview of Duke's 2014 performance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Duke CEO faces contentious shareholders’ meeting

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Demonstrators say the $50 billion company is blocking people from putting solar panels on their roofs.
Categories: Coal, Environment, Solar
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Transocean beats estimates on cost cutting

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Jeremy Thigpen takes the helm as the drilling industry confronts the double whammy of a glut of new deep-water rigs and falling demand as producers reduce spending because of the collapse in oil prices.
Categories: Offshore
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2 workers dead, 10 hurt in Mexico oil rig accident

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The Troll Solution rig was maneuvering to perform offshore maintenance at the time of the accident in the Bay of Campeche, Pemex said.