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Arkansas water utility pushes for Exxon Mobil fines, rules

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In a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Monday, Central Arkansas Water said Exxon Mobil doesn’t understand the weight of the situation.
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13:  Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on January 13, 2016 in New York City. The Dow Jones industrial average fell over 350 points today as markets continued to react to falling oil prices and the uncertainty in the economic outlook in China.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

Energy stocks lead an early decline in U.S. as oil price falls

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Chevron fell 2 percent shortly after the opening bell Monday and Exxon Mobil lost more than 1 percent.
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Smoke at Exxon refinery in Beaumont due to power outage

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A refinery spokesman said no one was injured and there was no cause for alarm following the 3 p.m. outage. Non-essential personnel were “dismissed” from the facility.
An employees stands for a photograph near wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa Corp. at the Bharat Light & Power Ltd. Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in July restored a wind-farm tax benefit, which could propel wind installations to a three-year high of 2,600 megawatts in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Renewables attracted record $329 billion of investment in 2015

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While oil companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc eliminate jobs and curb capital spending to cope with prices that have fallen two-thirds in 18 months, renewables are enjoying a renaissance underpinned by rules designed to curb fossil-fuel emissions damaging the atmosphere.
A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)

Exxon deficiencies found in California refinery blast

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The explosion could have been much worse, said Chairwoman Vanessa Allen Sutherland.
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Among most big U.S. cities, Houston had the cheapest gasoline for nearly all of 2015

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The EIA said that Houston had the cheapest gasoline of the cities it tracked in 47 out of 52 weeks.
Oil wells in the Franja del Orinoco region of Venezuela (Houston Chronicle)

These are the energy stories Houston cared about in 2015

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With crude prices stuck firmly below $40 a barrel, and energy companies predicting another austere year in 2016, here’s a look back at some of the most popular stories that appeared on FuelFix.com this year.
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Report: Shale gas surge will export benefits abroad, leaving marginal U.S. gains

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The analysis, posted on the Energy Department’s website Monday, comes as U.S. regulators consider an unprecedented number of proposals to export natural gas from booming shale fields.
Oil workers pass a pumping unit, also known as a "nodding donkey" or pumping jack, left, at a drilling site operated by Tatneft OAO near Almetyevsk, Russia, on Friday, July 31, 2015. Eleven months of surviving with oil below $100 have left Russia hardened enough to endure a monthlong drop to $40 a barrel, a survey of economists showed. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Energy, mining stocks lead an early decline on Wall Street

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Exxon Mobil fell 1.5 percent in early trading Monday, the most in the Dow Jones industrial average.
A worker uses a headset and microphone to communicate with coworkers over the din of pump trucks, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by the Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Report: Most oil companies score low on fracking disclosures

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The annual scorecard grades 30 oil and gas companies for disclosures on five criteria: toxic chemicals, water and waste management, air emissions, community impacts, and management accountability.