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A row of pump jacks operate in Apache Canada’s Provost field, located in the southeast part of Alberta (Apache Corp.)

Apache reports $4.8 billion loss

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Exploration and production company Apache Corp. reported a $4.8 billion loss in the fourth quarter and said it would slow its production activity in the face of falling oil prices.
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Kansas geologists look for earthquake and fracking correlation

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For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state – earthquakes.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Fracking puts California governor, environmentalists at odds

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California is the No. 3 oil producer in the nation and has added an average of 300 wells each month for the past decade, about half of them using hydraulic fracturing.
Lee Pfluger explains his proposal for a hydraulic fracturing facility in downtown San Angelo. (Kimberly Meyer/Freelance)

West Texas frac sand proposal abandoned

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The businessman, Lee Pfluger, ended months of increasingly rancorous debate with a dramatic flourish, making his announcement during a highly anticipated civic meeting in San Angelo on Monday.
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Scotland adds to growing list of places that ban fracking

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Scottish officials told the BBC they’ll investigate concerns over the technique ranging from earthquakes to water pollution.
Caroline Lucas, a Green Party member in the UK Parliament, stands outside the main entrance to the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, England, as anti fracking demonstrations continue near the drill site, Sunday Aug. 18, 2013. (AP Photo / Gareth Fuller, PA)

U.K. lawmakers urge fracking moratorium

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Hydraulic fracturing in shale for oil and gas should be put on hold in the U.K. because of risks to public health and the environment, a panel of lawmakers said.
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Commentary: Should we allow further drilling on public land?

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When done properly, extraction of natural resources from federal land has helped develop the economy while at the same time providing valuable income to defray the costs of running the federal government. Leases are certainly not new and, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), there are currently over 46,000 active leases on federal […]
Under a portrait of the late Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, talks with Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega during the 8th Petrocaribe Summit in Managua, Nicaragua. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

Venezuela’s Maduro sees U.S. wielding oil as weapon to ‘destroy’ nation

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has avoided substantial cuts to social programs amid the slide in crude, the commodity that provides 97 percent of Venezuela’s dollars.
Crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)

Nearly 3 million gallons of brine spill in North Dakota oil boom’s largest leak

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The saltwater, known as brine, is an unwanted byproduct of oil and natural gas production that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.
(Norm Betts/Bloomberg)

U.S. shale oil growth hurts Canadians as well as OPEC

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A surge of light oil from North Dakota and Texas is cutting into the earnings of Canadians who turn heavy oil sands into a lighter crude that fetches more from refiners.