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Fire evacuation orders lifted north of Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, fire evacuation

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Alberta officials on Saturday lifted mandatory evacuation orders in some areas north of Fort McMurray, where a raging wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people and the closure of oil sands operations. Officials said conditions have improved in some parts north of the oil sands city. Suncor Energy Inc. and Syncrude will ...

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New York senators continue to question gas pipeline expansion

New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s U.S. senators are urging the federal government to halt the expansion of a gas pipeline project that runs beside a nuclear power plant. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand want the Algonquin pipeline project halted until independent health and safety reviews are completed. The two Democrats say the project poses a threat to the ...

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NY boosts first responder training for oil fires

oil fires

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making a new investment in helping first responders train for oil fires. The state will use $500,000 in federal funds to purchase a “live fire” training prop to help fire fighters and other emergency personnel learn how to respond to crude oil fires. It is part of a broader effort to prepare ...

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Wealthy climate activist spends heavily in California race

California, capitol, donation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer reported Friday that he has made a $500,000 contribution to help an incumbent Democratic state senator who backed a 2015 proposal to cut petroleum use by half within 15 years in the state. Steyer disclosed the contribution to aid Sen. Jim Beall in his south San Francisco Bay Area primary race against ...

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European Union clears power deal between Danish operator, utility

European Union, DONG Energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has ruled that an electricity deal between Danish utility DONG Energy and government-owned grid operator Energinet.dk doesn’t constitute state aid. Under the 2011-2015 deal, DONG, which is majority-owned by the government, was required to supply electricity at short notice to ensure the stability of the power grid. Competitors had complained to the EU executive ...

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Israeli Cabinet OKs new gas deal after High Court objections

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Cabinet has approved a new deal with a consortium of natural gas developers after the country’s Supreme Court rejected the previous agreement. The new deal changes a clause that would have prevented Israel from making significant regulatory changes for the next ten years. The Supreme Court struck down the deal over that clause and gave Israel ...

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Wolf’s environmental protection secretary resigns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s environmental protection secretary resigned Friday after Wolf’s office began looking into an email the official sent to environmental advocacy groups from a private email address. Wolf confirmed John Quigley’s resignation in a brief interview with The Associated Press, but he did not explain the reasons behind it. The governor said Quigley did ...

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$3.7M grant awarded to Lake Erie wind turbine project

Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.7 million grant to a company doing engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie. Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. is aiming to build a 20-megawatt demonstration wind farm in the lake northwest of downtown Cleveland. Current cost estimates are between $120 million and $128 million. ...

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Indian prime minister arrives in Iran to boost economic ties

Indian prime minister, Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the Indian prime minister has arrived in Tehran, the first such visit in over a decade. The Sunday report said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with President Hassan Rouhani and other Iranian leaders during his two-day visit. The two countries are planning to develop Chabahar port in southeast Iran, ...

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Williston Basin oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme of “Bakken Forward,” featuring seminars ...

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