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New Mexico land commissioner opposes flaring rules

Pump jack and flare operating in the San Juan Basin, Eddy County, New Mexico. (Image: Blake Thornberry via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn isn’t a fan of the Obama administration’s plan to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land. Dunn announced Thursday that his office has submitted comments in opposition of the proposed venting and flaring regulations. Dunn says a committee was formed in New ...

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Oil tanker laden with North Dakota crude reaches Netherlands

North Dakota crude reached the Netherlands at the Port of Rotterdam. The Bakken crude shipment, sold by Hess Corp. is the first light crude to be shipped out from the U.S. since the oil export ban was lifted last December. (Image: Bart via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A petroleum tanker laden with 175,000 barrels of North Dakota crude was being offloaded in Europe on Wednesday, the first such overseas shipment of the state’s oil since Congress lifted a 40-year ban on crude exports in December. North Dakota’s congressional delegation and industry officials hailed Hess Corp.’s shipment as a milestone that could open more markets in ...

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Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

A loaded Crude Oil train sits drapped over the crest of the hill on the St Paul Subdivision as an empty train tops the the hill and proceeds westward. (Image: Kurt Haubrich via Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission hopes to come up with a rail safety plan within six months after a report criticized the agency for having never written one, even as the train traffic carrying volatile crude from the Bakken oil patch has increased. The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to complete a risk assessment and safety plan by ...

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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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Texas, New Mexico oil producers push for import limits

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oil drilling companies and royalty owners from the Texas Panhandle to New Mexico’s stretch of the Permian Basin are embarking on a grass-roots campaign to limit foreign oil imports, salvaging what they say is a major sector of the U.S. economy. “American oil is competing against a cartel of government operators which has a stated initiative ...

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The Paris climate deal at a glance

The Paris climate deal at a glance

NEW YORK (AP) — Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations. Here are some of the key elements of the Paris deal, which is the first agreement requiring all countries to join the fight against global warming. ...

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Oil bust sends Texas budget writers back to work; what now?

Preparing for planting (irrigation circles) and extraction (white web of rectangular gas well heads). (Image: Jan Buchholtz via Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The biggest Texas oil bust in decades has lawmakers taking stock of the fallout as other energy producing states slash spending. House budget writers are meeting Tuesday for the first time in 2016 to figure out how much the oil and gas downturn is hurting the state’s bottom line. Oil prices fell in the past two ...

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‘Hard choices’ in Texas as oil bust, costly lawsuits collide

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The oil bust already shrinking Texas’ coffers is colliding with the possibility of the state getting socked with multibillion-dollar verdicts in major lawsuits, budget officials said Tuesday, which could test years of Republican resistance to cracking the state’s emergency piggybank. No lawmakers or budget-crunchers raised the potential of spending cuts or a shortfall when the Legislature ...

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Senate approves wide-ranging energy bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. listens at left as Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia. Senators backed the measure, 85 to 12, the first ambitious energy bill approved by the Senate in nearly a decade. The bill would boost renewables such ...

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Oil meeting in Qatar collapses without freeze as Iran absent

Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada, Qatar's energy and industry minister, addresses journalists at the end of a summit in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Oil-rich nations at a Qatar summit failed to reach an agreement Sunday on a production freeze, saying officials needed "more time" to make the decision as Iran stayed home and vowed to keep pumping. (AP Photos/Jon Gambrell)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A meeting of oil-rich countries in Qatar that had been expected to boost crude prices by freezing production fell apart Sunday as Iran stayed home and vowed to increase its output despite threats by Saudi Arabia. Oil prices, which hit a 12-year low in January by dipping under $30 a barrel, had risen above $40 in ...

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