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Opening statements set to begin in pipeline blast trial

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for the government and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will begin presenting their cases to jurors in a criminal trial alleging the utility giant obstructed investigators after a deadly pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. After several days of jury selection, opening statements are scheduled to start Friday in federal court in San ...

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Oregon officials want a hold on oil trains after derailment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fiery derailment of an oil train in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge has state transportation officials asking for a halt to the massive trains because of concerns their heavier weight could be putting extra strain on a certain type of bolt that fastens the rails to the tracks. The Oregon Department of Transportation discussed its concerns ...

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Wildfire near California oil refinery burning out of control

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire spurred by strong gusts mushroomed in size and burned out of control Thursday in a remote coastal area west of Santa Barbara, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of campers, some homes and an oil refinery as it crept toward the ocean. Winds and rising temperatures across the dry Western U.S. also worsened wildfires ...

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Kerry tours Arctic Circle to see climate change impact

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NY-ALESUND, Norway (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday visited Norway’s extreme north, viewing areas where climate change has melted ice and opened new sea lanes. Trailed by staff and journalists in small Zodiac-type inflatable boats, Kerry and Norway’s foreign minister motored in an Arctic scientific vessel from a research station in Ny-Alesund, the world’s northernmost civilian ...

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32K gallons of saltwater spilled, recovered near Tioga

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division says more than 32,000 gallons of saltwater spilled and was cleaned up at an oil field site in Mountrail County. Hess Bakken Investments II LLC reported the spill at a tank battery about 7 miles north of Tioga on Tuesday. The company estimates that 770 barrels spilled, was contained and ...

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New Mexico settles with Texas well operator

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oilfield regulators have reached a settlement agreement with a Texas well operator in response to spills of oily salt water at the company’s waste-water injection sites and oil wells. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division confirmed Tuesday the agreement with Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, that outlines a timeline for cleaning up the ...

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Leaders ask Oregon, Washington governors to ban oil-by-train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County leaders on Tuesday urged the governors of Oregon and Washington to push Congress for a permanent ban on oil-by-rail in the wake of a fiery train derailment along the Columbia River. The June 3 derailment in the town of Mosier showed transporting oil by train is dangerous and unnecessary and should be ...

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With benefits at risk, coal miner union rallies in Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are calling on Congress to protect their benefits as the industry struggles and operators seek bankruptcy protection from debts. United Mine Workers president Cecil Roberts told the gathering of about 4,000 members from seven states Tuesday in Lexington, Kentucky, that miners spent their lives working in dangerous mines to provide the ...

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Lawmakers drop energy initiative from state budget proposal

A wind turbine in Vermont. (Image: futuremar768 via Flickr)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Legislative leaders are dropping a clean energy initiative from Rhode Island’s proposed state budget over concerns that it could unfairly favor a wind-energy developer. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says it’s a distraction, so lawmakers are dropping the entire renewable-energy initiative from the budget. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the $8.9 billion ...

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Corporation commissioner candidate hosts oil and gas forum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of a West Virginia-based company that specializes in recycling wastewater from oil and gas production is among those testifying at an Oklahoma public hearing on the link between wastewater disposal and an increase in earthquakes. Brian Kalt of Fairmont Brine Processing spoke Tuesday during an oil and gas industry forum at the Oklahoma Capitol. ...

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