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Alberta’s abandoned well problem grows with O&G bankruptcy filings

“They guaranteed us that something would happen in the next six months. We never heard back [from the regulators or the oil companies],” Alberta rancher Tony Bruder told CBC News. Due to the oil price slump and the resulting O&G bankruptcy filings, Bruder is one of many Canadian landowners that might soon be dealing with the hassle of abandoned oil ...

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Police come under attack, fire tear gas in Paris protest

PARIS (AP) — Protesters in Paris threw projectiles at police officers, who responded with tear gas, amid demonstrations Tuesday by tens of thousands of people opposed to a contested labor reform. Seven unions and student organizations had called demonstrations against the proposed law to loosen labor rules, which is being debated in the Senate. Protesters set out from southeast Paris ...

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Mexico to offer farm-out on deep water field in Gulf

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned oil company announced Friday it will offer a farm-out arrangement to private firms to join in the exploration of a deep-water field in the Gulf of Mexico. It would be the first time that Petroleos Mexicanos has formed an association with a private firm for deep-water drilling. Pemex Director Jose Antonio Gonzalez called it ...

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India’s bid to join Nuclear Suppliers Group a point of pride

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NEW DELHI (AP) — India is rejoicing over news that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brokered deals with U.S. officials to bring New Delhi closer to its long-held dream of joining an elite group of nations allowed to control the global trade in nuclear materials, equipment and technology. Newspapers have run daily front-page stories heralding progress on the nuclear front ...

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Germany’s Merkel meets Chinese premier amid trade worries

BEIJING (AP) — China recognizes European concerns about overcapacity in its steel sector, but believes that is a symptom of the falloff in global demand, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday. Speaking to visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Li appeared eager to counter criticisms that a glut of Chinese steel exports is overwhelming producers in overseas markets including Germany, Britain ...

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Citgo Aruba to invest $450M to $650M to reopen idle refinery

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Citgo Aruba announced Saturday it will invest $450 million to $650 million to reactivate an oil refinery in Aruba that has been idle since 2012. The company said Saturday in a statement that the facility in San Nicolas will be retrofitted over the next 18 to 24 months. The refinery is expected to process ...

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Kenya power company say monkey caused nationwide blackout

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s power generation company says a monkey caused a three-hour nationwide blackout. The Kenya Electricity Generation Company said in a statement late Tuesday that a monkey climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru Power Station in central Kenya and fell onto a transformer, tripping it. The company said this caused other machines in the station to ...

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Costa Rica puts finishing touches on hydroelectric power dam

SIQUIRRES DE LIMON, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica is putting the finishing touches on the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, as the last generators come on line. The Reventazon dam is expected to produce 305.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 525,000 homes. The government electricity board says the project is 99 percent completed, with two ...

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Mexico gets first non-Pemex gas station in almost 8 decades

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For the first time in nearly eight decades, the ubiquitous Pemex gas stations have competition along Mexico’s highways and city streets. Two companies have opened three gas stations under their own brands, breaking one of the state-owned petroleum company’s last monopolies. Opening the retail sector to competition was part of energy reforms passed in 2014. Mexico’s ...

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Scientists turn carbon dioxide into harmless stone

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock. Experts say the results of a two-year, $10 million experiment called CarbFix , conducted about one-third of a mile (540 meters) deep in the rocks of Iceland, offer new hope for an effective weapon ...

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