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Scalise to take peers on tour of Gulf’s offshore drilling

Scalise to take peers on tour of Gulf's offshore drilling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is taking a batch of congressmen on a tour of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas offshore drilling industry. Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, has led energy tours for his peers since he became a House member in 2008. On Friday, he’s showing off the industry to six other congressmen ...

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Governor joins lawsuits against oil and gas companies

Governor joins lawsuits against oil and gas companies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Edwards administration has joined the state attorney general in getting involved in lawsuits filed against oil and gas activities over damage to coastal wetlands. On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is seeking to intervene in lawsuits filed by Plaquemines, Jefferson, and Cameron parishes against oil and gas companies. ...

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No injuries reported in Houston Ship Channel refinery fire

HOUSTON (AP) — A fire at a Houston-area refinery has been extinguished after it sent a large cloud of dark smoke over a wide area of southeast Houston. Houston Fire Department Senior Capt. Ruy Lozano says no injuries have been reported in the blaze that broke out late Friday morning at a LyondellBasell plant. Flames were extinguished within about an ...

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Governor says North Dakota is weathering energy, ag slump

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the state’s economic strength and diversified economy is helping to weather fluctuations in the energy and agriculture industries. Dalrymple spoke Wednesday at the state’s first demographic conference, which is focusing on how demographics impact citizens, businesses and communities. The governor told the group at Bismarck State College that North Dakota has a ...

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Hickenlooper: If Colorado doesn’t regulate its air, EPA might

The Milky Way seen from the crisp and clean air of Colorado state. (Image: Max and Dee Bernt via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper warned Thursday that withholding funds for state air quality regulators could prompt the federal government to step in with a heavier hand. The Democratic governor’s comments came amid a dispute with Republican lawmakers over whether Colorado should continue developing rules to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Texas, nationwide gasoline prices down 2 cents per gallon

Texas, nationwide gasoline prices down 2 cents per gallon

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas and nationwide gasoline prices have declined an average 2 cents per gallon this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide slipped to $1.87 per gallon. Drivers across the U.S. are paying an average $2.04 per gallon. Dallas has the most expensive gasoline this week in Texas at an average ...

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Governor, industry urge cautious hand in regulating oil and gas

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Wattenburg Field north of Denver, Colorado. (Image: Plazak via Wikipedia)

DENVER (AP) — Collaboration and negotiation allowed Colorado to draw up oil and gas regulations that protect the public and the environment while encouraging a lucrative state industry, the governor and the president of an industry group say. Gov. John Hickenlooper and American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard talked Thursday about regulation, the future of the industry and the possibility ...

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Cruz says North Dakota could decide Republican convention

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told attendees at the North Dakota Republican convention Saturday that their presidential delegates could decide the nomination. Convention-goers are scheduled Sunday to select 25 of their 28 delegates who will go to the national convention unbound to any of the presidential candidates. North Dakota does not have a primary or caucus. “It ...

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More Texas jobs lost as oil bust continues

More Texas jobs lost to oil bust

More than 1,100 Texas jobs have been cut in the past few weeks, according to reports by the Texas Workforce Commission. Oil major BP plans to cut at least 500 jobs in Harris County this year. The layoffs are expected to happen in June at three Houston locations. BP spokesman Jason Ryan said about 4,000 total upstream jobs will be ...

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New Mexico groups push for more renewable energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of New Mexico environmental groups and community leaders are pushing for more electricity to come from renewable energy sources. The head of the University of New Mexico’s Sustainable Studies Program, Bruce Milne, says it’s both desirable and feasible for the U.S. to shift to 100 percent renewable energy and that technological innovations in the ...

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