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NY regulators order full environmental review for pipeline

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced its finding Wednesday, saying the Pilgrim Pipeline project has the potential for significant adverse impact on the environment and communities. The pipelines would carry North ...

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As oil slides, many determined to stay put in North Dakota

View of downtown Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Mike Galt via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Kennedy Mugemuzi is done moving. After leaving Congo to live in Nashville for a few years and then coming to North Dakota for the opportunities of the oil boom, he is among the many staying put in Williston — even though depressed crude prices have spurred an exodus of thousands of drillers and others seeking new prospects ...

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Green groups, residents sue crude-by-rail operator

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A coalition of residents and environmental groups is suing a crude oil transporter, claiming violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The coalition consisting of Albany County, a tenants association and six environmental groups filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global Partners. The lawsuit claims Global failed to obtain a required air pollution permit and ...

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Report: Human error, defects cause most railway incidents

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dozens of crude oil-carrying train derailments in recent years have prompted federal regulators to focus on improving the safety of tanker cars, though a newspaper’s analysis of federal records show that track defects and human error are to blame for most incidents. Trains carrying Bakken crude — a type of highly volatile oil — have made safety ...

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ND Petroleum Council: Vote will lift oil export ban to provide long-term benefits, energy security

Bismarck, N.D. – The vote in the United States Senate and House of Representatives to lift the ban on crude oil exports will strengthen the nation’s national security, keep energy prices low for consumers and help add stability to an otherwise volatile commodity market said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. “The petroleum sector has been an ...

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SEC investigating unusual 2012 stock trading at oil train company

A minnesota oil train company is being investigated by the U.S. securities and exchange commission

Federal authorities have been investigating a price spike in the stock in a Minnesota-based oil train loading company after it went public in 2012, resulting in an windfall for investors who held promissory notes with an unusual payout feature. The investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is focused on a $9 million loan by several individuals to ...

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AP Explains: Why US will allow oil exports for 1st time in decades

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, an oil tanker passes a fisherman as it enters a channel near Port Aransas, Texas, heading for the Port of Corpus Christi. The U.S., seemingly awash in crude oil after an energy boom sent thousands of workers scurrying to the plains of Texas and North Dakota, will begin exporting oil for the first time since the 1973 oil embargo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

NEW YORK — The U.S., seemingly awash in crude oil after an energy boom sent thousands of workers scurrying to the plains of Texas and North Dakota, will begin exporting oil for the first time since the 1973 oil embargo. The lifting of the embargo is part of a spending deal expected to be pushed through the House and Senate ...

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Minnesota Supreme Court backs Sandpiper pipeline opponents

The Minnesota Supreme Court has given a victory to opponents of the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Supreme Court has given a victory to opponents of the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline, declining to review a Court of Appeals decision requiring an environmental impact statement for the project. In an order Tuesday, the high court without comment denied petitions by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and an Enbridge Energy subsidiary to hear ...

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State regulators levy $71,000 fine against BNSF over spills

BNSF Railway will be required to pay more than $71,000 in a settlement with state regulators over not reporting spilled hazardous materials within the time required under state law. The settlement stems from more than a dozen hazardous materials spills across the state between Nov. 1, 2014, and Feb. 24, 2015, including a train that leaked 1,611 gallons of Bakken ...

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Pipeline reclamation program fields 2 dozen complaints

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota program aimed at helping resolve disputes over pipeline reclamation has fielded about two dozen requests for help so far. The Legislature earlier this year created the pipeline restoration and reclamation oversight pilot program. It’s meant to help resolve disputes between pipeline companies and landowners or tenants. Twenty-three requests had been filed as of the ...

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