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North Dakota taps Wisconsin deputies for Dakota Access help

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say Wisconsin is lending law enforcement resources to authorities responding to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. Officials said Friday that Wisconsin will provide up to 40 sworn sheriffs’ deputies from Dane County and the surrounding area to support the Morton County Sheriff’s Office in North Dakota. Officers will assist for up to 21-day ...

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US rig count up 2 this week to 524

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 524. A year ago, 795 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 428 rigs sought oil and 94 explored for natural gas ...

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Port Fourchon to expand for deepwater rig operations

offshore drilling, Port Fourchon

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The Greater Lafourche Port Commission says agreements have been reach that will advance a plan to develop the Gulf’s first purpose-built, deepwater rig repair and refurbishment facility to service the oil and gas industry. Chett Chiasson, Port Commission executive director, said in a news release the agreement is with the Edward Wisner Donation, granting the ...

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Dallas Fed: Oil and Gas Activity Rises in Third Quarter

Dallas Fed, oil and gas activity

Surveys and reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are now available for the third quarter. The business activity index – the survey’s broadest measure of conditions facing Eleventh District energy firms – was up from 13.8 in the second quarter to 26.7. While the survey still shows weakness in both industry employment and production, it does show some ...

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Iran oil industry fires, blasts raise suspicions of hacking

Iran, hacking

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of fires at Iranian petrochemical plants and facilities have raised suspicions about hacking potentially playing a role, with authorities saying that “viruses had contaminated” equipment at several of the affected complexes. Iran officially insists the six known blazes over the span of three months weren’t the result of a cyberattack. However, the ...

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Marine firm to pay almost $5M, improve practices after spill

Houston ship channel, Kirby Island Marine, oil spill

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston marine services firm has agreed to pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle federal claims resulting from a March 2014 collision between its tugboat and a ship that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel. A Justice Department statement says Kirby Inland Marine also pledged to make operational improvements throughout ...

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In ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ an ecological disaster’s human toll

Deepwater Horizon, Mike Williams, Mark Wahlberg

TORONTO (AP) — The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else. “My 11 brothers that got killed were immediately forgotten,” Williams said, speaking from his Sulphur Springs, Texas, ...

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Pemex says fire put out on tanker off Mexico’s Gulf coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire on a tanker carrying gasoline and diesel off Mexico’s Gulf coast was put out Sunday, a day after the blaze began, the country’s state oil company said. Firefighting boats had battled the blaze since Saturday aboard the Burgos, which is owned by the company, Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. A Pemex statement Sunday night said ...

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AP Exclusive: Iraq oil fires could jeopardize Mosul mission

Iraq fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fire at one of Iraq’s major oil fields could hinder military and humanitarian efforts as operations to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul get underway. Black smoke continues to billow into the air from the Qayara oil field, damaged by IS militants last month as they fled the town, creating health risks for civilians and ...

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The Latest: Accord reached on documents in ongoing Gulf oil leak

oil leak

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a court fight over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing leak of oil from a site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 (all times local): ___ 11 a.m. Environmental attorneys and an energy company have agreed to work out differences over the confidentiality of documents concerning an ongoing oil leak in ...

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