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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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Group sues Interior Department over deep-sea well permits

Group sues Interior Department over deep-sea well permits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group sued the Interior Department on Wednesday for what it called the “fast track” permitting of potentially dangerous oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters. The action came on the sixth anniversary of the nation’s largest offshore oil spill. The federal lawsuit, filed by the California-based Center for Biological Diversity in Washington, D.C., ...

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US rig count dropped 3 last week to 440, another all-time low

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by three last week to 440, again reaching an-time low amid depressed energy industry prices. A year ago, 954 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 351 rigs sought oil and 89 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- ...

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Senate decides to rework flow of oil spill recovery money

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State senators voted Wednesday to rewrite plans for spending Gulf oil spill recovery money tied to Louisiana’s economic damages from the disaster, seeking to erase earmarks that would sock the money into state savings accounts. Under a law passed two years ago, most of the money will be steered to the state’s “rainy day” fund ...

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US rig count drops to 443 this week, Texas loses 7

US rig count drops to 443 this week, Texas loses 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by seven this week to 443, another all-time low amid depressed energy industry prices. A year ago, 988 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 354 rigs sought oil and 89 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- ...

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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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23.5M acres off Texas up for oil, gas leases in August

23.5M acres off Texas up for oil, gas leases in August

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government will offer 23.5 million acres off of Texas for oil and gas leases in August. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says that’s all the available waterbottom in the western Gulf of Mexico. Spokesman John Filostrat (FIL-oh-strat) says the agency has not chosen a date or location. Last August marked the smallest sale ...

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TransCanada says spill forces shut down of Keystone pipeline

TransCanada pipeline, oil spill, Keystone pipeline

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says the Keystone pipeline will likely remain shut down for the rest of the week while officials investigate an apparent oil spill in southeastern South Dakota. Oil was discovered on a 300-square-foot area in a ditch near a Freeman-area pump station. About 100 workers are at the site removing soil and determining the location ...

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Gulf oil, gas leases up for sale; environmentalists protest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government is selling off oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico during a sale Wednesday, but environmentalists opposed to fossil fuels development on public lands plan to protest. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is offering about 45 million acres for exploration and development. Companies submit bids in advance to the agency, ...

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Groups want freeze on oil waste dumping into water reserves

Groups want freeze on oil waste dumping into water reserves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental groups sought a freeze Wednesday on permits to dump oil field waste into the country’s underground water reserves, alleging that lax federal oversight was threatening potential drinking water supplies. Groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and Clean Water Action formally petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the moratorium. The agency would review the ...

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