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Series of moderate earthquakes continue in northern Oklahoma

MEDFORD, Okla. — A series of moderate earthquakes continues to shake northern Oklahoma, near the Kansas border. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 3.5 magnitude earthquake nine miles northwest of Medford at 10:04 p.m. Saturday and a 3.4 magnitude quake in the same area at 2:29 a.m. Sunday. A 2.9 magnitude quake was recorded in the area at 9:31 a.m. ...

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Texans in Congress react to Obama’s Keystone pipeline rejection

Reaction from members of Congress from Texas to President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline: “Today, President Obama once again confirmed what most of us already knew. He does not care about American jobs or the American economy. He remains controlled by a radical environmentalist agenda, which seeks the elimination of whole segments of our economy.” — U.S. ...

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Train derailment spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol

ALMA, Wis. — Crews are working to clear a freight train derailment in western Wisconsin that spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol. BNSF Railway said crews continued Sunday to transfer ethanol from the derailed cars and get the cars back on the tracks. The train derailed Saturday about two miles north of Alma, a town along the Mississippi River. Some ...

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Senate repeal falls short, EPA clean water survives

The Senate Tuesday fell short of advancing legislation to repeal proposed environmental regulations aimed at bringing more waterways and wetlands under federal protection, handing the Obama administration a victory on rules that have faced a number of legal and political setbacks since being introduced this summer. With 57 senators — all the GOP and four Democrats — voting to repeal ...

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Is it possible to buy a single barrel of crude? Kind of…

“Don’t buy a barrel of oil, it’ll kill you,” a gas broker told Bloomberg Business reporter Tracy Alloway over wine in downtown New York. It was a portentous moment in Alloway’s long-held plan of trying to buy a single barrel of actual crude oil, which she recounts in her article titled “That Time I Tried to Buy an Actual Barrel ...

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Keystone XL oil pipeline in doubt as U.S. asked to pause review

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WASHINGTON/CALGARY, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Monday asked the U.S. government to suspend review of the $8 billion project that sparked a political war between environmentalists and the oil industry, a move that could put its fate in the hands of the next U.S. president. TransCanada Corp’s move was seen by ...

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Shipwrecks posing threat to US waters hold many unknowns

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of shipwrecks scattered along America’s coasts are thought to be holding oil and certainly will start leaking someday as corrosion eats away at their tanks. Preventing that just isn’t possible, experts say, because funding for such a huge effort doesn’t exist and there are too many unknowns about the locations of those wrecks and the ...

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BP drops effort to retrieve Gulf oil spill business payouts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Energy giant BP is ending its effort to recoup money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Friday, the company filed a motion to withdraw an appeal over what it said were overpayments worth hundreds of millions of dollars and ...

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Attorney, six others indicted in oil spill fraud case

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GULFPORT — A Texas attorney and six others have been indicted on fraud charges involving BP money distributed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The indictment, unsealed Thursday morning, lists as defendants Mikal C. Watts, principal partner in the law firm of Guerra and Craft Watts, and two of his employees. They are his brother, David Watts, and Wynter Lee. ...

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Lafourche’s oil spill money to go to coastal restoration

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Lafourche Parish has moved one step closer to spending $1.3 million in Restore Act money on five coastal restoration projects. The Daily Comet reports the Lafourche Parish Council approved the multi-year implementation plan at Tuesday’s meeting. The plan sets aside money to design and permit 5,500 acres of marsh creation along Louisiana Highway. 1 east of ...

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