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Most of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million people without power

Puerto Rico, power outage, diesel

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Much of Puerto Rico was without electricity Thursday following a fire at a power plant that set off a series of outages across the island’s aging utility grid, leaving most of the island’s 3.5 million people without service. The vast majority of Puerto Ricans don’t have generators and they were forced to spend the ...

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UAE opens first jetty outside Gulf to load fuel onto tankers

UAE energy minister refuses to discuss tentative oil cap

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world’s biggest tanker ships. The launch of the new $650 million facility in the eastern city of Fujairah on Wednesday will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as “very ...

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Swiss traders blame governments for dirty fuel in Africa

West Africa, dirty petrol, sulfur

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Swiss commodity traders accused of deliberately blending toxic fuel and dumping it in West Africa say African governments are to blame for low standards and failure to invest in refineries and newer vehicles to lower exhaust emissions that cause respiratory and other diseases. “What is very clear is that the role of improving fuel quality in ...

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Damage to Great Barrier Reef costs ship owner $30 million

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government reached a 39.3 million Australian dollar ($29.6 million) settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier to pay for environmental damage caused when the ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef six years ago, the environment minister said Monday. The government had sued Shenzhen Energy Transport for at least AU$120 million ...

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Oil prices hit by downward revision to global oil demand

global oil production

LONDON (AP) — Oil prices took a pounding Tuesday after a leading industry group said global oil demand growth is slowing by more than previously thought, largely because of a more pronounced economic slowdown during the third quarter of the year. In its September oil market report, the Paris-based International Energy Agency reduced its forecast for global demand growth to ...

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Oil minister: Iran backs OPEC moves geared toward stability

OPEC, Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s oil minister says his country would support any decision by the oil producing group of nations that seeks to stabilize the oil market, Iranian state TV reported on Tuesday. The remarks by the minister, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, came after talks with OPEC chief Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo on Tuesday in Tehran. According to Zangeneh, most OPEC ...

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Corps won’t oppose tribe’s request to stop work on pipeline

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers won’t oppose the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s request for a temporary work stoppage on part of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe has requested a halt to the construction of a 2-mile stretch of the pipeline near Lake Oahe, North Dakota, to prevent the destruction of sacred and culturally significant sites. ...

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Iceland hosts energy branding conference Sept. 19-21

Blue Lagoon, geothermal spa

The electricity market has moved from regulation to competition meaning that consumers have an added influence. The most effective way of communicating with them is through a well-designed, strong brand. This is opening up new opportunities, both for the utilities and the customers. All marketing efforts need to rely on strong brand work to be efficient and effective. CHARGE – The World’s First Energy Branding ...

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Mexico wonders why its president is meeting with Trump

Mexico, Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto awoke to a storm of criticism from Mexicans over his decision to meet Wednesday with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is widely reviled in Mexico for referring to its migrants as “rapists” and criminals. Former first lady Margarita Zavala, herself a potential presidential candidate, aimed a tweet at Trump, saying: “Even ...

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Report: Iran detains Greek national for smuggled oil tankers

oil tanker, Iran, smugglers

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian state-run daily is reporting that authorities in Tehran have detained a Greek national they accuse of embezzling money from smuggled oil and selling three oil tankers for $100 million. The report on Thursday in the IRAN newspaper suggests the Greek national was involved in smuggling Iranian crude oil while economic sanctions were imposed over ...

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