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Canada to ban rail cars involved in fiery crash

MONTREAL (AP) — Canada’s transport minister says the rail car model involved in a fiery crash that killed 47 people in Quebec three years ago will no longer be allowed to transport oil in Canada as of Nov. 1. Marc Garneau said Monday that older tankers, called DOT-111 cars, and a version jacketed with an extra layer of metal to ...

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Canadian energy company says crude oil has leaked into river

oil spill, Saskatchewan river

MAIDSTONE, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian energy company Husky Energy says between 52,834 gallons (200,000 liters) and 66,043 gallons (250,000 liters) of crude oil and other material has leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in west-central Canada. Husky Energy said Friday that booms are being used in an effort to contain the spill, which leaked Thursday morning near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan ...

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Workers: Force majeure at ExxonMobil Nigeria may last weeks

Nigeria pipeline attack

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — The force majeure — or freedom from contractual obligations because of extraordinary circumstances — declared by ExxonMobil on Nigeria’s largest crude stream could last a month because of extensive damage to its 300,000 barrel-a-day Qua Iboe export terminal, workers of the U.S.-based oil giant told The Associated Press on Friday. ExxonMobil has denied that militants bombed ...

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Vermont Gas pipeline hearing to be live streamed, press ok

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

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Public Service Board says it will live-stream a hearing next month on Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline project and allow members of the press to attend. Earlier this week the board announced that the Aug. 4 hearing wouldn’t take place in front of the public. The hearing is for legal arguments on whether regulators should ...

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Exxon Mobil to buy InterOil for $2.5 billion

Exxon Mobil

DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. emerged Thursday as the winning bidder for InterOil Corp., which has natural gas holdings in Papua New Guinea. Exxon said it will pay $2.5 billion for InterOil in a deal that will complement its large liquefied natural gas facility in the country. Exxon hopes to capitalize on growing demand for cleaner fuels in Asia. ...

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Turkmenistan abolishes agencies managing key gas industry

natural gas drilling rig

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan, which holds the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves that are the base of its economy, has abolished two of the primary government agencies responsible for the sector. The government newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan on Saturday said President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov had ordered the disbanding of the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the State Agency For Managing ...

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Militants blast pipeline; 1st attack in Nigeria’s southwest

nigerian oil militants, nigeria pipeline attack

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Police say oil militants have blown up a state-owned gas pipeline in the first such attack reported in Nigeria’s southwest. Oil militants have slashed Nigerian oil production with attacks this year on installations in the south. They seek a greater share of profits for residents who have lost livelihoods to industry pollution that has destroyed agriculture ...

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Power cut at 2 Puerto Rico cancer clinics amid unpaid bills

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s heavily indebted power company on Wednesday cut electricity at two cancer clinics because of unpaid bills. The Electric Power Authority said it previously sent several warnings to the two clinics located in Ponce, which is Puerto Rico’s second largest city and located along the island’s southern coast. Officials said they cut power ...

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Thousands of Venezuelans stream over border to Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Venezuelans streamed across bridges into Colombia over the weekend after Venezuela briefly lifted a year-old border closure to allow people to buy food and medicine. Colombian authorities said 35,000 Venezuelans made the trip Sunday during the 12-hour border opening. The dramatic scenes of the elderly and mothers storming Colombian supermarkets were a ...

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