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US rig count up 2 this week to 524

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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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I never used to believe testimonials until I became one

spray foam insulation

As an industrial writer, I run across case studies and case histories for companies I work with all the time. Most of the time I take those with a grain of salt, figuring a company isn’t going to tout a case study when their product didn’t work. So I was intrigued when I was asked to write a story about ...

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AP Explains: What does OPEC’s tentative deal mean for oil?

OPEC

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC nations have agreed in theory that they need to reduce their production to help boost global oil prices during a meeting in Algeria, but a major disagreement between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran still may derail any cut. What happened to oil prices and why can’t OPEC agree to anything more binding? ...

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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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US not on track to meet 2025 carbon pollution cutting goal

carbon pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unless it does more, the United States probably will fall short of goals set under last year’s Paris agreement to dramatically reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases, according to a new study. The U.S. pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels. But taking into account current efforts by ...

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Clinton, Trump poised for must-see debate showdown

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — With millions watching and the American presidency on the line, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are poised for a must-see showdown Monday night, pitting the Democrat’s call for steady, experienced leadership against the Republican’s pugnacious promises to upend Washington. The 90-minute televised debate comes six weeks before Election Day and with early voting already getting underway ...

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