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Death toll rises to 32 in Mexico petrochemical plant blast

Death toll rises to 32 in Mexico petrochemical plant blast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state oil company says that searchers have recovered four more bodies from a petrochemical plant wrecked by a huge explosion on the country’s Gulf coast, raising the death toll to 32. Petroleos Mexicanos said in a statement Sunday that rescuers with dogs had reached some of the area’s most affected by Wednesday’s blast and had ...

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24 dead in Mexico petrochemical plant blast, 8 still missing

24 dead in Mexico petrochemical plant blast, 8 still missing

COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — The death toll from an explosion that ripped through a petrochemical plant on Mexico’s southern Gulf coast is now 24, state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos reported. Pemex raised the toll late Thursday from the 13 fatalities previously known and said eight workers remained missing. It also said 19 people remained hospitalized, with 13 of them in ...

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Proposal: Use part of oil spill money for transportation

Historic 1938 Pratt through truss bridge over McCall Creek in Franklin County, Mississippi. (Image: cmh2315fl via Flickr)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Part of Mississippi’s oil spill settlement money would be set aside to help pay for transportation improvements statewide, under a proposal that moved through the House but is likely to stall in the Senate. The plan came from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, who presented it as a way to pay for ...

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The Latest: Tornado cleanup underway in Louisiana

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes along the Gulf Coast and damage along the East Coast (all times local): February 24, 2016. 3:30 p.m. Residents in LaPlace, Louisiana, are cleaning up after a tornado ripped through the area. The hum of chain saws could be heard as people got to work Wednesday ...

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Louisiana editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ____ Feb. 10 The Times-Picayune on offshore oil revenue: There are some numbers that everybody concerned about Louisiana’s eroding coast knows offhand. Every 38 minutes, the state loses about a football-field-sized chunk of land. In 2017, the state is scheduled to receive 37.5 percent of the royalties that come from offshore oil and gas exploration ...

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Rigell leads the chorus on offshore drilling, but not all businesses sing along

VIRGINIA BEACH — Exposing a rift within the region’s business community over the prospects of drilling for gas and oil off Virginia’s coast, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum Monday touting the potential economic bonanza from drilling. There’s a chance to develop new jobs in cybersecurity, biomedical products, and computer modeling and simulation as the region struggles ...

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BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

BATON ROUGE, La. — Clusters of landlocked municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for lost tourism dollars and other economic damage from the company’s 2010 oil spill, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. This week, BP finished making approximately $687.4 ...

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Oil-rich Alberta lifts levy on carbon output, ups target for cuts

CALGARY, Alberta – Oil-rich Alberta will raise the cost of greenhouse-gas emissions for large industrial plants and boost targets for emission cuts as its new government took action on Thursday to strengthen the Canadian province’s environmental reputation. Alberta is the largest source of U.S. oil imports, and its oil sands plants are Canada’s fastest-growing source of carbon-dioxide emissions. The province ...

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U.S. industrial natural gas usage falls unexpectedly

(Repeats story first published late on Friday.) * U.S. industrial gas demand off 1 pct in 2015 from 2014 June 19 (Reuters) – U.S. manufacturers have not soaked up as much excess shale gas in the first half of 2015 as expected, but the shortfall may be an anomaly as a Gulf Coast manufacturing boom is poised to insulate the ...

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Ferrellgas to buy Dallas energy company for $837.5 million

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Propane retailer Ferrellgas Partners L.P. on Monday announced a definitive agreement to purchase Dallas-based Bridger Logistics LLC for about $837.5 million, as it seeks to expand in the crude oil business. Ferrellgas, based in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan., and known for its Blue Rhino portable propane tanks, said Bridger’s owners will receive ...

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