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4 companies plead guilty to federal clean air violations

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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Four companies have pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a total of $3.5 million for criminal clean air violations at two Southeast Texas oil and chemical processing facilities. Papers filed in federal court Wednesday in Beaumont show KTX Limited and KTX Properties Inc. pleaded guilty to negligently releasing hazardous air pollutants in a tank explosion at ...

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North Dakota taps Wisconsin deputies for Dakota Access help

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say Wisconsin is lending law enforcement resources to authorities responding to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. Officials said Friday that Wisconsin will provide up to 40 sworn sheriffs’ deputies from Dane County and the surrounding area to support the Morton County Sheriff’s Office in North Dakota. Officers will assist for up to 21-day ...

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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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Port Fourchon to expand for deepwater rig operations

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PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The Greater Lafourche Port Commission says agreements have been reach that will advance a plan to develop the Gulf’s first purpose-built, deepwater rig repair and refurbishment facility to service the oil and gas industry. Chett Chiasson, Port Commission executive director, said in a news release the agreement is with the Edward Wisner Donation, granting the ...

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Dallas Fed: Oil and Gas Activity Rises in Third Quarter

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Surveys and reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are now available for the third quarter. The business activity index – the survey’s broadest measure of conditions facing Eleventh District energy firms – was up from 13.8 in the second quarter to 26.7. While the survey still shows weakness in both industry employment and production, it does show some ...

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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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Cheers and jeers: Americans tune into Trump-Clinton debate

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — From senior centers to college campuses and bars featuring campaign-themed cocktails, Americans laughed, cheered and jeered through the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Viewers tuned in Monday on their TVs, cellphones and radios to watch and listen to the showdown between the two major presidential candidates. Here are some of the scenes across ...

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Shell Nigeria refuses to confirm oil militants’ attack

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WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Shell Nigeria refused Monday to confirm a report by the Niger Delta Avengers militant group that it has bombed the company’s Bonny oil pipeline and again crippled its exports. Friday night’s bombing breaks a month-long ceasefire between militant groups and the government and comes days after repairs from an earlier attack had allowed Shell’s exports to ...

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