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Payments from 2012 BP settlement $7.9 billion so far

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. (Image: Petty Officer 2nd class Justin Stumberg via Wikipedia)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The office that processes claims for businesses and people who suffered economic losses from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it has approved payments totaling $8.5 billion as of June 30. Of that, $7.9 billion in claims has been paid. The figures are in the latest federal court filing from Michael Juneau, the administrator ...

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China’s nuclear power ambitions sailing into troubled waters

China, nuclear energy

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ambitions to become a pioneer in nuclear energy are sailing into troubled waters. Two state-owned companies plan to develop floating nuclear reactors, a technology engineers have been considering since the 1970s for use by oil rigs or island communities. Beijing is racing Russia, which started developing its own in 2007, to get a unit into commercial ...

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Massacres leave 16 dead in neighboring Mexican states

pemex pipeline theft, massacres

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two massacres have left at least 16 people dead in the neighboring Mexican states of Michoacan and Guerrero. A statement from the Michoacan state prosecutors’ office said nine burned bodies were found inside an SUV in the municipality of Cuitzeo in an area with pipelines run by state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos. Prosecutors said there were ...

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DOE estimates lower cost for Los Alamos cleanup

New Mexico to roll out cleanup proposal for federal lab

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has estimated the cost of cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory at about $1 billion less than estimates provided by New Mexico officials earlier this year. The Department of Energy says it will cost about $2.9 billion through 2035 to clean up decades of radioactive and hazardous waste left over from nuclear ...

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Cities turn to local action to block oil trains

oil trains, crude by rail, Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — As crude oil trains began rolling through its downtown a few years ago, Spokane was among the first cities to pass a resolution calling for stronger federal safety regulations. But when a mile-long train derailed in the scenic Columbia River Gorge along the Oregon-Washington border last month — after earlier passing through this major railroad hub in ...

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Libya army commander threatens to target oil tankers

Libyan national oil company chief Mustafa Sanalla reacts during an interview in London, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The head of Libya’s state oil corporation is appealing for political factions to forge a unity government, saying that without a single government there will be “neither security nor stability. Mustafa Sanalla believes that the country will become a failed state without action soon.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s chief of staff on Tuesday threatened to target foreign oil tankers if they entered territorial waters, after a controversial deal was struck between the United Nations envoy and a militia commander in control of the oil terminals. The agreement between U.N. Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler and militia leader Ibrahim Jedran, has been widely criticized ...

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In Dallas, burgeoning movement overshadowed by shooting

Dallas activists

DALLAS (AP) — The leadership of the Next Generation Action Network drove all night from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, arriving in Dallas early on July 7, just hours before the start of their hastily arranged march that ended in the worst attack on law enforcement since 9/11. Dominique Alexander, a 27-year-old Baptist preacher and the civil rights group’s founder, said that ...

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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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