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Western leaders gather in bid to isolate Russia

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama gathered with world leaders in a day of delicate diplomacy, as he sought to rally the international community Monday around efforts to isolate Russia following its incursion into Ukraine. Nuclear terrorism was the official topic as Obama and other world leaders streamed in to a convention center in The Hague for a ...

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Bakken Shale Prompts the Construction of the First North Dakota Oil Refineries in 60 Years

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media North Dakota will soon be home to two new refineries dedicated to processing crude oil extracted from the Bakken shale. Quantum Energy Inc. of Tempe, AZ announced on March 21 they had signed a purchase and sale agreement for 80 acres of land from Northstar Transloading LLC for construction of a new hydroskimming refinery. ...

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Residents: Quakes, fracking are linked

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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The first time Judy Pack felt the earth move, she was asleep in her house in rural Mahoning County, just a few houses from the Pennsylvania state line. A natural-gas processing plant had recently been built across the street; Hilcorp Energy, a Texas oil company, had started drilling and fracking for gas about 3 miles away. ...

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Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews armed with infrared cameras planned to work through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. Booms were brought ...

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Oil keeps fueling Odessa economic growth. But could that slow in coming months?

Corey Paul | The Odessa American Higher-than expected oil prices buoyed Odessa’s economy this year despite forecasts of flattening growth, according to the latest Odessa Economic Index by the Amarillo Economist Karr Ingham, released Friday. Ingham was one of those who had anticipated that job growth, building and other signs of the booming economy would slow down after years of ...

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