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BP Warns That Russian Sanctions Will Impact Profits

July 29, 2014 | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.                           

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Kurdish Oil Stopped At Texas Port

July 29, 2014 5:08 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast amid concerns independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq's fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive.

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Clean Air Criticism Flies From Both Sides

July 29, 2014 4:30 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, RAY HENRY, Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.                         

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Attorney Claims Oklahoma Drilling Tax Unconstitutional

July 29, 2014 4:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional. Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills.

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Govt. Failed To Inspect Chemical Plants With High Terror Risk

July 29, 2014 4:22 pm | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | Comments

The year-long investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006.

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NTSB Releases Report From Conrail Derailment & Gas Leak

July 29, 2014 3:31 pm | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | Comments

Systemic errors led to a 2012 train derailment in New Jersey that released a dangerous gas into the air, sickening residents and emergency responders, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in a scathing report.

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Oil Refinery Fire Injures 4

July 29, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Four workers at an oil refinery in southeast Kansas were burned Tuesday in an early morning fire, the Texas company said.                                    

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Severstal Faces Emissions Fines

July 29, 2014 3:26 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.                    

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Hundreds Line Up To Discuss EPA Carbon Rules

July 29, 2014 10:00 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of people will tell the Environmental Protection Agency what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver.                                  

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Closing The Largest Coal Plant In The West

July 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | Comments

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.

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Fish Processing Plant Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Hurt

July 28, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say one person died and three others were injured in an explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.                                     

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Illinois Coal Exports Dip

July 28, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says that about 12 million tons of Illinois coal was exported in 2013. That's down from the 13 million tons exported in 2012, but far more than the 5.5 million tons exported in 2011 and 2.5 million tons in 2010. 

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Coal-Export Towns Fight Rising Seas

July 28, 2014 3:44 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic exports more coal — and the heat-trapping pollution that comes with it — than any place in the U.S. At the same time, cities like Norfolk are already experiencing one of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the country.

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Industrial Fire Cleanup Could Take Months

July 28, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cleanup efforts continue at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota. The EPA On-Scene Coordinator said it would not surprise him if it took two months to clean up the site in Williston, though workers are hoping it will be quicker.

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North Dakota Refinery Almost Complete

July 28, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Construction of an oil refinery near Dickinson is about three-fourths complete, and most of the jobs that will be created there have already been filled.                                   

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Tyson To Sell Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Tyson Foods plans to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt from its recently announced acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                            

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