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Offshore oil disaster in Azerbaijan leaves 1 dead, 9 missing

Azerbaijani oil officials say one worker has been killed and nine others are missing after part of their offshore oil installation broke off in strong winds.


Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths

The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years – even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally …


California governor seeks permanent ban on offshore drilling

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday asked President Barack Obama to permanently ban new offshore oil and gas drilling in the state before he leaves office.


Trump taps Rick Perry to head Energy Department

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two individuals familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an …


Trump team asks about Hanford, national labs

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has asked about the Hanford vitrification plant in a questionnaire circulated at the Department of Energy, along with questions about the work of national laboratories …


Trump team’s asking for ways to keep nuclear power alive

President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers are looking at ways in which the U.S. government could help nuclear power generators being forced out of the electricity market by cheaper natural gas and …


Riverstone completes $1.8 billion buyout of Talen Energy, co-owner of Montana’s Costrip power plant

Riverstone Holdings LLC has completed its $1.8 billion purchase of Talen Energy Corp., the Pennsylvania company that is the operator and co-owner of Montana’s Colstrip power plant.


Pipeline delays cost builder millions, risking contract loss

The completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been delayed after the U.S. Army declined to grant an easement for the final few thousand feet under a Missouri River …


Saudi Arabia switches OPEC tack with eye on world’s top IPO

To understand why Saudi Arabia changed course and decided OPEC should go back to managing supply, look at two of the kingdom’s biggest policy challenges: the urgent need to plug …


USGS records 5 earthquakes overnight in northern Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded five small earthquakes in northern Oklahoma, including a magnitude 3.9 temblor near Pawnee where the state’s largest earthquake was recorded in September.


Trump supports Dakota Pipeline and will review Obama’s rejection

The Dakota Access Pipeline should be approved and President-elect Donald Trump will review the decision to deny a permit for the project once it takes office, a spokesman for Trump’s …


Proposed Kalama methanol plant gets preliminary air permit

A $1 billion methanol plant proposed for the Port of Kalama in southwest Washington has received a key preliminary permit from air-quality regulators.


Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on …


Indonesia backs out of OPEC amid production cut

Indonesia has temporarily withdrawn from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) following the group’s decision to cut production by 1.2 million barrels of oil per day (bopd) next …


Coal-export project called ‘flawed’ by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has criticized as inadequate a draft study the Army Corps of Engineers did on a proposed coal-export project in Washington state.


EPA to keep strict gas mileage standards in place

The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.


OPEC agrees to cut output to push up oil price

OPEC has agreed to cut its oil production for the first time in eight years in an effort to boost crude prices.


Saudi-Iran rivalries could scuttle tentative OPEC deal

Up to this week, chances that OPEC countries would agree to their first cut in output in eight years were looking good. Now, not so much.


Order to disperse could have little effect on oil pipeline protest camp

A government order for protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline to leave federal land could have little immediate effect on the encampment where scores of people have been gathered for …


Oil pipeline: Trump’s stock in company raises concern

President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump’s investments could affect any decision he makes on the …


City weighs key permit for oil terminal on Washington coast

As the small city of Hoquiam considers a key permit for a proposed terminal that would store and move millions of barrels of crude oil through Grays Harbor, opponents are …


Tribe calls for pipeline opponents to boycott Bismarck

The leader of the Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota is urging all opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to boycott businesses in North Dakota’s capital city.


Saudis said to quit Russia talks as OPEC deal no closer

Saudi Arabia pulled out of planned talks with non-OPEC nations including Russia as disagreements about how to share the burden of supply cuts stood in the way of a deal …


Iraq will participate in OPEC oil-production cuts, al-Abadi says

Iraq, the second-largest oil producer in OPEC, will shoulder part of the burden of output cuts outlined by the group in September, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said.


Vietnam formally scraps plans for first nuclear power plants

Vietnam’s legislature on Tuesday endorsed the government’s decision to scrap plans to build the country’s first two nuclear power plants.


U.S. stock indexes set records as oil prices jump

A jump in oil prices helped pull U.S. stocks to record highs Monday as investors continue to hope for a cut in oil production that could help prices go higher. …


Vladimir Putin optimistic about OPEC deal; Russia ready to freeze output

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he sees no obstacles to an OPEC agreement this month after oil exporters made major progress in overcoming differences as he reaffirmed Russia is willing …


Officers douse Dakota oil pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather

Authorities on Monday defended their decision to douse protesters with water during a skirmish in subfreezing weather near the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and organizers said at least 17 protesters …


Oil bets are biggest in 9 years amid OPEC, Trump volatility

Money managers, producers and consumers made the biggest bets on West Texas Intermediate crude prices in nine years, amid signals more volatility is coming.


Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.