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U.S. factory orders weak, but auto sales brighten economic outlook

WASHINGTON – New orders for U.S. factory goods fell in April as demand for transportation equipment and other goods weakened, suggesting that manufacturing remained constrained by a strong dollar and spending cuts in the energy sector. But the outlook for manufacturing and the broader economy got a lift from another report on Tuesday showing automobile sales in May on track ...

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Things to know about the California oil spill

LOS ANGELES — Cleanup crews continued to mop up oil-stained beaches along California’s Central Coast two weeks after an onshore underground pipeline ruptured, leaking thousands of gallons of crude into the Pacific. The May 19 spill occurred along the same stretch of Santa Barbara County coast as the devastating oil platform blowout in 1969 that galvanized the environmental movement. While ...

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Amid fracking boom, cities fear explosive safety risk it can carry

CHICAGO – While the global fracking boom has stabilized North America’s energy prices, Chicago — America’s third largest city and the busiest crossroads of the nation’s railroad network — has become ground zero for the debate over heavy crude moved by oil trains. With the Windy City experiencing a 4,000 percent increase in oil-train traffic since 2008, Chicago and its ...

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Pa. shale gas owners press for clear data on royalty statements

Property owners who collect royalty checks from shale gas drillers are not satisfied with scoring just one legislative victory last year that requires the companies to report well production information monthly. “We think this was a huge improvement,” Jackie Root, president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners, said as the change from six-month intervals began ...

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Bring your pet to work day: Oil field edition

Bring your pet to work day is typically something that occurs in places where people are stuck at a desk, slaving away on the computer and sitting for hours in an uncomfortable chair through conference call after conference call.  Well today, that all changes.  We are going straight to the oilfields and showing off the industry’s best “rig pets.” After ...

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Alberta wildfires burn for 6th day, 10 pct of oil sands crude offline

CALGARY, Alberta – Firefighters battled wildfires in northern Alberta, Canada’s biggest crude-producing region, for a sixth day on Thursday, with two blazes near oil sands facilities still out of control. The wildfires have forced producers in the Western Canadian province, the largest source of U.S. crude imports, to shut in 233,000 barrels per day of crude production, around 10 percent ...

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Citizens push for city ordinance to ban fracking waste disposal

FAYETTEVILLE – While acknowledging local permitting for injection wells in Fayette County is a step in the right direction, citizens want the disposal banned through a county-wide ordinance. “We, the people here and of Fayette County, are demanding an ordinance,” said Brandon Richardson. To this date, Danny Webb Construction is operating without a permit and has polluted the soils and ...

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