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Lawmakers forge gas tax plan; panned by Christie’s office

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The state’s Democratic legislative leaders announced Friday they have agreed on a new plan to fund transportation projects by boosting the state’s gas tax and cutting other taxes, a proposal immediately criticized by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s office as containing only “vague generalities.” Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the proposal a ...

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Canadian energy company says crude oil has leaked into river

oil spill, Saskatchewan river

MAIDSTONE, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian energy company Husky Energy says between 52,834 gallons (200,000 liters) and 66,043 gallons (250,000 liters) of crude oil and other material has leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in west-central Canada. Husky Energy said Friday that booms are being used in an effort to contain the spill, which leaked Thursday morning near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan ...

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Workers: Force majeure at ExxonMobil Nigeria may last weeks

Nigeria pipeline attack

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — The force majeure — or freedom from contractual obligations because of extraordinary circumstances — declared by ExxonMobil on Nigeria’s largest crude stream could last a month because of extensive damage to its 300,000 barrel-a-day Qua Iboe export terminal, workers of the U.S.-based oil giant told The Associated Press on Friday. ExxonMobil has denied that militants bombed ...

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Exxon Mobil to buy InterOil for $2.5 billion

Exxon Mobil

DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. emerged Thursday as the winning bidder for InterOil Corp., which has natural gas holdings in Papua New Guinea. Exxon said it will pay $2.5 billion for InterOil in a deal that will complement its large liquefied natural gas facility in the country. Exxon hopes to capitalize on growing demand for cleaner fuels in Asia. ...

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North Dakota fuel tax revenue drops with economic slowdown

"Traffic generates revenue," Transportation Director Grant Levi told the Legislature's interim Transportation Committee. Agency data showed North Dakota traffic down 20,000 from 2014. Photo: Daniel R. Blume via Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fuel tax collections for North Dakota’s Transportation Department are tanking with fewer vehicles on the road due to the state’s economic slowdown, the agency’s director said Thursday. North Dakota has a 23-cents-a-gallon tax on motor fuel, which has not been raised since 2005 and is a nickel less than the national average. Each penny of North ...

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