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Judge drops charge against ‘Democracy Now’ reporter

pipeline protest, charges

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — “Democracy Now!” reporter Amy Goodman won’t face a riot charge stemming from her coverage of a protest against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, with a judge saying Monday that there was no cause for it. Judge John Grinsteiner refused to sign off on the misdemeanor riot charge, which prosecutor Ladd Erickson ...

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Power restored to tens of thousands in Los Angeles County

power outage, Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power was restored to tens of thousands of customers following an outage early Tuesday across several communities in Los Angeles County that briefly knocked a major oil refinery offline, officials said. The cause of the Southern California Edison power loss in Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Hawthorne, Gardena and Torrance was under investigation. The refinery operated by ...

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Laborers union applauds Dakota Access pipeline ruling

Dakota Access, pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s congressional delegation and a laborers union are applauding a federal appeals court ruling allowing construction to continue on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. The ruling Sunday clears the way for pipeline work to resume within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline is otherwise nearly complete. The ...

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North Dakota taps Wisconsin deputies for Dakota Access help

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say Wisconsin is lending law enforcement resources to authorities responding to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. Officials said Friday that Wisconsin will provide up to 40 sworn sheriffs’ deputies from Dane County and the surrounding area to support the Morton County Sheriff’s Office in North Dakota. Officers will assist for up to 21-day ...

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US rig count up 2 this week to 524

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 524. A year ago, 795 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 428 rigs sought oil and 94 explored for natural gas ...

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Port Fourchon to expand for deepwater rig operations

offshore drilling, Port Fourchon

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The Greater Lafourche Port Commission says agreements have been reach that will advance a plan to develop the Gulf’s first purpose-built, deepwater rig repair and refurbishment facility to service the oil and gas industry. Chett Chiasson, Port Commission executive director, said in a news release the agreement is with the Edward Wisner Donation, granting the ...

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British government OKs fracking at 1 site despite opposition

Britain fracking

LONDON (AP) — The British government has approved fracking at a site in northern England despite opposition from the local county council. The landmark decision by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid Thursday means the shale company Cuadrilla will be able to proceed with plans to develop a site in Fylde, 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of London. The government stopped short ...

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