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Alberta to have plan within 2 weeks for returning evacuees

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Alberta will have a plan within two weeks for getting residents of the wildfire-ravaged oil sands capital Fort McMurray back into their homes, even as fire conditions were forecast to worsen, the province’s municipal affairs minister said Thursday. Danielle Larivee told reporters she realizes how difficult it is for evacuees — thousands of them in the ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 9,850 barrels daily in March

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production decreased by about 9,850 barrels a day in March. The agency says the state produced an average of 1.09 million barrels of oil daily in March. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North Dakota also produced a record 1.70 billion cubic ...

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Push to start Dakota Access pipeline construction meets firm opposition

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Opponents of a proposed oil pipeline slated to run through four Midwestern states pressed Iowa regulators Thursday to keep a Texas-based petroleum company from starting construction before all federal permits are approved. Dakota Access planned on beginning construction by now on the 1,150-mile pipeline that’s designed to carry a half-million barrels of oil a day ...

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Hundreds of bags of trash picked up along oil patch highway

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say more than 1,800 bags of trash were picked up by hundreds of volunteers along the major north-south highway corridor in North Dakota’s oil patch. The Bismarck Tribune reports the cleanup of U.S. Highway 85 from Bowman to Williston occurred last week. State Department of Transportation district engineer Larry Gangl says the 169-mile stretch of the oil ...

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Public hearing set on proposed $55 million oil pipeline

KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) — The public is getting a chance to weigh in on an oil pipeline proposed in McKenzie and Dunn counties. The State Public Service Commission is holding a hearing Wednesday in Killdeer on the project proposed by BOE Pipeline LLC. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Mountain time in City Hall. Regulators say the 42-mile-long, 16-inch-diameter pipeline ...

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Mixture of loss, hope for Canadian town hit by wildfire

Canada, wildfire, Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Charred bicycles lean on a fence in front of incinerated townhomes. Just across the street, a school and playground are untouched. Across this Canadian oil sand town, the contrast is repeated: neighborhoods that burned to their foundations, while other neighborhoods, strip malls, car dealerships, schools and hospitals are still standing. Nearly a week after people ...

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Putin inaugurates final power link to Crimea

Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s president has flipped the switch to open the last of four electricity lines to Crimea aimed at allowing the Russia-annexed peninsula to end its reliance on Ukrainian power. The line from the Russian mainland that Vladimir Putin inaugurated on Wednesday brings Russia’s electricity supply to Crimea to 800 megawatts a day. Russia annexed Crimea in March ...

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