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Settlement reached in damages from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill

Yellowstone River, oil spill, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment settles claims from the U.S. and state governments that the 2011 spill harmed natural ...

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Swiss traders blame governments for dirty fuel in Africa

West Africa, dirty petrol, sulfur

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Swiss commodity traders accused of deliberately blending toxic fuel and dumping it in West Africa say African governments are to blame for low standards and failure to invest in refineries and newer vehicles to lower exhaust emissions that cause respiratory and other diseases. “What is very clear is that the role of improving fuel quality in ...

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Authorities: 44 cited, 1 jailed in Iowa pipeline protest

DAPL protest

SANDUSKY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say 44 people were cited and one person was jailed during a weekend protest intended to block construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline in southeast Iowa. Lee County Chief Deputy Sheriff Scott Bonar said Monday that 38 adults were cited for trespassing and released from the county jail after authorities removed them from ...

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Regulators solicit proposals for LNG storage in Maine

natural gas, manhole

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission is accepting proposals for a liquefied natural gas storage tank. The utility regulators issued a request for proposals late last week following a state law that gave them power to execute a contract to address wintertime shortages of natural gas. Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy says the panel looks forward to evaluating ...

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North Carolina governor says he’s working to keep gas moving

North Carolina gasoline supply, pipeline spill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he and other officials are working with fuel suppliers to monitor and quickly replenish gasoline supplies. McCrory’s office issued a statement Sunday night saying a pipeline repair in Alabama should soon have normal supplies flowing to North Carolina. The governor’s statement says state officials are working to make sure that ...

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