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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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Senate’s odd couple forge unlikely alliance on environment

Senate, Barbara Boxer, Inhoffe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oddest of Senate odd couples — California Democrat Barbara Boxer and Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe — have accomplished something highly unusual in this bitter election year: significant, bipartisan legislation on the environment that has become law. Boxer, a staunch liberal, calls climate change the “greatest challenge to hit the planet,” battles against offshore drilling, rails about ...

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Gov. Charlie Baker to sign order to help curb climate change

climate change, global warming

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order designed to limit the state’s contribution to global climate change. Baker says the order he plans to sign on Friday will lay out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change. The Republican said ...

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Pipeline protest site a city unto itself with school, meals

pipeline protest site, Dakota Access, teepee school

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — Tribal flags, horses, tents, hand-built shelters and teepees dominate one of the biggest, newest communities in North Dakota, built in a valley on federal land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. It’s a semi-permanent, sprawling gathering with a new school for dozens of children and an increasingly organized ...

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US rig count down 2 this week to 506

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 506. A year ago, 842 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 416 rigs sought oil and 89 explored for natural gas ...

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Wisconsin guard, tribal member Koenig joins pipeline protest

Dakota Access, Energy Transfer Partners

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A proud Ho-Chunk Nation member, Bronson Koenig has been speaking out about his Native American heritage since his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, long before public displays of social consciousness by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, soccer player Megan Rapinoe and other NFL players. Like Kaepernick, the senior point guard believes it’s time to put ...

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