Two small spills from Dakota Access pipeline reported

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents in March — the second and third known leaks discovered as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation. Two barrels, or 84 gallons (320 liters), spilled due to a leaky …

Hilcorp plugs pipeline leak in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Divers have placed a clamp over a hole in an underwater Alaska pipeline, stopping the flow of millions of cubic feet of natural gas into Cook Inlet, home to endangered beluga whales. Hilcorp Alaska LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp, announced Friday that divers Thursday night covered a gash at the bottom of …

EPA chief tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’

SYCAMORE, Pa. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the American way, grow jobs and show the rest of the world how it’s done,” …

Investment in renewable energy dips globally as prices fall

BERLIN — Global investments in renewable energy fell by almost a quarter in 2016 amid a drop in prices and lower spending in some markets, according to a U.N.-backed report published Thursday. Overall investments reached $241.6 billion last year, down from $312.2 billion in 2015, said the United Nations Environment Program. But investors got more …

Trump to approve Keystone XL pipeline, senior officials say

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, after the State Department delivers a positive recommendation to start construction on a long-delayed project that has served as a flashpoint in the debate about climate change. Two senior officials said Tom Shannon, the undersecretary of state for …

Wood Group PSN to pay penalties in connection with fatal offshore platform fire

NEW ORLEANS  — An oil industry services company will pay $9.5 million in penalties for Gulf of Mexico safety violations and for pollution from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers. The penalties against Houston-based Wood Group PSN were announced Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department in Washington and U.S. attorneys in New …

McDermott, Quanta, Helix report earnings

McDermott reports loss McDermott International Inc. has reported a loss of $476,000 in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Houston-based company said Tuesday it had a loss of less than 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 2 cents per share. The maker of offshore drilling platforms posted revenue of $641.8 million …

Pipeline explodes in South Texas

REFUGIO —  — A natural gas pipeline has exploded in South Texas, in a fiery display that lit up the sky and could be seen for miles. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley says the explosion occurred early Wednesday near Refugio (ray-FYOO’-ee-oh), a rural community north of Corpus Christi, about 15 miles from …

Feds respond to Gulf pipeline leak

CAMERON, La. — Federal regulators say a pipeline is leaking natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to the leak in waters roughly 30 miles southwest of Cameron, Louisiana. It was reported Wednesday afternoon by offshore …

T. Boone Pickens recovering from ‘mini-stroke’

DALLAS — Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is recovering after suffering a mini-stroke last month. Jay Rosser, Pickens’ chief of staff, said in an email Monday the mini-stroke happened a few days before Christmas and Pickens was hospitalized for a few days. Rosser says Pickens’ speech was affected by the mini-stroke, but not severely, and …

Gulf platform fire extinguished; no injuries reported

A pre-dawn fire has been extinguished on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is no sign of pollution in the area, authorities said Thursday. The blaze was reported about 2:30 a.m. Thursday on the platform about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and was extinguished nearly four hours later, …

Halliburton to hire 200 workers in Permian Basin

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Oil services company Halliburton has announced plans to bring about 200 jobs to the Permian Basin, an area which covers southeast New Mexico and parts of western Texas. The Current-Argus reports that Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir says in a Wednesday statement there will be job opportunities in various parts of the basin, …

EPA: ‘Data gaps’ block verdict on fracking, drinking water

WASHINGTON — Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas poses a risk to drinking water in some circumstances, but a lack of information precludes a definitive statement on how severe the risk is, the Environmental Protection Agency says in a new report that raises more questions than answers. The report removes a finding …

Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

TORONTO — Canada announced Monday it plans phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030. The move is in stark contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to revive the American coal industry. Environment Minister Kathleen McKenna said the goal is to make sure 90 percent of Canada’s electricity comes from sustainable sources by that …

Police, protesters clash at Dakota Access Pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. — Tension flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas. Sunday’s skirmishes began around 6 p.m. after protesters removed …