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  1. Oil and Gas: Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

      CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline , a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance. They aren't deterred by the threat of flooding, nor by declarations from state and federal authorities that they must leave by Wednesday or face possible arrest. They're determined to remain and fight a pipeline they maintain threatens the very sanctity of the land. "If we don't stand now, when will we?" said Tiffanie Pieper, of San Diego, who has been in the camp most of the winter. Protesters have been at the campsite since August to fight the $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners began work on the last big section of the pipeline this month after the Army gave it permission to lay pipe under a reservoir on the Missouri River. The protest camp is on Army Corps of Engineers land nearby. The protests have been led by Native American tribes, particularly the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, whose reservation is downstream. They say the pipeline threatens drinking water and cultural sites. ETP disputes that. Faced with the prospect of spring flooding, some protesters are considering moving to higher ground, though not necessarily off the federal land. Some may move to the Standing Rock Reservation, where the Cheyenne River Sioux is leasing land to provide camping space even though Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault has urged protesters to leave. "We have the same goals," Cheyenne River Chairman Harold Frazier said of himself and Archambault. "We don't agree on whether or not the water protectors should be on the ground." On Monday, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum talked with Archambault on the telephone about efforts to clean up and vacate the protest camp, Burgum's office said. Burgum and Archambault both stressed the importance of keeping lines of communication open, including a one-page flyer that the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs will distribute in the camp, reminding protesters that the main camp will be evacuated at 2 p.m. Wednesday and re-entry will not be allowed, Burgum's office said. Archambault said Monday he continues to ask that there be no forced removal of remaining campers. He said the state has notified the tribe that law enforcement will enter the camp Wednesday and "will peacefully ask those to vacate." "We ask that everyone keep public safety their top priority at this time," Archambault said in an email to The Associated Press. More than 230 truckloads of debris have been hauled out as of Monday, according to the governor's office. Archambault said plans call for continuing the cleanup after Wednesday. Those urging the protesters to leave say they're concerned about possible flooding in the area as snow melts. "The purpose of this is to close the land to ensure no one gets harmed," said Corps Capt. Ryan Hignight. One concern is that floodwaters could wash tons of trash and debris at the encampment into the nearby rivers. "One of the biggest environmental threats to the Missouri is the camp itself," Burgum said. Many in camp think authorities are exaggerating the flood threat and trying to turn public sentiment against them. "They're talking like it will be a flood that will wipe out all of existence," said Luke Black Elk, a Cheyenne River Sioux from South Dakota. Some flooding is likely, he said, but "most of it won't be that bad." The camp has been the site of numerous and sometimes violent clashes between police and protesters who call themselves "water protectors," with more than 700 arrests. The camp's population has dwindled as the pipeline battle has largely moved into the courts. Protesters who remain say they're prepared to be arrested, but will remain peaceful. "We'll make it difficult for them to handcuff us, but there will be no forceful opposition," said Bryce Peppard, from Oregon. The Corps and the governor say they would rather there were no arrests. "The ideal situation is zero arrests are made because everybody figures out that it's not a place where you want to be when the flood starts to happen," Burgum said.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  2. Oil and Gas: Firefighters knock down blaze at California oil refinery

    An explosion and fire erupted Saturday at a California oil refinery, exactly two years after a blast that crippled the plant and led to higher gasoline prices, authorities said.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  3. Natural Gas Pipeline: Official recommends Pinelands Commission approve pipeline

    The New Jersey commission considering a new gas pipeline through the Pinelands should approve the project when it meets next week, the panel's executive director said in a report.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  4. Gas Prices: New Jersey gas prices keeping flat after weeks of falling

    Motorists are seeing prices at the pumps in New Jersey hold steady.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  1. Oil and Gas: 1 killed, 3 injured in Saudi Aramco oil pipeline leak

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  2. Oil & Gas: Modern underwater icon on permanent display

    The exhibition is the first in Europe to offer an insight into the current state-of-art technology used in the oil, gas and wind energy sectors at sea, and provides a setting for innovative courses, research and education.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  3. Oil and Gas: ND governor, tribal leader discuss camp cleanup, evacuation

    North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has talked with Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault about efforts to clean up and vacate a camp protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  4. Liquefied natural gas exports expected to drive growth in U.S. natural gas trade

    The United States is expected to become a net exporter of natural gas on an average annual basis by 2018, according to the recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2017 Reference case.

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  5. Natural Gas Pipeline: $3.2B Sabal Trail pipeline on target for June operation

    A 515-mile-long natural gas pipeline under construction in east Alabama is on target to begin operation in June.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  6. Oil and Gas: Deadline to leave pipeline protest camp won't be extended

    The Army Corps of Engineers said it won't extend a Wednesday deadline for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to vacate their encampment on federal land in North Dakota.

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  7. Coal News: Thai gov't panel approves coal plant in popular tourist area

    A government committee has approved construction of an 800-megawatt coal power plant near pristine beaches on the Andaman Sea, Thailand's prime minister said Friday.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  8. Oil and Gas: Army formally ends study of disputed pipeline crossing

    The Army has formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline's disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

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