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  • Gasoline prices would rise by about 8 to 14 cents a gallon, if the ban were lifted, because the move would boost the price for domestic oil, according to the report by Stancil& Co.. But a full lifting of the ban faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers in Congress are wary about being blamed for a rise in gasoline prices, even if any boost is unrelated to oil exports.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. July 15 was the deadline for roughly 500 local governments in five states to decide whether to accept BP's settlement offers as...

  • TransCanada Corp. and other interested parties offered opening statements and witness testimony began before the Public Utilities Commission in the hearing process that is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4. The state initially authorized TransCanada's project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years.

  • BEIJING— A Chinese court says it has accepted a case brought by a social organization against oil giants ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over oil spills in northern China in 2011.. In June 2011, oil spills from an oilfield jointly owned by Houston- based ConocoPhillips' Chinese subsidiary and CNOOC, China's main offshore oil and gas...

  • YANGON, Myanmar— From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. The trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with captives of a brutal Southeast Asian trafficking ring whose catch reaches the United States. After a four-month investigation, The Associated Press has found that at least...

  • AMES, Iowa, July 26- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Sunday for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within her first decade in office. "I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency," Clinton...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised on Sunday to push for a dramatic increase in renewable power production, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within 10 years of taking office. Clinton will discuss the proposals during a campaign stop on Monday at an...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica— The U.S. Virgin Islands' environmental agency plans to file a violation order against two rum producers on St. Jamal Nielsen, spokesman for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, said authorities are "in the process of crafting a violation order" against Cruzan Rum and Diageo USVI, a subsidiary of global liquor giant Diageo PLC that...

  • PIERRE, S.D.— State regulators this week will consider whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately. The state initially authorized TransCanada Corp.' s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if...

  • Q&A: A look at Shell Oil and Arctic offshore drilling Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 3:33 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Shell Oil drill vessels are heading to the Arctic. Royal Dutch Shell and other companies want to tap into U.S. Offshore Alaska offers some of the most prolific, undeveloped hydrocarbon basins in the world, potentially increasing domestic supply by over 1 million new barrels of oil per day, according to Shell.

  • Damaged Shell icebreaker arrives in Oregon for repairs Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 2:06 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Environmental activists in Portland are protesting the arrival of the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project after it's repaired. The damaged ship, a 380- foot icebreaker, arrived at a Swan Island dry dock about 3 a.m. Saturday. Environmental groups had wanted the Obama administration to...

  • With authorities at the Jamaica- based International Seabed Authority issuing exploration contracts, alarmed conservationists are warning that the deep ocean's fragile biodiversity must be protected and not nearly enough is known about the risks of extracting minerals from seabeds. "The pace of activity has increased dramatically over the last five...

  • San Francisco's pee-repellent public walls Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 3:50 PM ET
    Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, talks about the features of a public toilet at the Tenderloin Pit Stop as he is interviewed in San Francisco, March 19, 2015.

    Public urination has become enough of a problem in San Francisco that the city plans to cover public walls with a paint that repels pee.

  • When water scarcity becomes bad for business Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 2:38 PM ET
    A footbridge spans a completely dry river bed in Porterville, Calif.

    Competition for water is forcing companies and governments to treat water as a more precious resource than they have in the past.

  • Re-trial date to be set next week for ex-BP engineer Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week. Federal prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The New Orleans- based federal judge...

  • House passes anti-GMO labeling law Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 7:13 PM ET
    The U.S. Capitol building

    The House of Representatives passed an anti-GMO labeling law, a win for food and agricultural companies.

  • California withholds findings on oilfield contamination Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:53 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California oil-and-gas regulators have refused for nearly a year to release findings of what they termed a "highest-priority" investigation of possible oilfield contamination into the water aquifers that serve millions of people in and around Los Angeles. A separate, state-commissioned report by the California Council on Science and...

  • The country cutting carbon emissions—with US shale Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:20 PM ET
    A network of insulated pipes carry liquefied natural gas from ships to giant storage tanks at Sempra Energy's Costa Azul terminal north of Ensenada, Mexico.

    Mexico is buying a lot of natural gas from the United States, and that may help it achieve ambitious climate goals.

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. House passes anti-GMO labeling law Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:15 PM ET

    July 23- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont. It is an attack on transparency,' said Representative John Conyers Jr., a Democrat, in floor debate.

  • July 23- The U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote Thursday on a hotly debated measure that would block mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont. It sailed through the House Agriculture Committee last week. It is an attack on transparency,' said...