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    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Kansas gained two rigs while Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia and Wyoming each rose by one.

  • EPA environmental crimes office opens in ND Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— The Environmental Protection Agency's law enforcement arm has opened an office in Bismarck so that it will have a bigger presence in the North Dakota's booming oil patch.

  • Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    HEXIGTEN, China— Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries.

  • Record drought saps California honey production Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:35 AM ET

    LOS BANOS, Calif.— California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey, raising prices for consumers and making it harder for beekeepers to earn a living.

  • Canada's Encana Corp invested $2 million to refrack two wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale formation earlier this year, after seeing its production in the area dip 27 percent from 2012 levels. "There were a significant number of wells that we considered understimulated," said David Martinez, Encana's senior manager for Haynesville development.

  • Canada's Encana Corp invested $2 million to refrack two wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale formation earlier this year, after seeing its production in the area dip 27 percent from 2012 levels. "There were a significant number of wells that we considered unstimulated," said David Martinez, Encana's senior manager for Haynesville development.

  • WILLISTON, Aug 18- A subsidiary of real estate developer The Prime Group Inc said on Monday it plans to build a $150 million convention center in Williston, North Dakota, aiming to supply a world-class meeting space for the fast-growing oil boom community.

  • Unemployment rises in most US states in July Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in July and were unchanged in 12. At the same time, hiring rose in 36 states, fell in 13, and was unchanged in Iowa. Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate in July, at 8 percent, its first month with the highest since the 2008-2009 Great Recession.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug 15- More than $17 billion of Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm's fortune could be subject to division with his estranged wife, according to an economic analysis presented in their divorce trial, defining the stakes in one of the biggest battles ever over a marital estate.

  • Aug 15- The first new crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • Supervalu becomes latest to suffer data breach Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • Aug 15- The first crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • WASHINGTON/ CALGARY, Aug 14- Thousands of oil train tankers soon to be deemed obsolete in the United States are unlikely get a second life in Canada's oil sands industry, undercutting a U.S. government forecast that the costly cars will continue in use in the energy sector.

  • ND energy panel suggests $1B for roads, bridges Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— A group representing North Dakota's various energy sectors is recommending the state spend almost $1 billion over the next two years on roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

  • *Soy market digests higher-than-expected USDA stocks view. *Hesitant corn market shrugs off below-consensus USDA yield. On Tuesday, the USDA pegged the U.S. corn harvest at a record 14.032 billion bushels, below analysts' estimates of 14.253 billion, and 2014/ 15 ending stocks at 1.808 billion bushels, below expectations of 2.005 billion.

  • Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday revised upward its estimate of this year's corn crop to 14 billion bushels to exceed last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.

  • LONDON, Aug 12- From modest beginnings in the Barnett shale beneath the city of Fort Worth, unnoticed by most energy analysts, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing spread across North America and transformed all aspects of the energy landscape in under 10 years.

  • ND farm real estate value, cash rent up over year Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 2:25 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— The value of farm real estate in North Dakota has risen 17 percent in the past year. The Agriculture Department says the value in North Dakota averages $1,820 per acre, up $270 per acre from last year. Irrigated cropland rent averages $166 per acre, up $1.

  • The 101- mile seaway was a crucial link between big oil producers and European refiners, ferrying some 1.2 million bpd to Western Europe, particularly to Britain and France.