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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill clearing the way for the controversial project to President Barack Obama. Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who introduced the bill with Landrieu, was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on Tuesday if there were enough votes to...

  • U.S. Senate heads for vote on Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill to the desk of President Barack Obama. Backers of the bill in the 100- seat Senate need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster by opponents. The Senate is expected to vote as early as 6:15 p.m. ET on the TransCanada Corp pipeline, which would transport...

  • The seven companies cited were Boeing Co, Ford Motor Co, Chevron Corp, Citigroup Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, JPMorgan Chase& Co and General Motors Co.. In reply, Verizon said it paid $422 million in income taxes in 2013. "We do not provide a breakdown between federal vs. state in that total; however, I am confirming for you that the federal portion of that number is...

  • Keystone Pipeline vote on Tuesday Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— On the eve of a showdown, Maine independent Sen. King made his comments as Louisiana Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, was more cautious.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate on Monday scrambled to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes for Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of...

  • Early tests don't find tainted water from oil boom Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no early evidence of contamination from an energy boom that's already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday. However, the U.S. Geological Survey cautioned that the tests could have missed contamination from surface spills or leaking well...

  • Iran attacks OPEC members for refusing to stabilise oil prices. SINGAPORE, Nov 17- Brent crude fell more than $1 to near $78 a barrel on Monday following news that Japan, the world's fourth-biggest crude importer, had slipped into recession and after comments from the West's energy watchdog that a return to high oil prices was unlikely soon.

  • Chevrolet supports grassland preservation program Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:27 AM ET

    The automaker, a division of General Motors, said it has bought more than 39,000 metric tons of carbon credits from North Dakota ranchers in the prairie pothole region, a broad expanse of grasslands and wetlands reaching across the northern Great Plains and parts of Canada. The program was established amid concern about rapid conversion of the region's...

  • *Iran attacks OPEC members for refusing to stabilise oil prices. SINGAPORE, Nov 17- Brent crude fell to around $79 a barrel on Monday following news Japan, the world's fourth-biggest crude importer, had slipped into recession and after comments from the West's energy watchdog that a return to high oil prices was unlikely soon. All eyes remain on possible OPEC...

  • Brent slips to $79 as Japan enters recession Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 10:52 PM ET

    *Iran attacks OPEC members for refusing to stabilize oil prices. SINGAPORE, Nov 17- Brent crude fell to $79 a barrel on Monday following news Japan, the world's fourth-biggest crude importer, had slipped into recession and after comments from the West's energy watchdog that a return to high oil prices was unlikely soon. "This is another knock on crude oil prices,...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 17- U.S. crude held steady below $75 a barrel on Monday as investors digested news that Japan, the world's No.4 crude importer, was slipping into recession and comments from the West's energy watchdog that a return to high oil prices was unlikely soon. The latest data puts Japan in a technical recession, following a contraction in the second quarter.

  • With energy boom, Philly becomes the new Houston Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Philadelphia is developing a new reputation as a nexus of oil and gas transportation, which bodes well for its economy.

  • Nov 16- Just how much of Harold Hamm's fortune was amassed through his skill and hard work? That was a key question that Oklahoma divorce judge Howard Haralson had to weigh in his decision last week, when he ordered Hamm, the chief executive officer of Continental Resources- and Oklahoma's richest person- to hand over more than $1 billion in cash and assets to his...

  • Fargo mapmaking group adds depth to the discussion Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— Workers at Nokia's Fargo campus have spent 18 years making maps, but they recently moved into another dimension. The Fargo technical center is known as HERE, but its 230 employees come to work every day and feel like they're everywhere. "I've seen awesome buildings in Milan, in Paris, things like that.

  • Senate to get House bill approving oil pipeline Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week. Should the Senate send the bill to Obama for his signature, he would face a decision that pits some of his environmental concerns about the pipeline, mainly its consequences for global warming, against potentially helping a fellow Democrat making a...

  • US rig count up 3 to 1,928 Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by three this week to 1,928.. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming each gained one. Texas declined by four, Pennsylvania was down three and Kansas and Oklahoma dropped one apiece.

  • FBI opening office in North Dakota oil patch Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— The FBI is opening a permanent office in western North Dakota's oil patch to help the area deal with rising crime that has followed the state's oil boom. The North Dakota oil patch was once a sleepy and remote corner of America. The FBI currently has satellite offices in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot.

  • House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress. House lawmakers were confident the Senate would follow suit and pass its version of the bill. The bill's sponsor, Republican...

  • U.S. House set to pass Keystone, but Senate a vote shy Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    House of Representatives prepared to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar bill struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress. "We are going to make it as easy as possible for the Senate to finally get a bill to the president's desk that approves this...