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  • INFLUENCE GAME: Shaping US railroad safety rules Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    Billions of dollars are riding on how these rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

  • Expert: Pa. didn't address fracking health impacts Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms.

  • Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    MANDAREE, N.D.— Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea.

  • Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    SACO, Maine— Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Ry Russell, general manager of Saco Drive-In, launched a social-media campaign to win an $80,000 digital projection system in a contest sponsored by Honda.

  • NEW YORK, July 11- Wells Fargo& Co is angling to cash in on the U.S. energy boom, as the fourth-largest U.S. bank looks for new avenues of revenue growth to overcome a slump in mortgage lending, its traditional driver of profits.

  • US rig count rose 1 to 1,875 Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 5:53 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 one this week to 1,875.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas gained two rigs each. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah had unchanged rig counts.

  • Estimate of ND spring wheat crop up 13 percent Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expecting a North Dakota spring wheat crop that's 13 percent larger than last year. The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says the state's crop is forecast at 267 million bushels with an average yield of 46 bushels per acre, down a half bushel from 2013..

  • LONDON, July 11- Global oil demand growth will accelerate next year as the world economy expands and will again be met by rising supplies from the United States and Canada, further eroding OPEC's market share, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • Pipeline breach renews call for more monitoring Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 3:25 AM ET

    MANDAREE, N.D.— The snaking, nearly 2- mile trail of saltwater that an underground pipeline spewed in the rugged hills of western North Dakota's badlands left a 200- yard-long stretch of dead vegetation, a company official said, though she added there is no evidence yet that the spill has contaminated a nearby bay.

  • NEW YORK, July 9- Four years into the shale revolution, the U.S. is on track to pass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil, most analysts agree. "The key issue is not whether production grows, it's by how much," said Ed Morse, global head of commodities research at Citigroup in New York.

  • NEW YORK, June 27- Each month, 42- year-old Abdirizak Alibos shows up at a money transfer business in the heart of Minneapolis to send $500 to his three children in war-torn Somalia.

  • LONDON, July 7- Exploring for oil and gas is like gambling: it's all about playing probabilities, and using technology and skill to improve the odds.

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- A handful of small refineries in North Dakota could remove dangerous gas from oil train cargoes and make shipments from the state's productive Bakken shale area safer on the tracks, according to a company which has pitched the idea to regulators.

  • Texas- based companies Pioneer Natural Resources and Enterprise Product Partners had sought clarity from the government over whether stabilized condensate could be exported as a petroleum product without a special license, which is needed to export unprocessed domestic crude.

  • NEW YORK, June 27- Each month, 42- year-old Abdirizak Alibos shows up at a money transfer business in the heart of Minneapolis to send $500 to his three children in war-torn Somalia.

  • WASHINGTON, June 27- Quantum Energy Inc, a U.S. energy venture, intends to build a network of "micro refineries" that would produce fuel fit for export, an executive said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, June 27- Each month, 42- year-old Abdirizak Alibos shows up at a money transfer business in the heart of Minneapolis to send $500 to his three children in war-torn Somalia.

  • *Wheat extends gains into second session. "Old-crop sales, people were thinking, would be none or even negative," said Mike Krueger, president of the Money Farm in North Dakota.

  • The court could decide in the next few days whether to take up a lawsuit brought by a coalition of ethanol and gasoline producers trying to overturn a 2009 California rule mandating cuts to carbon emissions.

  • BISMARCK, North Dakota, June 24- North Dakota intends to nearly double its oil and gas pipeline capacity within two years as part of a plan to curb the wasteful flaring of natural gas in the bustling Bakken oil field, the state's governor said on Tuesday.