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  • *Nebraska becomes 16th U.S. state affected by avian flu. May 12- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly...

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama's decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction. But Shell, which has already spent about $6 billion exploring the Arctic, expects to return to polar waters this...

  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 7- Crude oil aboard a BNSF train that derailed in North Dakota on Wednesday caught fire even though it was less flammable than required by a state law that took effect last month. The oil, transported in tank cars owned by Hess Corp, had a vapor pressure of 10.83 psi, according to test results. They were tested on May 6, the day of the accident, by Intertek,...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 7- The crude oil aboard a BNSF train that derailed in central North Dakota on Wednesday caught fire even though it was less flammable than required by a new state law that took effect last month. The oil, which was being transported in tank cars owned by Hess Corp, had a vapor pressure of 10.83 psi, according to test results. They were tested on May 6, the...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 7- The crude oil aboard a BNSF train that derailed in central North Dakota on Wednesday caught fire even though it was less flammable than required by a new state law that took effect last month, a government source familiar with the matter said. The oil, which was being transported in tankcars owned by Hess Corp, had a vapor pressure of 10.8 PSI,...

  • Worst of energy layoffs are likely over...for now Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 12:57 PM ET
    A floor hand works on an oil rig in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D.

    After another month of soaring layoffs in the oil patch, recruiters says employers are taking a pause as crude prices recover.

  • NEW YORK, May 7- Americans hit the road in record numbers this winter, reigniting a long debate that may determine whether global oil markets hold steady or tumble anew. The over 40 percent slide in nationwide gas prices last year to nearly $2 a gallon led to more frequent and longer drives, fueling a 5 percent jump in gas use in December and January, the fastest such...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 6- A BNSF train that derailed in central North Dakota on Wednesday was carrying railcars owned by Hess Corp, 10 of which caught fire and forced the evacuation of a nearby town, the oil producer told Reuters late Wednesday. Hess, the third-largest North Dakota oil producer, said BNSF is leading cleanup efforts but added it stands ready to assist.

  • EXCLUSIVE-HESS CORP TELLS REUTERS BNSF DERAILMENT NEAR HEIMDAL, N.D., ON MAY 6 WAS CARRYING HESS-OWNED RAILCARS.

  • HESS CORP SAYS IT IS' FULLY COMPLIANT' WITH NORTH DAKOTA CRUDE TREATMENT RULES THAT WENT INTO EFFECT APRIL 1.

  • COLUMN-US refineries run hard to absorb crude glut: Kemp Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 11:51 AM ET

    LONDON, May 6- U.S. refineries are running at near-record levels to turn the glut of crude into gasoline and other refined fuels ahead of the summer driving season. Refineries would not normally process so much crude this early in the year before the summer driving season gets underway after Memorial Day at the end of May. But cheap crude oil from North Dakota and...

  • North Dakota town evacuated after oil train derails Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 11:13 AM ET
    A BNSF oil train derailed near Heimdal, N.D., on May 6, 2015.

    A North Dakota town was evacuated after an BNSF oil train derailed.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Wells County, North Dakota on Wednesday, officials said, just days after the U.S. government announced sweeping reforms to improve safety of the volatile shipments. Heimdal is a tiny town in central North Dakota located along one of the main rail lines heading east out of the giant Bakken oil...

  • Oil train derails in North Dakota, small town evacuated Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK, May 6- A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Wells County, North Dakota on Wednesday, according to local media reports. Five tank cars came off the rails, and the nearby town of Heimdal has been evacuated, local media said. The local fire department said there were no injuries in the accident.

  • May 6- Occidental Petroleum Corp boosted its 2015 production forecast on Wednesday after reporting an adjusted quarterly profit in line with expectations as cost cuts helped balance the recent drop in oil prices. Noble Energy Inc and Concho Resources Inc also raised their production outlooks this week. Occidental posted a net loss of $218 million, or 28 cents...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 6- Aiming to show the human side of North Dakota's oil industry, the Smithsonian Channel's "Boomtowners" chronicles the highs and lows of transplants to one of the nation's fastest-growing economies. Instead, "Boomtowners" tells the stories of some of the thousands of people who relocate to rural North Dakota for a fresh start in the oil boom,...

  • May 5- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday sued three defendants it accused of running a fraud and Ponzi scheme in which they raised more than $62 million from investors eager to benefit from growth in the North Dakota oil industry. According to the SEC, North Dakota Developments LLC and its owners, Robert Gavin and Daniel Hogan, illegally...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 4- Oil and natural gas producer EOG Resources Inc plans to begin fracking hundreds of wells in North Dakota and Texas later this year if oil prices stabilize around $65 per barrel, executives said on Monday after reporting a better-than-expected adjusted profit. Whiting Petroleum Corp said last week it would add drilling rigs to its...