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In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 photo, an oil rig lights up the horizon on the outskirts of Midland, Texas after a late sunset. (Odessa American/Eli Hartman)

Chaos and scrambling in the US oil patch as prices plummet

Apr. 6, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into the state's savings as oil revenue dries up. The global...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., President Donald Trump, and Chevron CEO Mike Wirth listen during a meeting with energy sector business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House convenes oil CEOs as bust threatens US boom

Apr. 3, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered assurances of better times and coronavirus tests to oil CEOs at a White House summit Friday, but no firm proposals for easing the industry's way as the coronavirus pandemic and plunging petroleum prices threaten America's yearslong fracking boom. Executives...

FILE - In this March 25, 2011, file photo, workers gather near the Unit 2 reactor which is undergoing re-fueling during a tour of the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Athens, Ala. U.S. nuclear plants will be allowed to keep workers on longer shifts to deal with staffing problems in the coronavirus pandemic. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials outlined the temporary shift extensions to nuclear power officials on Thursday, April 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

US allowing longer shifts at nuclear plants in pandemic

Apr. 2, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. nuclear plants will be allowed to keep workers on longer shifts to deal with staffing problems in the coronavirus pandemic, raising worries among watchdogs and some families living near reactors that employee exhaustion will increase the risks of accidents. The Nuclear Regulatory...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million for igniting a series of Northern California 2018 deadly wildfires rather than risk that the harsher punishment will scuttle the utility's plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection, the state's Public Utilities Commission said in a document made public Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Regulators mull reversing $462M increase in PG&E fire fines

Mar. 31, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million over a series of deadly Northern California wildfires rather than risk that the harsher punishment might scuttle the utility's plan to get out of...

RI regulators OK plan to buy power from Conn. solar project

Mar. 31, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A contract with all three Rhode Island electric utilities to purchase power from a Connecticut solar project has received state regulatory approval. The Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a 20-year agreement to purchase power from D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments at 5.3...

FILE - In this Jan. 2019 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Pierre, S.D. Noem signed a bill that revives the state's criminal and civil penalties for rioting and inciting a riot, the Republican governor's office said Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Noem had told lawmakers months before the session began that she would revive the so-called “riot-boosting” penalties. (AP Photo/James Nord, File)

South Dakota governor signs 'riot-boosting' penalties

Mar. 24, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill that revives the state's criminal and civil penalties for rioting and inciting a riot, the Republican governor's office said Tuesday. Noem had told lawmakers months before the session began that she would revive the so-called...

Oil industry cites virus in seeking broad pollution waivers

Mar. 24, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it’s reviewing a request from the oil and gas industry to ease enforcement of hazardous air and water pollution and other regulatory issues during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is drawing objections from public health...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, demonstrators against a proposed liquid-natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon sit in in the governor's office in the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., to demand Democratic Gov. Kate Brown stand against the proposal. The Jordan Cove pipeline is undergoing a permitting process and would end at a proposed marine export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore. Members of a federal regulatory agency on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, delayed a vote on the project, with one member saying greenhouse gas emissions and endangered species should be considered. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

US panel approves pipeline, natural gas terminal in Oregon

Mar. 19, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. regulatory agency on Thursday approved a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal project in Oregon, but the state's Democratic governor threatened to go to court to stop the project if it doesn't obtain every permit required from state and local agencies. The...

President Donald Trump speaks during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, right, and Vice President Mike Pence listen. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Pressure grows on Trump as hospitals sound virus alarms

Mar. 19, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insisting the federal government is not a "shipping clerk,” President Donald Trump on Thursday called on states to do more to secure their own critically needed masks, ventilators and testing supplies as the pressure mounted on hospitals struggling to cope with a rising number of...

The American flag flies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Wide swath of economy seeks share of COVID-19 rescue package

Mar. 17, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress works on a rescue package to help shore up a U.S. economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a wide swath of business, from the solar power industry to casinos and hotels, along with doctors, nurses and educators are urging lawmakers to give them a share of the pie. The...