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AP Exclusive: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned. FBI agents have...

Keystone line to remain closed until corrective action taken

Nov. 6, 2019 11:09 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal regulators have ordered the Keystone pipeline to remain shut down until its Canadian owner takes corrective action aimed at determining the cause of a breach that leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in northeastern North Dakota. The Pipeline and...

North Dakota gov wants more monitoring after pipeline leak

Nov. 1, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appealed to Keystone pipeline owner TC Energy to review its inspection and monitoring of the line after it leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) in the northeastern part of the state. Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki said the Republican...

Agency: No alert system at Texas facility damaged by fire

Oct. 30, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility which burned for days in March didn't have an alert system in place to warn of releases from its tanks, a federal agency investigating the blaze said Wednesday. The fire, which began March 17 in Deer Park, about 20 miles (32...

Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi's death

Oct. 29, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group's leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria's oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country's Russian allies. It's a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are...

Average US price of gas drops 4 cents per gallon

Oct. 27, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 4 cents per gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks to $2.68. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that there may be further drops soon, as refinery maintenance season starts to slow and...

Venezuela's opposition gets reprieve in battle to keep Citgo

Oct. 24, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The White House on Thursday temporarily shielded Venezuela's opposition coalition led by Juan Guaidó from losing the country's prized U.S.-based Citgo refineries. The opposition is banking on profits from its Houston-based company to fund the crisis-torn nation's recovery...

Pennsylvania's gas politics churn as Trump embraces industry

Oct. 23, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Donald Trump promoted his support for the natural gas industry Wednesday, making clear on his second visit to Pennsylvania in the past three months that he sees his pro-industry policies as a boost to his chances of winning the battleground state in 2020. As some of his leading...

Remains of Massachusetts airman killed in WWII identified

Oct. 18, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The remains of a Massachusetts airman killed during World War II have been identified. The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Joseph E. Finneran were accounted for Aug. 9. The 22-year-old from the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of...

Aging, thin pipe likely cause of Philadelphia refinery fire

Oct. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe that hadn't been inspected in almost 45 years appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday. The U.S. Chemical and...