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Options limited, North Korea lit by flashlights, creaky grid

Nov. 12, 2018 2:07 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts. Even on the clearest days, plumes of smoke from two towering...

Pakistan works to contain oil spill near Karachi

Oct. 28, 2018 8:16 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan have launched an operation to contain an oil spill that has damaged about 1.5 kilometers (nearly 1 mile) of coastline near the southern port city of Karachi. Moazzam Khan, of the Word Wildlife Fund, said Sunday that traces of oil have been found across an...

Chevron agrees to $160 million upgrade, fines to end probe

Oct. 24, 2018 7:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal officials said Wednesday that Chevron Corp. has agreed to pay a nearly $3 million fine and spend $160 million on environmental improvements and upgrading oil refineries to resolve allegations the company violated pollution laws. The U.S. Department of Justice said the agreement...

Shuttle bus overturns in Texas, killing 1

Oct. 23, 2018 9:18 PM EDT

FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — A shuttle bus transporting contract workers from a Southeast Texas liquid natural gas plant overturned and rolled down a roadside embankment, killing one person and injuring 30 others. The crash happened Tuesday afternoon on the outskirts of Freeport, Texas, more than 50 miles south...

OECD predicts unsustainable rise in use of raw materials

Oct. 22, 2018 5:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is warning that the world's consumption of raw materials will rise sharply, putting greater pressure on the environment. The Paris-based think tank said Monday that with a growing global population and rising living standards, the...

Correction: Blowout-Texas Oil Boom story

Oct. 12, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — In a story distributed by The Associated Press on Oct. 11 about the oil and gas production boom in West Texas, The Texas Tribune and the Center for Public Integrity erroneously reported that student enrollment for the Ector County Independent School District had doubled in the past...

Refinery near national park avoids potential big roadblock

Oct. 10, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators decided Wednesday that they don't have authority to wade into a dispute over the site of an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, eliminating a potential big roadblock for the $800 million project. The 3-0 vote by the Public...

Bosnia oil refinery blast kills 1, injures 10

Oct. 10, 2018 7:41 AM EDT

BOSANSKI BROD, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — An explosion at a Russian-owned oil refinery in northern Bosnia has killed one worker and injured 10, the company running the complex said Wednesday. The blast rocked the neighborhood around the refinery in Bosanski Brod late Tuesday and was heard on the other side...

Carbon tax gets renewed attention but still faces resistance

Oct. 9, 2018 1:49 AM EDT

Advocates of taxing fossil fuels believe their position is stronger now because of an alarming new report on climate change and a Nobel Prize awarded to by two American economists, but neither development is likely to break down political resistance to a carbon tax. Previous alarms about global warming met with...

Oil refinery explosion in Canada shakes city of Saint John

Oct. 8, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — A massive explosion at an Irving Oil refinery Monday morning shook the eastern Canadian city of Saint John, but caused no fatalities. Irving Oil said several contractors are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Litsa Daeres, 34, who lives nearby, said she just...