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UN concerned over halt of oil production in eastern Libya

Apr. 22, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations voiced concern Thursday over the recent halt of oil production at a Libyan eastern terminal and more imminent shutdowns of oil facilities prompted by a budget dispute. On Monday, Libya's National Oil Corporation said it had interrupted...

Studies: Renewable electricity can slash Cascadia pollution

Apr. 22, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

New research shows that renewable electricity can move Washington, Oregon and British Columbia off of fossil fuels, do so at an affordable price, and create jobs along the way. After decades of disinformation from fossil fuel producers and utilities, this may sound like a...

In race to rearm, Greece seeks partnerships, more hardware

Apr. 20, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

ANDRAVIDA, Greece (AP) — Greece has vowed to expand military cooperation with traditional NATO allies as well as Middle Eastern powers in a race to modernize its armed forces and face its militarily assertive neighbor Turkey. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited...

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday revoked a series of Trump administration orders that promoted fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and issued a separate directive that prioritizes climate change in agency decisions. The moves...

Blackouts cause North Dakota oil and gas production to fall

Apr. 16, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The winter storms that paralyzed Texas and other south-central states and resulted in rolling power blackouts elsewhere caused North Dakota's oil and gas production to fall more than expected in February. The blackouts temporarily shut down...

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition. President Joe Biden on Wednesday...

Death of gas drilling worker injured in Pennsylvania probed

Apr. 14, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

MONTROSE, Pa. (AP) — State and federal authorities are investigating the death of a gas drilling company worker after an injury in northeastern Pennsylvania. Cabot Oil & Gas said an ambulance was called shortly after midnight Monday to Rush Township in Susquehanna...

Police discover $855K embezzlement scheme in state agency

Apr. 14, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — A former state employee was charged with embezzlement after investigators discovered that he stole more than $855,000 paid by well owners who needed permits, the Michigan attorney general's office said Wednesday. The figure likely reached $1.5...

Fracking ban fails to advance in California Legislature

Apr. 13, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers Tuesday rejected a bill that would have banned fracking in the state, succumbing to pressure from the powerful oil and gas industry and their labor union allies who warned the bill would have cost good-paying jobs. The bill...

Lebanon extends area claimed in border dispute with Israel

Apr. 12, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing minister of public works said Monday that he has signed a decree that would increase the area claimed by the Mediterranean country in a maritime border dispute with Israel. Public Works Minister Michel Najjar told reporters that he has...