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Regulator sees further uptick in North Dakota oil production

May. 15, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s top oil regulator says the state’s crude production grew in March and should keep rising throughout the summer, following a lackluster start to the years. The state’s daily oil output increased 2% to 1.108 million barrels per...

UND rock library looks to preserve core of energy industry

May. 15, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A few hours’ drive from the Bakken oil fields lies a treasure trove for geologists: rock from nearly every oil well ever drilled in North Dakota, under one roof. The rock is tucked neatly into cardboard boxes stacked on numerous warehouse...

Ukraine opposition leader and Putin ally under house arrest

May. 13, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A top Ukrainian opposition politician with close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin was placed under house arrest Thursday, days after being charged with treason. Viktor Medvedchuk, who heads the Opposition Platform for Life party, the...

Rare plants to be reviewed amid New Mexico oil and gas fight

May. 12, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take a closer look at two rare plants found only in northwestern New Mexico to see if they warrant protection under the federal Endangered Species Act as environmentalists push to stop oil and gas development in the region. ...

Ukraine charges Putin ally Medvedchuk with treason

May. 11, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has indicted a top opposition figure who is a close ally of Russia's president with treason and attempts to steal natural resources from Russia-annexed Crimea. Along with the Tuesday indictment of Viktor Medvedchuk, security service agents...

Interior drops Trump proposal for Arctic offshore drilling

May. 07, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department said Friday that it would not pursue a Trump administration proposal that critics feared would have weakened rules for exploratory oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters. A statement from the department said existing...

US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

May. 06, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Longstanding protections for wild birds would be restored under a proposal unveiled Thursday to bring back prosecutions of avian deaths by industry that were ended under former President Donald Trump. The Interior Department announcement came as...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 05, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

Scranton Times-Tribune. May 3, 2021. Editorial: Pass Yaw bill to help farms get greener Pennsylvania has fallen far behind the pollution reduction goals it has agreed to in the multi-state and federal effort to revive Chesapeake Bay. Other governments...

US-mediated border talks between Lebanon, Israel resume

May. 04, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) — After a nearly six-month pause, Lebanon and Israel on Tuesday resumed indirect talks with U.S. mediation over their disputed maritime border. Disagreements among the Lebanese leadership over the small country's claims prevailed. The talks ended...

Lawmakers unhappy about tolls reminded of law they passed

Apr. 29, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers unhappy that Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is considering tolling nine major bridges were warned about that prospect when they passed legislation in 2012 delegating approval to appointees of the governor and top lawmakers, they were told...