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Oil sands environmental impact unknown: Canada audit

OTTAWA — Key gaps in information mean Canada has been unable to assess the impact of exploiting Alberta’s oil sands, the nation’s environment commissioner said Tuesday. Lack of information due to “insufficient or inadequate environmental monitoring systems” mean the federal environmental and water agencies cannot build a clear picture of…

Egypt plans big rise in price of gas to Israel

Egypt will substantially raise the price of its gas exports to Israel, which have stopped after militants blew up a Sinai desert pipeline, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Tuesday. Oil minister Abdullah Ghurab said there would be “a large increase in the price” after the revision which would be announced soon, the state-owned Al-Ahram…

Tunisian police break up anti-government rally with tear gas

TUNIS — Tunisian police fired tear gas Friday to break up an anti-government protest in the capital, with demonstrators accusing the authorities of using violence to end their peaceful action. After Friday prayers, hundreds of protestors joined a sit-in near the seat of government in Tunis’ Kasbah neighbourhood to demand…

Texas first state to enact hydrofracking rules

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday signed energy legislation to encourage more natural gas production and require energy companies to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that has raised environmental concerns. With the signing, Texas becomes the first state to require energy companies to…

Strong blast hits Egyptian gas pipeline: report

CAIRO — Saboteurs bombed an Egyptian gas pipeline in the Sinai peninsula for the fourth time since February, cutting supplies to Israel and Jordan, the official MENA news agency reported Tuesday. The blast occurred near the town of al-Arish in the north of the Sinai peninsula, it said, adding that…

Israel to seek UN opinion on maritime border spat

Israel is to seek a UN opinion on its maritime borders with Lebanon in the Mediterranean, where lucrative offshore gas fields have been found, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday. “We will soon be presenting the United Nations headquarters in New York with our position on our maritime borders,”…

Police arrest 1,401 in Malaysia democracy protest

Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon, making 1,400 arrests on Saturday during clashes with protesters who defied government warnings to rally in the capital for electoral reform. Leaders of opposition parties were among those detained during a massive security operation but it failed to thwart the outlawed demonstration…

Montana governor reviewing oil, gas pipeline safety

Montana governor reviewing oil, gas pipeline safety KALISPELL, Montana (Reuters) – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on Monday said authorities will review safety of all oil and gas pipelines that cross waterways in the state and close those that did not meet standards. “We’ll make the decision over the next couple…

Saboteurs bomb Egypt gas pipeline to Israel, Jordan

Saboteurs bombed an Egyptian gas pipeline in the Sinai peninsula on Monday, sending flames into the sky and cutting supplies to Israel and Jordan, a security official said. Officials said a car had parked near the pipeline in the Bir al-Abd area, 80 kilometres (about 50 miles) from the north…

U.S. State Department asks for $6.2 billion budget for Iraq

BAGHDAD — The US ambassador in Baghdad said on Saturday that the State Department has asked for a $6.2 billion budget for Iraq in 2012, underscoring that its oil and gas reserves were critical for the world’s future energy needs. “This country is on a glide path to increase its…

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