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Blasts temporarily shut down Iraq-Turkey pipeline

Overnight blasts in southeastern Turkey on Thursday temporarily shut down a pipeline pumping oil from Iraq, with Kurdish rebels suspected to be behind the explosions, authorities said. Three blasts hit the section of the pipeline running near the border city of Idil in the Sirnak province, sparking a fire, said a statement by the Sirnak regional…

White House hopeful Perry rips Obama on pipeline

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — Texas Governor and Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry on Wednesday denounced President Barack Obama for delaying the approval of a controversial US-Canada pipeline. “This president is driven by his environmental left-leaning base that’s putting pressure on him,” Perry told roughly 100 people at a campaign…

BP pipeline leaks oily mixture onto Alaskan tundra

LONDON/ANCHORAGE (Reuters) – BP reported yet another pipeline leak at its Alaskan oilfields, frustrating the oil giant’s attempts to rebuild its reputation after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP said on Monday that a pipeline at its 30,000 barrel per day Lisburne field, which is currently closed for maintenance,…

Exxon: Ruptured Montana pipeline had carried tar sands crude

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil said on Friday that a pipeline that failed two weeks ago, leaking oil into the Yellowstone River, routinely transported a heavier and more toxic form of crude than the company and federal regulators initially acknowledged. The Silvertip pipeline carries so-called tar sands crude from…

West piles pressure for UN action on Syria

Western governments ratcheted up the pressure for UN Security Council action against Syria on Wednesday with France branding blocking moves by China and Russia “indecent.” US President Barack Obama said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had no legitimacy after repeatedly ducking opportunities for reform, as ties between Damascus and Western governments…

Montana governor threatens lawsuit over oil spill

BILLINGS, Montana (Reuters) – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer continued on Friday to press Exxon Mobil over an oil spill into the Yellowstone River and threatened to take the company to court as clean-up continued a week after the leak. Schweitzer has been increasingly critical of Exxon in the days since…

Oil spills into Yellowstone River after Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptures

An Exxon Mobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Montana ruptured Friday night and leaked for about a half-hour. The New York Times reported that the over 120 residents in the town of Laurel, downstream from the rupture, had to be evacuated because officials feared a possible explosion.…

BP fined $25 million over Alaska oil spill

LOS ANGELES – BP has been fined $25 million and ordered to spend an estimated $60 million to improve pipeline safety in Alaska after a 2006 oil spill there, US authorities said Tuesday. The penalties, including the largest ever per-barrel fine for a US oil spill, were slapped on BP…

Saboteurs attack Egypt gas pipeline to Jordan

CAIRO (AFP) – Unknown saboteurs attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel, an official told AFP. The attackers used explosives against the pipeline in the town of Lihfen in northern Sinai, near the Gaza Strip, the…

EPA: 1M gallons of oil may be in Mich. river

EPA says 1 million gallons of oil may have spilled in Mich. river, governor criticizes cleanup. Federal officials now estimate that more than 1 million gallons of oil may have spilled into a major river in southern Michigan, and the governor is sharply criticizing clean-up efforts as “wholly inadequate.” The…

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