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Sunoco fined for refinery violations

July 14, 2009
According to the Associated Press, the federal government is fining Sunoco more than $200,000 for multiple health and safety violations at the Marcus Hook Refinery. The U.S. Department of Labor''s
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Pickens calls off massive wind farm in Texas

July 8, 2009
Plans for the world''s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle, have been scrapped by energy baron T. Boone Pickens, and he''s looking for a home for 687 giant wind
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Nigerian militants claim attack on Shell facility

July 6, 2009
Nigeria''s main militant group says it has attacked a Royal Dutch Shell oil facility in southern Nigeria, according to the Associated Press. In an e-mail statement to journalists, the Movement
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Ten arrested in oil, gas thefts at Texas companies

July 1, 2009
According to the Associated Press, ten people have been arrested in the theft of about $2 million worth of oil and gas condensate from oil companies and producers in West
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Federal judge won''t block BP refinery expansion

July 1, 2009
A federal judge has rejected a move by environmentalists to stop the $3.8 billion expansion of BP''s oil refinery along Lake Michigan, according to the Associated Press. Judge Philip
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Jatropha tree examined as a biofuel alternative

June 24, 2009
What some see as the biofuel of the future starts out as short, thick stems with a few leaves sticking out at sharp angles. But in just a few years,
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Valero closes Aruba refinery for at least two months

June 22, 2009
Valero Energy Corp. said it would close its Aruba refinery for at least two months this summer as falling prices for its refined products make the plant less profitable, reported
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Venezuela boosts control over petrochemicals

June 17, 2009
According to the Associated Press, lawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chavez gave final approval on to a bill paving the way for Venezuela''s government to take a minimum 50 percent
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Blast that killed three at Slim Jim plant caused by gas leak

June 15, 2009
Authorities said an explosion that killed three workers at a North Carolina Slim Jim plant was caused by a natural gas leak that ignited in a room housing vacuum pumps
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Ensco terminates rig contract with Petrosucre

June 8, 2009
Ensco International Inc. said its subsidiary terminated a rig contract with Petrosucre, a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, Venezuela''s national oil company, reported by the Associated Press.
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