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A pelican covered in oil sits on a beach about a mile west of Refugio State Beach, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off. (Kenneth Song/The News-Press via AP)

Thousands of gallons of oil sopped up from California coast

- Associated Press

More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said.

In this June 25, 2012, file photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Judge temporarily halts fracking approvals in North Carolina

- Associated Press

A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment.

An oil slick from a broken pipeline is seen near Santa Barbara on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Broken oil pipeline spills 21,000 gallons off California coast

Associated Press

An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil dumped into the ocean from a broken pipeline just off the central California coast before it was shut off on Tuesday, creating a spill stretching about 4 miles along the beach, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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This Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo shows a number of idle oil drilling rigs in Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company's yard in Ector County, Texas. Companies are leaning on new techniques and technology to get more oil out of every well they drill, and furiously cutting costs in an effort to keep U.S. oil competitive with much lower-cost oil flowing out of the Middle East, Russia and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Courtney Sacco)

U.S. drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

- Associated Press

OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.

Karen Dike, center, a nurse from Longmont, Colo., talks to anti-fracking activists outside the Colorado Convention Center as the Oil and Gas Task Force meets inside to put the final touches on recommendations for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to consider in the settlement of disputes over oil and gas drilling Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Denver. The meeting comes as some activists have renewed a campaign to banning the use of hydraulic fracturing in the state. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Scientists launch study of emissions over fracking sites

Associated Press

The Daily Camera reports researchers are taking to the air to measure trace gas emissions over production sites in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, the Niobrara shale formation of northern Colorado and Wyoming, and the Four Corners area.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

GOP presidential hopefuls split over federal biofuels mandate

- The Washington Times

Less than a year out from the Iowa caucus, the likely GOP presidential contenders are staking out opposing views over Uncle Sam’s role in the alternative energy industry, making it the latest dividing line in the early jockeying among the party’s White House hopefuls.