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SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they're opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically increase the number of oil tankers plying West Coast waters.

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a western German city.

GE and Accenture last month announced the launch of the Intelligent Pipeline Solution, the first-ever Industrial Internet offering to help pipeline operators make better decisions concerning the condition of their critical machines and assets in the oil and gas pipeline industry.

MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow. Three French crew members were also killed.

Several public utility commissions in the United States have approved programs allowing local gas distribution companies to recover the cost of replacing and repairing pipeline infrastructure. Now the rush is on to design and construct the resulting main replacement (MR) programs.

There’s no question why the University of Houston keeps a close eye on the energy business. “Energy is 50% of the economy in the greater Houston area,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer for the school.

Over the last two decades pipeline operators have been under increasing pressure to prevent incidents. To their credit, the operators have responded well, despite the aging of the assets, and have substantially reduced the number of incidents per km-year.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe formally rolled out his energy plan for Virginia on Tuesday, advocating more renewable sources such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional resources including natural gas.

Federal dollars that have sustained the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, which has a huge military footprint, can't be relied on in the future and an energy-based economy could be the solution, he said.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Recent oil price drops could halt drilling in several North Dakota counties and force the state to reevaluate its budget, the state's top oil regulator said Wednesday.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia gas pipeline contractor sued the company Tuesday, claiming they are victims of racial discrimination.

They filed a joint lawsuit in the Northern District of West Virginia against CKS Pipeline Contracting. CKS is based about 20 miles south of Clarksburg, W.Va.

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