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Texas jobs recover, but ND still in slump

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Moves to diversify the economy in Texas appear to be bearing fruit, with the Labor Department reporting the state added 33,200 jobs in May, while in North Dakota employment was still declining along with oil prices, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Petrobras scandal: Brazil police arrest construction CEOs

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police said they arrested the presidents of two of the country's largest construction companies on Friday for their alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at the country's state-run oil company, Petrobras.

Federal Police inspector Igor Romario de Paulo said at a news conference that Marcelo Odebrecht and Otavio Marques de Azevedo were taken into custody and face charges of cartel formation, money laundering and diversion of public funds. They are the chief executives of Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez respectively.

Former Shell worker cites unsafe conditions on oil ship

SEATTLE (AP) — A woman who was permanently injured while working on one of Shell's Arctic drilling support ships has sued, saying the company compromised safety in its rush to drill for oil.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday by Anita Hanks said Shell and its contractor maintained dangerous work conditions on the Arctic Challenger as it prepared to drill in the Arctic in 2012. The oil spill containment vessel is part of Shell's drilling fleet. It was docked in Bellingham at the time of an accident.

Ton of ivory crushed in Times Square to highlight poaching

NEW YORK (AP) — Over a ton of confiscated ivory was loaded onto a conveyor belt in Times Square and tumbled into a rock crusher Friday in a symbolic display to highlight an illegal trade that advocates say threatens the survival of African elephants.

The Wildlife Conservation Society says the global ivory trade is responsible for the slaughter of as many as 35,000 elephants a year in Africa.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo campaign for clean energy

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo have teamed up in a bid to widen access to clean energy.

The movie stars launched "100%," a campaign aimed at making energy from renewable sources available to everyone — and making it affordable.

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EPA, DOT unveil plan to slash truck emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department's National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration on Friday unveiled proposed fuel efficiency and carbon reduction standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which they said would cut 1 billion metric tons of carbon when they take full effect.

The Phase 2 standards cover the 2021 to 2027 model years, and build upon a previous standard for trucks with model years between 2014 and 2018, would aim to cut emissions from combination tractors - large freight vehicles -  by 24 percent, compared with the previous standard, by 2027.

It would also seek a 16-percent emissions cuts for pick-up trucks, light vans and vocational vehicles, compared with the Phase 1 standard, on the same timeline.

Trailer emissions, which would be cut by 8 percent by 2027 compared to a 2017 average, would be phased in starting in 2018.

The agencies estimated that the standards would save 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of vehicles covered.

Greece signs deal with Russia to build gas pipeline

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia and Greece have signed a deal to build an extension of a prospective gas pipeline that would carry Russian gas to Europe through Turkey.

Russia has promised Greece hundreds of millions of dollars in transit payments yearly if it agreed to build the pipeline.

Shell Arctic drilling blowout test successful: BSEE

Source: 
FuelFix

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says Shell successfully completed testing of its well-blowout response off the coast of Washington this week, ahead of the company’s planned start to Arctic drilling, FuelFix reports.

EPA, DOT to unveil new truck efficiency standards

Source: 
The New York Times

New standards for fuel efficiency in trucks -– aimed at cutting back their greenhouse gas emissions -- will be made public Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, The New York Times reports.

Jewell to attend ivory crush event in NYC

Source: 
The Hill

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be on hand as the Fish and Wildlife Service destroys a ton of ivory in Times Square Friday in an effort to raise awareness about the global poaching crisis, The Hill reports.

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