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Oil trains sit idle on the BNSF Railway's tracks in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

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Companies Fight Back Against Protesters With Financial Pressure

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After completing training in 2013, Claire Kerstetter now works as a fluid technician on fracking jobs. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Oil Companies Look To Fill Employment Gap With More Women

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Oil pump jacks in Williston, N.D., in December. Oil prices have been on the rise, but some analysts say the global economic slowdown, fracking and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

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Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S., Canada Announce New Safety Standards For Oil Trains

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A flag bearing the logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. The energy company said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy gas producer BG Group for $70 billion. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Iranian oil workers gather at an oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Dec. 22, 2014. Iran's oil exports have been crippled by sanctions. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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Framework Nuclear Deal Could Be Good News For Iran's Oil Sector

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Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

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Yemenis walk past near oil tankers that were burnt during clashes between Shiite Houthi rebels and their opponents in the capital, Sanaa, in September. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes this week to counter the Houthis' offensive. Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nuclear Deal With Iran Could Increase Global Oil Glut

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A platform owned by Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex is seen off the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. The country has recently opened up its energy sector to foreign investors. Victor Ruiz/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Excitement Over Mexico's Shale Fizzles As Reality Sets In

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A pump-jack sits atop an oil well near downtown Sidney, Mont. The oil boom has brought thousands of new residents to the town, almost all of whom work in the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota. Sidney sits at the western edge of the Bakken oil patch, one of the most productive drilling areas in the country. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Low Oil Prices Could Stall Explosive Growth In Montana Boom Town

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Proponents of the terminal plan say it would bring economic development to the Vancouver area, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore. Conrad Wilson/OPB News hide caption

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Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains

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Opponents of fracking protested in January at the inauguration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots

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Miller Farm, the terminus of Van Syckel's pipeline, in 1868. The oil was pumped to Miller Farm and then transported by railroad. Drake Well Museum/Courtesy of PHMC hide caption

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Even Pickaxes Couldn't Stop The Nation's First Oil Pipeline

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