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US Rig Count Decreases 48 to 1,310

February 20, 2015 3:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 48 this week to 1,310 amid depressed oil prices.

Kansas Senate Bills Seek to Stall EPA's Regulations

February 20, 2015 3:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kansas Senate committee is considering two bills that could delay or prevent enactment of federal clean air rules to regulate carbon emissions from power plants.

TransCanada to Seek US Approval for $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north.

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Walker Plans to Pursue 2 Export-Capable Gaslines

February 20, 2015 9:43 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bill Walker said he wants Alaska to pursue two natural gas pipeline projects, both of which would be capable of exporting liquefied natural gas.

Company Whose Train Exploded Had Spent Millions on Lobbying, Campaign Contributions

February 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The railroad company whose train triggered a massive explosion Monday in West Virginia had spent millions lobbying against rail oversight legislation in Congress, according to a report.

In Case You Need a Laugh...

February 19, 2015 4:31 pm | by The Onion | Articles | Comments

The Onion has nailed it with this headline: "Lucrative New Oil Extraction Method Involves Drilling Directly Into Gas Stations."

EPA Labels Don't Reflect Total Savings for Hybrid, Electric Cars

February 19, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study.

$10 a Barrel Oil is Absolutely Possible: Schork

February 19, 2015 9:31 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Stephen Schork, president of The Schork Group, discusses how refinery strikes and the yearly refinery maintenance season could hit demand for crude hard, sending crude prices even lower.

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Blast Devastates Refinery, Sends Ash Raining Down on Area

February 19, 2015 9:20 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.

Blast Hits Southern California Refinery

February 18, 2015 4:16 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The facility — a structure several stories tall — was shattered. Crews poured water onto the structure afterward, and a fire spokesman said at midday the situation was controlled.

Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent in 2014

February 18, 2015 3:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year.

Gas Explosion in Mexico Caused by Worn Bolts on Gas Truck

February 18, 2015 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican officials said Monday that two worn-out bolts on a gas tanker truck broke, causing a leak that resulted in a hospital explosion that killed five people last month.

Why Refinery Strike Has Had Little Bite at Gas Pump

February 18, 2015 10:56 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

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Japanese Man Arrested For Sending Boy to Help Fukushima Clean-up

February 18, 2015 9:47 am | by WochitGeneralNews | Videos | Comments

The Aichi prefectural police said the boy, from Kitanagoya City, western Japan, was sent to Fukushima to cut contaminated leaves and scrape up dirt in the disaster zone last July.

Warren Buffett's Firm Sells Exxon Mobil, Adds Deere Stake

February 18, 2015 9:36 am | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Billionaire Warren Buffett's company unloaded its 41 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. and sold a smaller stake in ConocoPhillips as oil prices fell last fall.

Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

W.Va.'s Fiery Derailment Should Reignite Rail vs. Pipeline Debate

February 17, 2015 6:03 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This most recent crude-by-rail disaster wasn’t quite the major catastrophe many have feared. But it got close. Real close. Which is why this latest crash should send a powerful warning to those looking to stop pipeline construction in the U.S.

West Virginia Train Derails: Fires, Oil Tanker in River

February 17, 2015 9:06 am | by JOHN RABY, JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm in West Virginia, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday.

Proposal Tries to Help Wean Washington Off Coal-Fired Power

February 16, 2015 11:06 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state's utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal.

Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 13, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Houston company said it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff, which represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees based on its total from the end of 2014.

Congress to Postpone Sending Keystone-Pipeline Bill to Obama

February 13, 2015 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional leaders are delaying sending a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the White House for a likely veto until after the recess break.

Peru Anti-Oil Exploration Protest Leaves 1 Dead, 22 Wounded

February 11, 2015 4:56 pm | by FRANKLIN BRICENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Angry protesters pelted a police headquarters with rocks on Wednesday after security forces fired on locals protesting oil and natural gas exploration in the Peruvian Amazon. At least one person was killed by gunfire and 22 wounded, hospital officials said.

Oil's Slump a Blow to Mexico Amid Touted Energy Reforms

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by PETER ORSI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lowest oil prices in nearly six years couldn't have come at a worse time for Mexico, which last year opened up oil-sector investment to private companies for the first time in decades.

Congress Set to Pass Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

February 11, 2015 10:11 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House is expected to pass the bill easily Wednesday afternoon, capping weeks of debate over one of Republicans' top priorities — a bill authorizing the construction of the much-delayed pipeline. Yet support in both the Senate and House has not been enough to override a veto.

Contamination Still High Near ND Spill, Dropping Downstream

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

High contamination levels persist along a North Dakota creek more than a month after a massive wastewater spill was found in the state's oil patch, but levels have dropped considerably in larger rivers downstream, according to documents released by the state Tuesday.

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