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Washington Speeds Up Drilling On Public Lands

November 21, 2013 12:36 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House approved two bills aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands.                                                                                     

New Natural Gas Factory In ND

November 20, 2013 11:48 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma energy company said it will build its biggest factory yet in western North Dakota to help capture and bring to market more of the natural gas that currently is being burned off as a byproduct of soaring oil production.                   

CA Recommends Refunds For Nuclear Shutdown

November 20, 2013 11:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators recommended $94 million in refunds for Southern California utility customers for reduced operating costs at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.                                   


UT Refinery Expansion Approved

November 20, 2013 11:28 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another Utah refinery has received approval for a major expansion in a heavily populated corridor struggling to achieve federal air-quality standards and a group pushing Utah to crack down harder on polluters says it will try to block the effort in court.

AZ Uranium Mining Halted

November 20, 2013 11:19 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The only two uranium mines operating in Arizona and an associated mill in southern Utah are set to cease operations temporarily as prices for the ore decline.                                          

SandRidge To Drill 100 Wells In KS In 2014

November 19, 2013 12:07 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unfazed by its counterparts pulling out of Kansas, SandRidge Energy plans to spend $350 million next year to punch an additional 100 horizontal wells and build associated infrastructure in the Mississippian Lime formation in the state.                            

CT Workers Trained For Pipeline Work

November 19, 2013 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployed and underemployed Connecticut construction workers are being trained to work on planned gas distribution and transmission pipeline construction projects.

Shell Still Pursuing Ethane Cracking Plant In PA

November 19, 2013 11:59 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. is still actively exploring a plan to build a huge natural gas processing plant in western Pennsylvania and may have selected engineering firms to do feasibility studies.                               


CO Proposes Air Quality Crackdown For Drillers

November 19, 2013 11:53 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure to tighten air quality standards for oil and gas drillers, Colorado officials on Monday proposed the nation's first statewide standards for methane emissions and other heightened safeguards.                               

ND Forming Pipeline Safety Panel

November 19, 2013 11:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he is forming a panel of independent engineers, industry and state officials to increase pipeline safety in the state.                                             

Uncertainties Abound In Decommissioning Efforts

November 19, 2013 11:25 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Fighting Begins Over Mexico's Oil Monopoly

November 18, 2013 12:20 pm | by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The fight to revamp Mexico's state-run oil industry could start any time because of a Senate proposal to allow private access to the country's oil, a nationalist symbol that for decades has been fiercely protected by the constitution.                     

IL Ruling Compromises Coal's Future

November 18, 2013 12:04 pm | by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Pollution Control Board will decide this week whether to give a Houston company extra time to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants, a scenario that underscores the uncertainty facing an industry squeezed by environmental regulations and competition from natural gas.


Oil Transforming Corpus Christi

November 18, 2013 12:00 pm | by JENNIFER HILLER, San Antonio Express-News | News | Comments

The drilling boom has launched billions of dollars in port construction projects, as well as a round-the-clock frenzy to move products in and out of the oil patch and to coastal terminals and refineries.                                        

Swaging Unit

November 18, 2013 10:00 am | Swagelok Company | Product Releases | Comments

Swagelok Company introduces the new High-Volume Swaging Unit to increase safety and productivity for the oil and gas, alternative fuel and general industries.

TVA Closing 8 Coal Plants In AL & KY

November 15, 2013 11:35 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest public utility is shuttering eight coal-fired boilers at plants in Alabama and Kentucky and more reductions could be in store over the next few years.                                                  

Work Begins At Tribal Refinery In ND

November 15, 2013 10:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Work is underway on a facility where oil will be shipped from a planned refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwestern North Dakota.                                                                                      

Pipeline Explosion In North Texas

November 14, 2013 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas pipeline has exploded in rural North Texas, officials urged residents of a nearby town to evacuate as a precaution.                                                        

Natural Gas Supplies Growing

November 14, 2013 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration reported that natural gas in storage grew by 20 billion cubic feet to 3.834 trillion cubic feet last week.                                             

$12.2M In Grants Awarded To ND Oil

November 14, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

North Dakota's Land Board has awarded $12.2 million in state grants to fire departments and emergency medical services providers in North Dakota's oil-production region.                                    

NM Oil And Gas Ban Provokes Protest

November 14, 2013 11:39 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A decision by one northern New Mexico county to prohibit oil and natural gas development has prompted a statewide industry group and three landowners to challenge the ban in federal court, calling it unconstitutional.                 

"The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters"

November 13, 2013 12:02 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Gregory Zuckerman's book "The Frackers" tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom — and to a bitter debate over whether that's a great thing or an environmental disaster.

Equipment Failure Causes 2 Day Nuclear Shutdown

November 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's nuclear plant has shut down one of its units for 48 hours due to equipment failure.                                              

Point: The Cost Of Ethanol

November 12, 2013 11:28 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, MATT APUZZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country "stronger, cleaner and more secure." But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits.

Counterpoint: Ethanol Industry Fires Back

November 12, 2013 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Associated Press investigation, which claimed that ethanol hasn't lived up to some of the government's clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol industry.                                        

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