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Wolf Administration to Show How It'll Challenge Gas Industry

March 2, 2015 11:23 am | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Tom Wolf, who ran last year with the backing of environmental groups, will soon be giving a first glimpse at how his administration will approach the powerful Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.

2 Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans; No Spill

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New Orleans Public Belt Railway cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of crude went off the...

Lawsuit Alleges Exxon Denied More Claims Than Paid

March 2, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two batches of bad fuel produced at ExxonMobil in mid-March 2014 caused some Baton Rouge area...

Gas Prices Soar in California as Supply Shrinks

March 1, 2015 10:52 pm | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an...

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By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history. Here's how the numbers shake out.

President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety in Oregon Television Interview

February 27, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

How Shale Has Transformed One Tiny Town in Texas

February 26, 2015 5:03 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

We all know the current oil boom has produced winners and losers around the U.S. — and they're often packed into the same small towns.

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look To Women To Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Attracting more women to the STEM fields could also help address the ongoing skills gap in manufacturing. Women represent more than 46 percent of the overall U.S. labor force, but they comprise just less than one quarter of workers in durable goods manufacturing, according to research by the Manufacturing Institute.

Nebraska Judge Agrees to Halt Condemnations For Keystone XL

February 26, 2015 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nebraska judge has issued a temporary order to stop a Canadian company from seizing access to land in one eastern county to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Canada Safety Board Says Latest Oil Train Derailment Shows New Safety Standards Are Inadequate

February 26, 2015 10:18 am | by WhochitGeneralNews | Videos | Comments

The Transportation Safety Board said Monday the Class 111 tank cars involved in the Feb. 14 CN train derailment met the upgraded standards for new tank cars carrying crude and other flammable liquids. But it says the cars still "performed similarly" to those involved in the derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people two years ago.

North Dakota Coal Production Increases 4 Percent in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy industry.

Industry Group Issues Warning For Fracking Vapors: 'One Breath Could be Death'

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Regulators are reportedly investigating four deaths on the Bakken range since 2010 that could be linked to vapor exposure, though none have been officially attributed to that cause.

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Oil Boom's End Threatens Pain For Much of Latin America

February 25, 2015 11:29 am | by JACOBO G. GARCIA, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Soaring oil prices the past decade transformed this rural backwater into Colombia's richest city as nearby fields pumped black gold, drawing new businesses, international pop stars and vanity art projects such as the biblical-themed arch that towers over these sweltering grasslands.

Top Russian Official: Western Sanctions Threaten Oil Output

February 25, 2015 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chairman of the Russian Security Council says Western sanctions are threatening the country's oil and gas industry.

Impact of Massive Oil Refinery Strike on Gas Prices

February 25, 2015 10:19 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Gas prices that fell for months have continued to climb for 29 straight days. Meanwhile, the largest oil refinery strike in 35 years is now in its fourth week. Does it mean the end of cheap gas?

Is Keystone Down The Tubes?

February 25, 2015 10:05 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

On Tuesday, the Keystone XL pipeline bill arrived at President Obama's desk and was promptly vetoed. So what does the future hold for the prospects of this major pipeline?

"Oil Company Death List" Report Reveals 19 Energy Companies in Danger

February 25, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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Obama to Veto Keystone XL Pipeline

February 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Fracking Regulation Debate Heats up Colorado

February 24, 2015 2:17 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Similar battles are playing out in other states, but it's especially intense in Colorado, which has abundant oil and gas, a deep-rooted belief in property rights and a strong environmental movement.

A New Source of Biofuel — Leather Sludge

February 24, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

Properly disposing of waste from the leather processing industry is a costly and tricky endeavor — which is why a team of scientists has been hard at work demonstrating that there could be way to make good use of this toxic sludge.

Chevron Pulls Out of Shale Gas Exploration in Romania

February 23, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company began drilling for shale gas at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, a project that drew protests. It is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.

Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail at 10 a Year

February 23, 2015 5:10 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the country.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Effort Comes to Energy-Rich Colorado

February 20, 2015 3:33 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels has come deep into energy country as activists ask the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies.

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.

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."

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