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Utility Won't Appeal $1.6 Billion Penalty For Deadly Blast

April 9, 2015 4:44 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's largest power utility says it won't appeal a record $1.6 billion penalty from the state for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.

Analysts: Could Oil Industry Consolidation Mirror 1990s?

April 9, 2015 4:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Energy sector observers expect that the $70 billion proposed deal between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group should be just the first in a wave of oil industry consolidation.

Scientists Seek Source of Giant Methane Mass Over Southwest

April 9, 2015 11:17 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.

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California Regulator: State's Utility "Too Big" For Safety?

April 9, 2015 10:04 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

Big Oil Deposit Near London Airport, But Will be Hard to Tap

April 9, 2015 9:58 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A British energy company says there is oil, and lots of it, near London's Gatwick Airport. The question is how much of it can be pumped from the ground.

Report Expects Demand For Oilfield Chemicals To Increase

April 8, 2015 5:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The analysis projects that technological advances and continued exploration and development of oil and gas reserves will generate an average annual growth rate of 6 percent in oilfield chemicals.

3 Finance Stories to Watch — And What They Mean For Chemical Manufacturers

April 8, 2015 4:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Follow the money.

Shell Seeks Order to Remove Protesters From Arctic drill Rig

April 8, 2015 10:48 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an oil-drilling rig leased by Shell across the Pacific.

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Shell Looks to Acquire BG Group in Historic $70B Deal

April 8, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to acquire U.K.-based BG Group in one of the largest deals ever in the oil and gas sector.  

Is Fracking Responsible For Earthquakes In Oklahoma?

April 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

As the earthquakes in Oklahoma increase, the debate over the link between seismic activity and fracking rages on.

5 Years After BP Spill, Industry Touts Ability to Respond

April 7, 2015 4:58 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil companies say they can clean up offshore spills far faster today than five years ago when BP's Macondo well blew out 45 miles (72 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana, spawning the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Summer Gas Prices Expected to be 32 Percent Lower This Year

April 7, 2015 4:50 pm | by DAMIAN J. TROISE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drivers will see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years, according to the Energy Department.

Mexico, First Reserve Strike $1B Energy Investment Deal

April 7, 2015 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-run oil company and U.S.-based First Reserve are announcing a $1 billion deal to invest in the energy sector.

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Greenpeace Group Boards Arctic Offshore Drill Rig in Pacific

April 7, 2015 10:46 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 400-foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on board a heavy-lift vessel about 750 miles northwest of Hawaii when the activists approached in inflatable boats and used climbing gear to get on board.

US Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Upgrades

April 7, 2015 9:49 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuel-hauling tank cars need retrofits to prevent more explosive train wrecks — and the public can't wait another decade for the improvements as has been suggested by industry, U.S. safety officials said.

Obama Presents Climate Change as Hazard to Your Health

April 7, 2015 9:44 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama is aiming to put a spotlight on ways that climate change will have real impacts on the body, like more asthma attacks, allergic reactions and injuries from extreme weather.

'Fight Club' Actor Speaks Out Against Fracking

April 7, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In films, he's played poker with Matt Damon and fought with Brad Pitt. Now actor Edward Norton is lending his voice to the anti-fracking campaign in Maryland.

State Posts Details of $225M Exxon Settlement on Website

April 6, 2015 2:49 pm | by MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's what you need to know about the four-page proposal.

Modi Blames Changing Lifestyles For India's Rising Pollution

April 6, 2015 10:52 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

While already the world's third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, India is still home to at least 300 million people with no electricity at all, while hundreds of millions have just a couple of hours a day. Bringing them all onto a 24-hour electricity grid fueled primarily by coal could jeopardize global efforts to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

High-Efficiency Wood Heating Systems Winning Converts

April 6, 2015 10:00 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a shed behind the building. But that's where the similarity ends.

Pemex Begins to Restore Production at Fire-Damaged Platform

April 6, 2015 9:16 am | by KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said Sunday.

Exxon CEO Talks Arctic Oil Drilling, Risks, Lessons

April 2, 2015 3:37 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The Arctic is the next great frontier for oil and gas — and one of the most environmentally fragile places on earth.

Tanker Ran Aground Off Galveston Refloated, no Hull Breach

April 2, 2015 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A tanker hauling about 400,000 barrels of crude oil has been refloated after running aground off Texas while bound for the Port of Houston.

Pipeline Developer Sues More Than 100 W.Va. Property Owners

April 2, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 100 property owners in West Virginia are being sued by the developer of a proposed natural gas pipeline.

ONEOK Partners Plans to Extend West Texas Pipeline to Mexico

April 2, 2015 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based ONEOK on Wednesday night announced the venture with a subsidiary of Fermaca Infrastructure of Mexico City.

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