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Questions Arise Over State's Share Of PG&E Blast Payout

September 3, 2014 10:10 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

By far the largest share of a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people will go directly to the state with no strings attached.                 

Portland Reaches Propane Terminal Deal

September 3, 2014 10:07 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Port of Portland said it has reached an agreement with a company that wants to build a terminal to temporarily house propane imported by rail from Canada then exported by ship to Asia.                               

5 Protesters Arrested After Blocking Oil Train

September 3, 2014 10:02 am | by DOUG ESSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

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Judges Recommend $1.4B Penalty For PG&E

September 3, 2014 10:00 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighborhood. 

Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                                   

Pembina Buys Vantage Pipeline For $650M

September 2, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pembina Pipeline Corp. is buying the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc.'s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant for $650 million.                                       

Water Shortages Threaten China Shale Gas Plan

September 2, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 60 percent of China's vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas, according to a U.S.-based research group.                         

Statoil Resumes Algerian Operations After Deaths

September 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Norwegian oil company Statoil says it will resume operations at a gas field in Algeria, 19 months after five Norwegian workers were killed in a terrorist attack there.                               

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Marcellus Shale Drillers Under-Reported Waste

September 2, 2014 9:56 am | by ANYA LITVAK, MAXWELL RADWIN, The Post-Gazette | News | Comments

EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story.                   

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Dominion & Duke To Build A $5B Natural Gas Pipeline

September 2, 2014 9:52 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.                 

Nanoparticle Research Could Enhance Oil Recovery, Tracing Of Fracking Fluid

August 28, 2014 4:03 pm | by Colorado State University | News | Comments

Two Colorado State University researchers are examining how nanoparticles move underground, knowledge that could eventually help improve recovery in oil fields and discover where hydraulic fracking chemicals travel.                    

Argentina & Malaysia Reach $550M Shale Deal

August 28, 2014 3:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Argentina has reached a deal with Malaysian national oil company Petronas to help develop what is believed to be among the largest shale oil deposits in the world.                                       

Future Of 'Big Oil' Suit At Stake

August 28, 2014 3:55 pm | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.                               

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Natural Gas Liquids Challenge Oil As Petrochemical Feedstock In North America

August 28, 2014 3:46 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

The increasing use of cost-advantaged natural gas liquids as a feedstock by North American petrochemical producers means that less propylene is being produced as a co-product by the region’s steam crackers. This trend is driving greater global need for on-purpose production of propylene, which is a key chemical building block second in demand only to ethylene, according to new research.

Rail Oil Deliveries Increase Through 2014

August 28, 2014 10:16 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moved by U.S. railroads increased 9% during the first seven months of this year compared with the same period in 2013.                     

Alaska Voters Reject Petroleum Tax Repeal

August 28, 2014 9:57 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska voters have retained a new petroleum production tax system that offers hope of increased investment and jobs but drew criticism as a giveaway to already profitable oil companies.                           

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Explosion At BP Refinery

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which rattled nearby homes.                                             

Liquid Fuel Production Growth Offsets Supply Disruptions

August 27, 2014 10:04 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Record-setting liquid fuels production growth in the United States has more than offset the rise in unplanned global supply disruptions over the past few years, although differences in quality and location suggest that the substitution may not be exactly 1-for-1. 

New Pipeline Opened Across Southern Europe

August 27, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new pipeline has been opened that will pump gas from Romania to Moldova in an attempt to reduce the former Soviet republic's dependence on Russian energy.                     

Oregon City Explores Owning A Gas Utility

August 27, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Hermiston has voted to start its own natural gas utility to serve an expanded agricultural plant and other industrial development south of the fast-growing city in northeast Oregon.                    

Propane Train Derails, Prompts Evacuation

August 27, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying unscented propane derailed near Canada's border with Minnesota and North Dakota early Tuesday.                                      

The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

August 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.

The Impact Of Shale Gas Acceptance On The Sensors Market

August 26, 2014 4:55 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

The shale gas industry holds great promise for sensors, but it is heavily dependent on government acceptance due to the numerous environmental concerns (earthquakes, pollution) associated with fracking.                 

Oilfield Waste Disposal Facility Under Construction

August 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vanguard Environmental has begun construction on the controversial oilfield-waste disposal facility north of downtown Houma, Louisiana.                                    

Politicians Cheer Pittsburgh Airport Gas Drilling

August 25, 2014 4:48 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The start of natural gas drilling near the Pittsburgh International Airport was cheered Monday by Pennsylvania politicians from both parties.                               

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