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Natural Gas Falls To 8-Month Low

July 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural gas fell to its lowest level in eight months Monday following forecasts that nationwide summer temperatures are expected to be milder than normal.                             

Lightning Threatens Fracking Water Disposal Sites

July 21, 2014 10:46 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. 

Vote Set To Ban Tar Sands Oil In Maine

July 21, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The vote will take place on Monday night. The city's planning board voted 6-1 last week to recommend the council approve the proposal. Nearly 500 people attended the council's first vote on the subject.                     

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Refinery Loses Legal Challenge Over Water Cleanup

July 21, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Pole refinery owner has lost its latest challenge in a long-running attempt to get a petroleum company to pay for groundwater contamination that contributed to the refinery's closure.                    

Testing Great Plains Shale For Energy Uses

July 21, 2014 10:40 am | by CARSON WALKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests this summer on Pierre Shale that stretches across much of the Great Plains could help build the case for an underground lab and, if feasible, lead to energy production or underground storage in the rock formation.             

Train Collision Spills Thousands Of Gallons Of Diesel Oil

July 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.            

Diamondback Energy Buys Oil & Gas Assets For $538M

July 21, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The acquisition, which is expected to close in September, will give Diamondback an additional 13,136 net acres in the Midland Basin, bringing its total to 85,000 net acres.                                   

Finding Oil With Sound: By The Numbers

July 21, 2014 10:15 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration approved using sonic air cannons to map offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean by measuring sound reverberating through waters shared by whales and other marine life. Here's a breakdown of the cost, in dollars and decibels.                                  

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Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Search

July 18, 2014 10:39 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles.

New Earthquake Map Shows Increased Risk For Much Of U.S.

July 18, 2014 10:29 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.                                     

Court Limits Reach Of Gas Drilling Law

July 17, 2014 4:26 pm | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry.                 

On The Hunt For The Hottest Job In America

July 17, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Know someone who’s feeling the heat at work-literally? Cintas Corporation and The Sqwincher Corporation, a leader in electrolyte replacement drinks, launched its “Hottest Job in America” contest for employees in high-heat environments. The prize package includes cooling products and a pair of NFL tickets.

New Gas Lines, Less Gas Leaks

July 17, 2014 10:25 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group.

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No Easy Answer To Fracking Health Questions

July 17, 2014 10:23 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.                   

Florida Sues Oil Company For Everglades Violations

July 17, 2014 10:14 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida's environmental agency says it is suing a Texas oil company for violating state drilling regulations at a well near the Everglades.                                  

Officials Suspicious Of Connection Between Gas Project & Oil Referendum

July 16, 2014 10:48 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision Alaska voters make on an oil-tax referendum next month could have implications for a proposed liquefied natural gas project, the senior project manager said Tuesday, a point deemed a scare tactic by one state lawmaker.  

China Moves Oil Rig Out Of Vietnamese Waters

July 16, 2014 10:44 am | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

China on Wednesday moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi after two months of drilling that triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the neighbors and led to deadly protests in Vietnam.                      

Banning Old Oil Train Cars

July 16, 2014 10:43 am | by PHUONG LE, MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing oil train wrecks and explosions and the agency's own findings that accidents pose an imminent hazard.

California Gets Tough On Refineries

July 16, 2014 10:38 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is coming to one of the nation's largest petroleum-producing areas to hold public hearings on a proposal aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from California to Texas through tough new controls on oil refineries.  

Texas City Rejects Fracking Ban

July 16, 2014 10:10 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

Court Dismisses Challenges To NY Fracking Review

July 15, 2014 10:03 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

The Link Between Injection Wells & Earthquakes

July 15, 2014 10:00 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.  

Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Shell Adds Third Major Discovery To Norphlet Play

July 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell announces its third major discovery in the Norphlet play in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico with the successful Rydberg exploration well.                           

Dozens Arrested At Maryland Gas Plant

July 15, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas.                                 

North Dakota Approves Pipeline To Diesel Refinery

July 15, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota regulators have approved a $7.9 million pipeline that will supply crude for a diesel refinery under construction near Dickinson.                                               

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