Crews are expected this week to begin drilling a relief well at the site of a natural gas well that blew wild off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The work to drill into and then plug the well with mud and cement is expected to take about 35 days.
As hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking” becomes more common, the industry waits for public understanding of this process to catch up to recent advances in the field. Here, we take a look at four common myths about fracking and drill down to find the truth.
Workers in white suits used buckets to scoop up globs of crude oil blackening the once white sands and emerald waters of a tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea on Tuesday, as the oil slick continued to spread three days after leaking from a nearby pipeline.
Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. As the researchers worked, federal and private vessels could be seen coming and going from the site.
The Obama administration has delayed by nearly a year a plan to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery explosion that killed at least 47 people in Canada this month. Officials began work on the rule more than a year before an oil train derailed and exploded in Quebec on July 6.
Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province on Saturday morning from a leak in a pipeline.
Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said Thursday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal investigation charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana.
A drilling rig that caught fire after a natural gas blowout in the Gulf of Mexico appears stable now that the fire is out, and there was no sign of any oil sheen on a fly-over Thursday morning, a rig company executive said. The well had blown wild Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of 44 workers.
Federal officials have contacted Halliburton Co. and Baker Hughes Inc. as part of an antitrust investigation into an oil and gas drilling process used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Neither company gave any details about the information requested by the government.
Natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe, regulators said Thursday. The well "bridged over," the line blocked by sand and sediment that filled in the area being drilled.
A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Energy and based on a year of monitoring reports no evidence to support claims that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing operations have contaminated drinking water aquifers in western Pennsylvania.
An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast caught fire late Tuesday, hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated from the drilling rig following a mid-morning blowout, a federal agency confirmed. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
Canadian gold miner Barrick Gold Corporation said Tuesday that it plans to sell an oil and gas division, Barrick Energy, for 455 million Canadian dollars ($440 million) to oil and gas producer Canadian Natural Resources and two other buyers.
The oil and gas industry has cost Louisiana hundreds of acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against flooding from hurricanes, officials in charge of New Orleans-area flood protection say in a lawsuit seeking to hold dozens of companies responsible.
Rep. Karen Bass introduced an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014 that calls for no federal funds to be used to implement, administer or enforce fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field for the coming fiscal year.
Residents are debating whether to get back into the oil business, 80 years after this wealthy coastal town first banned drilling. An environmental review is scheduled to begin Wednesday on a project to drill as many as 30 wells, and an election on the matter could be held next spring.
A pipeline explosion Sunday that injured seven people and sent flames and smoke shooting hundreds of feet into the air in central Mexico was caused by illegal tapping, Mexico's state-owned oil company said. The pre-dawn explosion in a farm field injured four police officers and three firefighters.
A proposal in Lansing would use tax incentives to prompt construction of a new oil processing facility as part of an effort to keep gas prices in check. Legislation proposed last week aims to attract a new, relatively small refinery to the state.
Short-term demand for frac sand in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota has fallen because there's more available than the industry currently needs. Demand had exploded several years ago, spurring companies to open mines and processing facilities.
Representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. appeared at before federal regulators Wednesday to contest $1.7 million in proposed civil penalties over a Montana oil spill. The penalties stem from a 2011 pipeline break that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Laurel.
Chem.Info Contributed to this report. Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it is appointing its downstream director Ben van Beurden to replace Peter Voser as CEO when Voser retires next year. Van Beurden's promotion marks a return to a Dutchman leading the Netherlands-British multinational after the tenure of Voser, who is Swiss.
It's been called the worst environmental disaster in state history: A broken pipeline belched more than a million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek, aquifer and pond. Yet nearly eight years later, cleanup efforts are ongoing — with no end in sight, state health officials say.
State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations. The Environment Department says the settlement with Occidental Permian Limited Partnership is worth more than $920,000.
BP asked a federal judge on Tuesday to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.
Members of Delaware's Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted unanimously to dismiss an appeal of a state-issued permit for a new crude oil transfer station, ruling that they had no standing to challenge an air quality permit granted to PBF Energy in May.