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Mexico Gives Oil Reform Approval

December 18, 2013 4:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's federal congress has certified that 24 of the country's 31 state legislatures have approved sweeping energy reforms that allow private companies to explore for and produce oil and gas.                                                                     

BP Makes A 'Significant' Discovery In The Gulf

December 18, 2013 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says the find at an exploration well on Keathley Canyon Block 93 is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans and in approximately 4,900 feet (1,493 meters) of water. BP says more drilling is necessary to determine how big, and potentially how valuable, it might be.

Oil Workers Sue For Overtime Pay

December 18, 2013 11:09 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a major oil drilling business say a federal lawsuit accusing the company of failing to pay overtime to workers in the North Dakota oil patch should be thrown out, according to court documents filed Tuesday.                 

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Verdict Reached In BP Engineer's Trial

December 18, 2013 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said that a verdict has been reached Wednesday morning in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct an investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil Tanker Attacked

December 17, 2013 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek authorities say an oil tanker has come under armed attack off the west coast of Africa, and the ship's Ukrainian captain and Greek first engineer have been kidnapped.                                       

Harvest Natural Closes Venezuela Deal

December 16, 2013 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Harvest Natural Resources Inc. jumped Monday after the energy company said it closed the first of two transactions in a $400-million sale of its Venezuelan assets.                                      

BP Trial Winding Down

December 16, 2013 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                                                          

Stage Is Set For Clean Energy In 2014

December 16, 2013 10:57 am | by Natural Resources Defense Council | News | Comments

In a key year for the American people’s health and the environment, the nation has expanded clean energy and efficiency and acted against climate change, but further steps are needed to protect our communities and public health in 2014, according to experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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BP Engineer Won't Testify At His Own Trial

December 13, 2013 11:15 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer isn't expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                             

PA Plant Recycling Shale Water

December 13, 2013 11:08 am | by ANYA LIVTAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | News | Comments

Starting in January, Daniel Ertel's wastewater processing plant in Williamsport will start churning out commodities: Oil. Methanol. Sodium chloride.                                               

Mexico's Oil Opening Looms Closer

December 13, 2013 11:05 am | by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's sweeping away of seven decades of nationalist protections and letting foreign companies back into its oil fields is crucial to bringing the expertise and money needed to rejuvenate its sclerotic energy industry, supporters say.

Senators Want Check Of Oil Pipeline Beneath Lakes

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Three U.S. senators have asked a federal agency to check on the safety of an oil pipeline that runs beneath Great Lakes waters. The request was made Wednesday in a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Natural Gas Company Proposes Pipeline Upgrade

December 11, 2013 10:25 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

American Midstream Partners is proposing the reconstruction of its American Midstream Midla mainline pipeline in Louisiana and Mississippi. The company is conducting a so-called "open season," which is a period of courting shippers to determine if the project is viable. 

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Gas Leak Capped After Underground Fire

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokesman Jason King told KRON4-TV the utility responded to the scene and found a 4-inch plastic gas main had ruptured. At one point, television news footage showed flames coming from below the roadway.   

Judge Rejects Mistrial Motion For Ex-BP Engineer

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kurt Mix is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He has pleaded not guilty.                                                    

Pakistan To Push Forward On Gas Project With Iran

December 10, 2013 9:38 am | by ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pakistan will push forward with a controversial pipeline to import natural gas from neighboring Iran, Pakistan said Tuesday, a project opposed by the United States. The U.S. has opposed the project and instead supported an alternative proposal. 

Entergy Gulf States Louisiana Inks Deal With Sasol

December 10, 2013 9:34 am | News | Comments

Entergy Gulf States Louisiana has signed a six-year power supply deal with the South African energy company behind a planned $7 billion petrochemical project in Westlake. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana said Monday that it has agreed to supply up to 200 megawatts of electricity. 

Jobs vs. Environment In Pinelands Pipe Plan Fracas

December 10, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

The age-old jobs-versus-the-environment clash is playing out again, this time in the New Jersey Pinelands, a million-acre spread of protected woods and wetlands that happens to be in the way of a proposed pipeline.         

Fuel Tanker Accident Kills 14

December 10, 2013 9:24 am | by MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fuel tanker overturned and exploded, killing 14 people. Police officials say the tanker was pulling a trailer and overturned for unknown reasons. They say a large quantity of fuel spilled, causing a huge fire that engulfed a nearby minibus and a rickshaw.  

Oil Plant Fire Injures One

December 9, 2013 5:10 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire Monday at an oil plant in northern Nevada critically injured a 24-year-old refinery worker. In a statement, Bango Refining said one of its tanks ruptured around 9:15 a.m., sending up a thick plume of black smoke. The company recycles used lubricating oil.

Canada Plans Claim That Would Include North Pole

December 9, 2013 5:06 pm | News | Comments

Canada's foreign minister says the country intends to extend its seabed claims in the Arctic to include the North Pole. Countries including the U.S. and Russia are increasingly looking to the Arctic as a source of natural resources, including oil and gas, and shipping lanes.

Chevron Continues Exploring Romania For Shale

December 9, 2013 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron says it has resumed exploration for shale gas in northeastern Romania a day after suspending work when hundreds of anti-fracking protesters tore down fences.                             

Unions Demand A Fix For Gas Leaks

December 9, 2013 10:20 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. It's a huge national effort that could cost $82 billion.

QEP Resources To Spend $950M On Oil Property Deal

December 9, 2013 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

QEP Resources plans to spend about $950 million acquiring oil and gas properties located mainly in the Midland sub-basin in two West Texas counties.                                          

Shell Scraps $12.5 Billion LA Plant

December 6, 2013 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell has decided to abandon plans to build a massive $12.5 billion plant in Louisiana that would have turned natural gas into liquid fuels like diesel.                                     

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