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Evacuation Lifted After Plant Explosion

April 2, 2014 10:43 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have lifted the evacuation order around a liquefied natural gas plant on the Washington-Oregon border after an explosion there a day earlier.                            

PG&E Facing Criminal Charges In Fatal Pipeline Blast

April 2, 2014 10:39 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged Tuesday with U.S. felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

New Natural Gas Pipeline For North Carolina

April 2, 2014 10:36 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. and Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. said Tuesday they want to invest in a new natural gas pipeline into North Carolina that can deliver more of the cheap fuel to customers and especially to new power plants run by the country's largest electricity company.

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Petrochemical Plant Protest Turns Violent

April 1, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A southern Chinese city has vowed to listen to public opinion in deciding whether to go ahead with a petrochemical plant after protests by residents turned into violent riots.                          

Wyoming Oil & Gas Supervisor Resigns

April 1, 2014 10:09 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Grant Black announced his resignation Monday after less than a year on the job, and the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission named an interim oil and gas supervisor to replace him.                           

4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Explosion & Fire At Gas Processing Plant

March 31, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A large explosion and fire Monday at natural gas processing plant near the Washington-Oregon border injured four workers and led to the evacuation of about 200 people from nearby homes as flames and a mushroom-shaped cloud of black smoke reached high into the air.

Chevron Searches For Shale Gas In Poland

March 31, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Poland's gas giant PGNiG says it has signed an agreement with Chevron to jointly hunt for shale gas in southwestern Poland in a move to speed up the exploration.                                  

Persian Gulf Still An Investment Risk

March 31, 2014 10:44 am | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite improvements in regulations and moves to diversify Arab economies away from natural resources, global investors remain wary of doing business in Gulf countries because of regional upheaval and other potentially destabilizing factors, according to a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit released Monday.

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No Additional Oil Found In Lake Michigan

March 31, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.                     

Neighbors Bicker Over Forced Gas Drilling

March 31, 2014 10:40 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, MARC LEVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a Pennsylvania community and raising the possibility that lawmakers will have to take sides.

Alaskan LNG Project Moves Forward

March 31, 2014 10:33 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas company executives said they're prepared to move into the next phase of pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project under terms of a bill that recently passed the Alaska Senate.

Ex-BP Engineer Seeks Sentencing Delay

March 27, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                                   

North Dakota Oil Spill Cleanup Continues

March 27, 2014 2:59 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

One large oil spill in western North Dakota is nearly cleaned up, but work will continue for at least another week on a separate release near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, the state Health Department says.

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China: World's Largest Importer Of Petroleum & Liquid Fuels

March 27, 2014 1:35 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

As of September 2013, China's net imports of petroleum and other liquids exceeded those of the United States on a monthly basis, making it the largest net importer of crude oil and other liquids in the world.                           

Companies To Be Repaid If Drilling Rights Are Rejected

March 27, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Bureau of Land Management official says the government would need to repay $2.6 million to petroleum companies if the U.S. Forest Service decides next year not to allow gas drilling in part of the Wyoming Range.                      

Tight Oil Production Pushes U.S. Supply Over 10% Of World Total

March 27, 2014 10:47 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. tight oil production averaged 3.22 million barrels per day in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates.                                     

Energy Boom Boosting The West

March 27, 2014 10:39 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that 6 of the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas and 8 of the 10 fastest-growing counties in the country are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West.

Coast Guard Gives Barrel Count For Lake Michigan Spill

March 27, 2014 10:33 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An initial assessment of a Lake Michigan oil spill shows that between nine and 18 barrels of crude oil entered the lake following a malfunction at oil giant BP's sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Lawmakers Take Hard Look At Oil Shipping Safety

March 27, 2014 10:25 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers are working to ensure that increased rail shipments of oil to Delaware come with adequate safety and response measures.                                  

Oil Spill In Lake Michigan

March 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews from BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected a section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said.

Hudson River Oil Terminal Faces More Scrutiny

March 25, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators are seeking more information from a Massachusetts company that plans to expand its Hudson River facilities routing rail shipments of North Dakota crude oil to coastal refineries.                                 

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 Declares Force Majeure

March 25, 2014 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Nigeria is declaring "force majeure" on exports from its Forcados crude oil terminal that stopped operating on March 4 because of a leak in its undersea pipeline.                         

Vancouver Oil-Transfer Terminal Finds Little Love

March 25, 2014 4:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Columbian newspaper reports at least 30 people testified during Tuesday's meeting of the Port's board of commissioners, with almost all concerned about safety and environmental risks. The testimony came a week after a majority of Vancouver City Council members opposed the project.

Calls To Increase U.S. Natural Gas Exports Grow Louder

March 25, 2014 4:08 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers from both parties urged the Obama administration to speed up natural gas exports as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine and other countries.                               

Ohio Oil Leak Estimated At 20K Gallons

March 25, 2014 11:06 am | by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials now estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil — double the initial estimates — leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio.

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