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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.                                 

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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.

Oil Spill Cleanup Continues In Texas

March 25, 2014 11:02 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three days after the collision, the cleanup effort is still going on in earnest. But authorities hope the channel's closure could end sometime today, allowing more than 80 stranded ships to resume activity.                   

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.

Driller Tax Hike Dispute Continues

March 25, 2014 11:00 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

The administration of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is differing with legislative budget analysts on how much a proposed tax increase on big oil-and-gas drillers will generate, as the two sides move toward a compromise this week.           

Fracking Activist Asks Judge To Lift Her Site Ban

March 25, 2014 10:47 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region asked a judge for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state's leading natural gas drillers.

DOE Approves LNG Terminal In Oregon

March 25, 2014 10:42 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Department gave conditional authorization Monday for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

Oil Exec Held Under House Arrest In Mexico

March 25, 2014 10:31 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The executive is being held under a form of house arrest that allows authorities to hold him for up to 40 days without charges, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said. He said authorities had found evidence of wrongdoing but they continue to investigate.

5 Things To Know About The Texas Oil Spill

March 25, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

What happened, who is at fault, what is the response and how will the environment and economy be impacted by the weekend oil spill in Texas?                                                             

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Inexpensive Natural Gas Is Boosting Manufacturing Jobs

March 25, 2014 10:21 am | by The United States Conference of Mayors | News | Comments

Unveiled by key members of USCM's Advanced Manufacturing Task Force, the Impact of the Manufacturing Renaissance from Energy Intensive Sources shows how the new availability of inexpensive natural gas has ignited the steel, iron, fabricated metals and machinery manufacturing industries as well as those of plastic, rubber, resin and organic chemicals.

Ship Collision Spills 168,000 Gallons Of Oil

March 24, 2014 11:20 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as about a fifth of its cargo into the waterway.

Property Owners Sue Over WV Pipeline Blast

March 24, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NiSource Inc. and two subsidiaries are being sued by two Sissonville property owners over a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion.                             

Oil Spill Closes U.S. Shipping Channel

March 24, 2014 11:06 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

Colorado Debates Drilling Health Study

March 21, 2014 10:25 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado proposal to commission a new study about the health effects of drilling on the Front Range sparked strong emotions in its first legislative hearing.                        

In the dessert of Oman, the water used to drill for crude oil is being cleaned using only reeds, gravity, sunlight and hungry microbes.

Naturally Purifying Drilling Water

March 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Shell | Videos | Comments

In the dessert of Oman, the water used to drill for crude oil is being cleaned using only reeds, gravity, sunlight and hungry microbes.                                            

Cyprus Peace May Ease European Gas Fears

March 20, 2014 10:40 am | by MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

An agreement to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus could ease the supply of newly-found offshore gas to Europe by allowing it to go through Turkey, the U.S. ambassador to the east Mediterranean island nation said Thursday.

Crude Oil Inventories Down 29%

March 20, 2014 10:37 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Crude oil inventories at Cushing, Oklahoma, the primary crude oil storage location in the United States and the delivery location for the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures contract, declined 12 million barrels (29%) over the past seven weeks.

AR Lawmakers Override Gas Tax Break Veto

March 20, 2014 10:33 am | by ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Legislature overrode Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a $5 million tax exemption for natural gas drillers, despite the governor's warning that including the tax break in a budget bill was unconstitutional and jeopardizes pay raises proposed for state workers.

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.

BP Wins 24 Bids In Gulf Oil Sale

March 20, 2014 10:29 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

High bids from Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC made up more than one-third of the $850.8 million total at Wednesday's federal oil lease sale for the central Gulf of Mexico. It also was the first sale since the government said BP PLC can again secure federal contracts; the company made $41.6 million in high bids.

AK Senate Passes Gas Project Bill

March 19, 2014 11:11 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alaska Senate on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project, over nagging concerns about the role of TransCanada Corp.                     

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.

BP Makes 31 Bids On Gulf Oil Lease Sale

March 19, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the first federal oil lease sale since the government said BP PLC can again get federal contracts, BP has bids on 31 tracts in the central Gulf of Mexico.                                 

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