Protestors gathered last week outside the offices of Pennsylvania Senator Chuck McIlhinney demanding a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking." The protest was part of a statewide push by anti-fracking citizens and environmental groups to put pressure on lawmakers.
BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company has argued that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money to businesses with inflated or fictitious claims.
New England's love affair with natural gas appears to be showing strain as the regional power grid operator voices worry about too much demand on limited supplies, and a leading environmental group criticizes the fuel it once supported.
A group of Democrats in Michigan's Republican-controlled House introduced a package of bills Thursday that would tighten state regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which releases natural gas trapped in deep underground rock formations.
The bodies of less than half of the 50 people believed dead in a runaway oil train's explosive derailment have been recovered, nearly a week after the accident which demolished a large part of a Quebec town. Police said four more bodies had been found, bringing the total found to 24.
Six environmental activists were attempting Thursday to scale the Shard, Western Europe's tallest building, to protest drilling in the Arctic by oil companies. Greenpeace group said the six climbers, all women, hoped to affix an artwork to the top of the 310-meter (1,017-foot) tower on the south bank of the River Thames in London.
Crews worked Wednesday to seal an old oil and gas well off the Louisiana coast that began leaking during work to plug it permanently. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said the bureau has reviewed and approved plans to seal the well.
State regulators have dropped a proposal that would have limited Pacific Gas & Electric's penalty for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion to the money it was already spending to upgrade its gas system. The Public Utilities Commission's safety division asked the commission's hearing officers to withdraw the plan and allow them to submit a new proposal by next Monday.
Edison Chouest Offshore says it will build more than 40 new vessels to meet growing demand for offshore oil and gas support in the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic and Brazil. Most of the construction work will be spread among Chouest's four U.S.-affiliate shipyards — North American Shipbuilding in Larose, LaShip in Houma, Gulf Ship in Gulfport, Miss., and Tampa Ship in Tampa, Fla. — as well as its Brazilian shipyard, Navship.
Natural gas leaked Tuesday from an old, non-producing well at an oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles off the Louisiana coast after a crew working to plug the well lost control of it, the Coast Guard said. A crew of five was working to plug the old well permanently when saltwater and a small amount of natural gas and the light oil and water mixture called condensate began escaping Monday.
A private company says a planned $800 million electric power plant in eastern Ohio will be powered by natural gas from shale drilling. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Carroll County Energy plans to build the 700-megawatt plant on 77 acres near Carrollton, southeast of Canton.
The lead Transportation Safety Board investigator Donald Ross told the Associated Press the rail tankers involved in a derailment and explosions that wiped out the heart of a small town in Quebec have a history of puncturing during accidents.
An EPA fracking study drew heated criticism over its methodology and awaited a peer review that promised to settle the dispute. Now the EPA will instead hand the study over to the state of Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana, the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.
A Phillips 66 pipeline with a record of prior accidents spilled an estimated 25,000 gallons of gasoline in a remote area outside a small town on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, but no public health problems were anticipated, federal officials said Friday.
Josh Fox galvanized the U.S. anti-fracking movement with his incendiary 2010 documentary "Gasland." Now he's back with a sequel — and this time, he's targeting an audience of just one. He contends President Barack Obama's professed support of drilling and fracking for natural gas ignores the environmental and public health toll of the drilling boom.
Fires continued burning more than 24 hours after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town's center and killed at least one person. Police said they expected the death toll to increase.
For all its political clout and financial prowess, the shale gas exploration and drilling industry hasn't been able to get its foot in the door in southern New York. One reason: Folks like Sue Rapp and Vera Scroggins are standing in the way.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed Tuesday to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped run BP's multibillion-dollar settlement fund. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order naming Freeh, who now runs a consulting firm, a "special master" for the investigation.
U.S. District Judge Monti Belot gave another win Tuesday to a Nebraska gas firm in a lawsuit over the condemnation of more than 9,100 acres in south-central Kansas. The judge granted partial summary judgment to Northern Natural Gas in the latest ruling in a decades-old legal fight stemming from gas seeping from an underground storage facility.
A Kansas company is seeking shipping commitments from oil producers to use a proposed pipeline that would carry crude from western North Dakota's booming oil patch to Illinois. Wichita-based Koch Pipeline Co. said Monday that oil shippers have until Aug. 14 to solicit interest in the Dakota Express Pipeline.
BP says its northwestern Indiana oil refinery is back at full production with major unit back in operation. The oil giant says startup of the new 250,000 barrel-per-day crude distillation unit at the Whiting Refinery marks a major milestone in the ongoing $3.8 billion upgrade and expansion of the facility along Lake Michigan.
BP has agreed to a $7 million settlement to resolve lawsuits filed last year after the oil giant recalled about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline in four Midwestern states. Several law firms had sued BP Products North America Inc. on behalf of thousands of consumers who bought the incorrectly formulated gas in August 2012 in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Shell Oil Co. has again delayed a decision on buying land in western Pennsylvania for a proposed multimillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County. Officials announced Friday that Shell and Horsehead Corp. had signed another six-month extension on an option on the Potter Township site about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Washington state oil refineries are preparing to accept crude oil shipments from North Dakota. BP's refinery at Cherry Point and the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale, both in the northwestern corner of the state, want to diversify their supply, with oil production in Alaska falling from historic levels.
The propane, butane, pentane and ethane in West Virginia and neighboring states is so plentiful and profitable that Williams Partners is spending $4.5 billion to process the natural gas liquids. In Marshall County, the Tulsa, Okla.-based company has three sites of operation.