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North Dakota Finds More Radioactive Waste

April 25, 2014 10:49 am | by KEVIN BURBACH | News | Comments

North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the amount of radioactive material originally estimated to be there.

Protesters Occupy Oilfield

April 25, 2014 10:44 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Indigenous protesters have occupied Peru's biggest oilfield in the Amazon jungle near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination from spilled crude.                                  

Speeding Ship Caused Texas Oil Spill

April 25, 2014 10:43 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.                                      

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Wyoming Gas Explosion Interrupts Supplies

April 25, 2014 10:31 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

It remains to be seen just how much of a lasting natural gas-price spike people in the West will feel after a dramatic explosion and fire at a major gas processing plant in western Wyoming.                                   

Oil & Gas Firm Agrees To List Fracking Chemicals

April 25, 2014 10:24 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets.                   

KY Calls For Keystone Approval

April 24, 2014 11:30 am | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.            

Pirates Raid Fuel Tanker

April 24, 2014 11:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A maritime watchdog says pirates pilfered diesel fuel from a Thai tanker last week in Malaysian waters, making two such attacks in a week.                                  

Bill To Derail 'Big Oil' Lawsuits Stalls

April 24, 2014 10:33 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Orleans law firm launched a new web page Wednesday aimed at refuting arguments by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit seeking damages from the oil and gas industry over the loss of coastal wetlands.

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Marathon Proposes Louisiana Expansion

April 24, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Marathon Petroleum Corp. said it is taking the next step toward a potential $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion upgrade to the company's Garyville refinery.                                      

Gas Explosion Prompts Evacuation

April 24, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents and emergency crews are waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.                     

Natural Gas Pipeline Subcontractor Sues

April 23, 2014 10:21 am | by Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME | News | Comments

Another federal lawsuit has been filed in connection with the installation of a natural gas pipeline in the Kennebec Valley. A subcontractor hired to install the pipeline for the $350 million Summit Natural Gas Inc. project is suing the contractor as well as an insurance company.

Oil Below $102 As U.S. Crude Supplies Seen Rising

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press | News | Comments

By early afternoon in Europe, U.S. crude for May delivery was down 22 cents to $101.53 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract fell $1.90 to settle at $101.75.          

Documents Link SDRC Inc. And Keystone XXL

April 21, 2014 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A state-sponsored company that directed millions of dollars from foreign investors to the idled Northern Beef Packers plant and other projects in South Dakota before running afoul of authorities also attempted to help finance the now-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, documents show.

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Halliburton Posts $600M In Q1

April 21, 2014 11:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it was profitable in the first-quarter after reporting a loss for the period a year ago. Its latest results topped Wall Street expectations, and its shares edged up in premarket trading Monday.                      

Unions Back Fracking Boom

April 21, 2014 11:26 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

Fatal Accident At Oil Sands Site

April 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian company Suncor Energy says an employee has died after being "severely injured" at its oil sands site.                                       

Montana Proposes $45M In Oil Patch Grants

April 18, 2014 10:09 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch.         

Minnesota Pipe Line Seeks Expansion

April 17, 2014 10:28 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota Pipe Line Company plans to ask regulators for approval to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities.                               

Sinclair Refinery Faces $201K Fine

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State safety regulators are proposing a $201,000 fine against Sinclair Oil Corp. for violations stemming from a fire last September at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming.                    

Oil Tanker Pirates Sentenced 12 Years

April 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A German court has sentenced a Somali man to 12 years in prison for helping lead a group of pirates who seized a German-operated oil tanker in 2010.                               

Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories At Record High

April 17, 2014 9:42 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The elevated inventory levels are the result of the continuing strong crude oil production growth, the opening of TransCanada's Marketlink Pipeline, and a drop in crude oil inputs at USGC refineries as a result of seasonal maintenance.     

New Natural Gas Project In Jamaica

April 16, 2014 10:45 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday.                          

NY Updates Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 16, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.                                             

Sudanese Rebels Capture Oil Capital

April 16, 2014 10:24 am | by ILYA GRIDNEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded.

Kentucky Drilling Scam Convictions Upheld

April 16, 2014 10:17 am | by BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned.                     

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