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Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Keystone Protesters Arrested At The White House

March 3, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Stretched across the bottom of the Straights of Mackinac are two 20-inch pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily. The pipes were laid in 1953 and they've never leaked, but a growing chorus is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up p

Buried Great Lakes Pipelines Raise Spill Fears

March 3, 2014 10:37 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Stretched across the bottom of the Straights of Mackinac are pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily. Although they've never leaked, a growing chorus is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up production elsewhere boosts the amount of oil coursing through pipelines.

Navajos Cash In On Drilling Royalties

February 28, 2014 10:32 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Association Press | News | Comments

New Mexico has brokered an agreement between the federal government and a state-run college that has the potential to open hundreds of thousands of acres in the San Juan Basin to oil and gas drilling and result in royalties for thousands of Navajo landowners.

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Fight Over 'Big Oil" Bill Heats Up

February 28, 2014 10:28 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands announced plans to fight legislation they say could undermine not only the lawsuit, but the political independence of the board.

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Chevron's Pizza Apology Blunder Goes Viral

February 28, 2014 7:29 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire near a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apologize for this kind of accident and what will this viral snafu mean for Chevron?

Risks High As AK Takes On LNG Project Alone

February 27, 2014 11:20 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell told the House Resources Committee on Wednesday that if the state pursues the gas treatment plant and pipeline project without TransCanada Corp. as a partner, Alaska's share of project costs could be more than half the state's unrestricted general fund revenue near the start of construction, around 2020.

TX Pipeline Bomber Withdraws Plea

February 27, 2014 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has allowed a North Texas man to withdraw his guilty plea to trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline with a homemade bomb last year.                           

Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

Oil Rail Cars Deemed Unacceptable

February 27, 2014 11:09 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

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Shell Nigeria Closes Major Pipeline

February 27, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Nigeria says it has closed a 6,000-kilometer (3,700-mile) oil pipeline to repair leaks from oil theft.                                           

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is touting the state's new air pollution curbs on the oil and gas industry — but he insists that local efforts to curb drilling run afoul of constitutional property rights.

CO Governor Touts Air Pollution Rules But Won't Curb Drilling

February 26, 2014 10:48 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is touting the state's new air pollution curbs on the oil and gas industry — but he insists that local efforts to curb drilling run afoul of constitutional property rights.

Explosion Hits Natural Gas Pipeline In Egypt

February 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Egyptian gas company officials say an explosion has hit a natural gas pipeline in the restive Sinai Peninsula, an attack similar to militant strikes on pipelines that have proliferated in recent years.

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involvin

Feds Order Crude Tested Before Shipping Via Rail

February 26, 2014 10:24 am | by JOAN LOWY, MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, in response to a string of train accidents involving oil from the Bakken region.

Keystone Route Fight Headed To NE Supreme Court

February 25, 2014 10:22 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Monday that its proposed route through Nebraska is still legally valid until a higher court decides whether the state's current pipeline law is constitutional.                            

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A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed at New Orleans today following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil from a barge.

Mississippi Reopens After Spill

February 25, 2014 10:05 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.                          

Oil Imports On The Decline

February 25, 2014 9:50 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The drop in net imports of oil (crude and petroleum products combined) was the major contributor to the United States reaching its lowest net trade deficit in November 2013 since 2009.                      

CO Approves New Oil & Gas Drilling Rules

February 24, 2014 11:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials approved a sweeping plan Sunday to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling, including the nation's first statewide limit on methane emissions.                             

Injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the onshore drilling and fracking boom in 2007 show the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures, according to a Houston Chronicle in

Oil Field Safety Standards In Question

February 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the onshore drilling and fracking boom in 2007 show the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation.

Gas Boom Expected To Boost PA Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 11:00 am | by TIMOTHY PUKO, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

The gas boom could be the biggest opportunity for local manufacturers in at least 30 years, company officials said.                                                          

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed at New Orleans today following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil from a barge.

Oil Spill Closes The Mississippi At New Orleans

February 24, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed at New Orleans today following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil spilling from a barge.                              

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 Sells Australian Assets For $2.6B

February 21, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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).                         

NY Village Appeals Ban On Fracking Water Sales

February 20, 2014 4:10 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups and a Steuben County village are headed to an appeals court over water sales to a Shell Oil Company subsidiary for shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

North Dakota's oil boom isn't just driving up housing prices at the epicenter. Getting a roof overhead is getting more expensive throughout the state, with the average value of a home sold last year topping $200,000 — up more than 20 percent from 2011, a

ND Home Prices Soar With Oil Boom

February 20, 2014 4:01 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota's oil boom isn't just driving up housing prices at the epicenter. Getting a roof overhead is getting more expensive throughout the state, with the average value of a home sold last year topping $200,000 — up more than 20 percent from 2011, a real estate trade group says.

Supreme Court Affirms Pipeline Value Decision

February 20, 2014 10:46 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday handed Alaska municipalities a victory in a dispute over the value of the trans-Alaska, affirming that the structure for 2006 should have been valued at nearly $10 billion, not the $850 million claimed by owners.

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 Gets Closer To EPA Agreement

February 20, 2014 10:43 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of BP America Inc. says he believes the company is moving closer toward once again being allowed to bid on federal contracts.                                

PA Marcellus Shale Production Increases

February 20, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators report that Marcellus Shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania topped three trillion cubic feet in 2013.

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