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Electro-Pneumatic Transducer For Oil And Gas

November 8, 2013 5:19 pm | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management has introduced the Fisher brand i2P-100 electro-pneumatic transducer to assist oil and gas production facilities in meeting EPA emission control and reporting requirements.

Fire Causes Oil And Wastewater Spill In ND

November 8, 2013 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a saltwater disposal site in western North Dakota's McKenzie County. Thursday's explosion destroyed 13 storage tanks and resulted in a spill of 270 barrels of oil and 2,440 barrels of saltwater, a byproduct of oil and gas production. 

Hastelloy Pressure Sensors

November 8, 2013 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hastelloy pressure sensors from American Sensor Technologies meet industry standards for measuring speciality chemicals and gases in both hazardous and non-hazardous environments.

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Draft Ruling Approves CT Natural Gas Expansion Plan

November 7, 2013 12:31 pm | by DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut regulators issued a draft ruling on Wednesday approving an ambitious, massive plan to expand natural gas service to about 280,000 new customers across the state over the next decade.                                                                    

Natural Gas Gains Squeeze Family-Run Oil Companies

November 7, 2013 12:25 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Members of family-owned Tracey Energy Services show how oil dealerships once expanded with a growing suburban population, but now the industry faces a boom in cheaper natural gas, on top of a more than 50 percent drop in the number of homes heated by oil.

LA Company To Build Galvanizing Plant In Tangipahoa Parish

November 6, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Crest Industries, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and LED Secretary Stephen Moret, announced Tuesday it will build a $15 million galvanizing plant in the southern part of the parish to serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries. The company will furnish galvanized protective coatings for utility poles and equipment.

Maine City To Vote On Anti-Oil Pipeline Initiative

November 5, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Portland voters are deciding today whether to adopt an ordinance aimed at preventing the flow of tar sands oil to the city. Supporters said the proposal would protect the community of 25,000 residents from exposure to harmful toxins, while critics argued it would destroy existing businesses along the city's working waterfront.

Proposal Would Allow Shale Gas Waste On Barges

November 5, 2013 12:11 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater. The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation. 

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Ukraine Signs Shale Gas Deal With Chevron

November 5, 2013 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ukrainian government on Tuesday signed a shale gas production-sharing agreement with the Chevron, as the country strives for energy independence from neighboring Russia. Chevron will initially invest $350 million into exploratory and drilling work in the Oleska field in western Ukraine.

VT Settles Consumer Protection Case With Gas Firm

November 5, 2013 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest retail propane gas dealer is going to pay $545,000 in fees, donations and penalties to settle a case that alleged the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws by not promptly removing propane storage tanks or issuing refund checks after consumers terminated propane service, the Vermont Attorney General's office said Monday.

More ND Mineral Owners Join Gas Lawsuits

November 4, 2013 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers say dozens of western North Dakota mineral owners have expressed interest in joining lawsuits seeking damages from oil drilling companies for natural gas that is lost when it is burned instead of being captured as a byproduct of oil production.

Oil Slips Closer To $94 After 4 Month Low

November 4, 2013 12:28 pm | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil slipped closer to $94 a barrel today after falling more than 7 percent in the past month on ample supplies and muted demand. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery was down 31 cents to $94.30 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Court To Hear Arguments On BP Oil Spill Settlement

November 4, 2013 12:10 pm | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is set to hear dueling arguments on whether a judge should have approved BP's multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A year ago, BP PLC urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to approve its agreement with a team of lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the spill cost them money.

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Weak Refining Results, Higher Costs Halt Profits For Chevron

November 1, 2013 11:46 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP | News | Comments

Chevron said that net income fell six percent in the third quarter as weak refining results and higher operating costs offset higher oil and gas production and prices. Chevron Corporation posted net income of $4.95 billion for the quarter on revenues of $56.6 billion. The nation's second-biggest oil company earned $2.57 per share.

North Dakota Promises Website For Oil Spill Notifications

November 1, 2013 11:39 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

After officials took nearly two weeks to tell the public about a Tesoro Corporation pipeline rupture that sent more than 20,000 barrels of crude spewing across a wheat field, the North Dakota Health Department told lawmakers that the agency would soon unveil a website where the public can see data on all oil spills and other hazardous leaks.

Anti-Fracking Groups Oppose New York's Gas Plan

October 31, 2013 12:11 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition dedicated to continuing New York's five-year-old ban on hydraulic fracturing demanded that the state withdraw its proposed regulations for new liquefied natural gas facilities, saying they fail to consider all the risks. The new regulations would end a 40-year moratorium that was enacted after an explosion killed 40 workers at a Staten Island storage plant.

Judge Proposes $6.7 Million Fine For PG&E Pipeline

October 31, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

A judge is proposing that Pacific Gas and Electric Company pay $6.7 million in fines for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines safe and using misleading records in an attempt to minimize the lapse. Both pipelines are in the same system as one that exploded in 2010, killing eight people and destroying dozens of homes in San Bruno.

WVU, OSU Researchers Get $2 Million For Shale Work

October 31, 2013 11:56 am | News | Comments

The grant will focus on the chemical and isotopic biomarkers that micro-organisms leave behind during their growth. Researchers say their work is the first of its kind and that it's important to understand the micro-organisms living in the shale because it has implications for current and past life on our planet.

Shell Prepares For Arctic Offshore Exploration

October 31, 2013 11:47 am | by Dan Joling, AP | News | Comments

A spokesman for Shell Alaska says the company will submit an Arctic offshore exploration plan sometime over the next few weeks, but hasn't decided whether it will move forward with drilling next year. Shell drilled in both the Chukchi and the Beaufort Seas in 2012, but suffered serious setbacks.

OSHA Seeking $700,000 In Fines For Sinclair Oil

October 30, 2013 11:41 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent safety and environmental problems at the Sinclair refinery have been numerous. Last year, three fires injured seven workers in racking up more than $200,000 in fines. In 2011, the state reached a $5.4 million settlement with Sinclair for spills into a pond on the refinery site. In 2009 the refinery was the scene of one of the biggest spills in Wyoming history.

Rockwell Makes Oilfield Acquisition

October 30, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

VMonitor provides digital oilfield implementation and remote operations equipment. It has the world’s largest installed base of wireless wellhead monitoring systems for natural and artificially lifted wells, with more than 6,000 sites around the world.

Gas Plant Proposed Near New Shale Site

October 29, 2013 10:53 am | News | Comments

The facility will be able to process 120 million cubic feet of gas a day from local oil wells. Many of those wells were just recently drilled into the Niobrara Shale underlying eastern Wyoming. The plant would remove natural gas liquids from the gas byproduct of local oil production.

New York Creating State Gas Reserve

October 28, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is creating the nation's first state gasoline reserve to prevent shortages during emergencies. A pilot program on Long Island will hold three million gallons of fuel for motorists and first responders. The project is a response to the gas shortages that created hours-long lines in the days after Superstorm Sandy.

Bakken Oil Drives Increased Rail Traffic, Potential For Spills

October 28, 2013 12:34 pm | by Phuong Le, AP | News | Comments

Hundreds of trains carrying crude oil could soon be chugging across the Northwest, bringing potential jobs and revenues but raising concerns about oil spills, increased train and vessel traffic. With five refineries, Washington has long received crude oil from Alaska and elsewhere by ship, barges or pipelines, but ports and refiners are increasingly turning to trains to take advantage of a boom in oil from North Dakota's Bakken region.

Oil Hovers Above $97/Barrel

October 25, 2013 11:41 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil hovered above $97 a barrel Friday, consolidating mild gains after two weeks of losses sparked by high supplies and patchy global economic growth.                                                                            

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