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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Appeals Court Upholds Duke-Progress Deal

March 5, 2014 11:05 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Carolina appeals court upheld Tuesday the state's regulatory approval of the deal that made Duke Energy Corp. the country's largest electric company when it purchased Progress Energy.                 

Previous Refinery Owner Liable For Contamination

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new buyer of the North Pole refinery will be not be held responsible for groundwater contamination that leaked from the plant, but that won't be the case for the current owner, according to Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell.

2 Injured In Gas Blast

March 5, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Static electricity is suspected of sparking a massive explosion and fire at an oil and gas drilling site in northern Colorado that injured two workers.

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'Black Horizon' Revisits Oil Spill Nightmares

March 5, 2014 10:29 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

"Black Horizon," the eleventh book in James Grippando's Jack Swyteck series, revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Columbia River Oil Transporter Violated Permit

March 5, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Columbia River industrial plant converted from making ethanol to shipping volatile North Dakota crude oil has been operating improperly by moving six times the volume its permit allowed, Oregon regulators say.         

ND Supports New Pipeline Through MN & WI

March 5, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has sent a letter to federal regulators in support of a proposed $2.6 billion pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin.                

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.

New BP Business For Onshore Assets

March 4, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                          

ND Mandates Natural Gas Capturing Plans

March 4, 2014 10:53 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota oil companies won't be able to drill a well until they craft natural gas capturing plans, state regulators decided Monday.

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ND Exempts Private Land From Drilling Rules

March 4, 2014 10:52 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The public will not be allowed to comment on oil wells planned on private land in North Dakota under a plan approved by state regulators Monday.                              

A New York judge says Amazon rainforest residents who obtained a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador cannot try to enforce it through U.S. courts, because it was obtained through fraud.

NY Judge Rules For Chevron

March 4, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York judge says Amazon rainforest residents who obtained a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador cannot try to enforce it through U.S. courts, because it was obtained through fraud.                                 

Conflict In Ukraine Spikes Oil Prices

March 3, 2014 11:05 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil prices jumped nearly two dollars a barrel Monday as Russia's military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.                       

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.

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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.

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.

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.                            

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.                          

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