South Dakota officials are taking new steps to promote businesses related to the oil and gas industry. State Energy Policy Director Hunter Roberts says South Dakota can attract new businesses and help existing companies expand to serve the oil fields in nearby North Dakota.
A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish.
Dozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company two months after the company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower, citing headaches, nausea and other health problems associated with the spill.
By a 4-to-1 ratio, Exxon Mobil shareholders defeated a resolution to explicitly ban discrimination against gays. The Exxon board had argued that the company already banned discrimination of any type and didn't need to add language regarding gays.
NorthWestern Energy says it is buying natural gas wells and pipelines from Devon Energy Production Co. in the Bear Paw Basin in northern Montana. The company said in a release Tuesday the deal includes 64.6 billion cubic feet of reserves and 916 producing wells.
Analyst Meredith Whitney is the author of the new book, "Fate of the States," which she says is a roadmap for prosperity written for the middle class. Whitney tells Fortune that the flood of cheap natural gas in the U.S. will bring manufacturing jobs back to the country and revive the economy.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is fining three western Pennsylvania wastewater plants for discharging natural gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River or tributaries that feed it. The fines are contained in a consent agreement with the companies that ran the plants.
The chairman of the Senate Energy Committee says a website partially funded by the oil and gas industry is a constructive tool that could be used by federal regulators in requiring public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, oil production in New Mexico has increased by nearly 50 percent over the last three years, making it one of five western states that have helped boost national production over the last three years.
A coalition of groups has petitioned Wyoming's state oil and gas regulatory agency to adopt tougher rules for oil and gas development that include restrictions on practice of flaring and expanding the minimum distance between new oil and gas wells and homes, schools and businesses.
On Wednesday, in the latest attempt to pressure Exxon Mobil into change, a gay-rights group called Freedom to Work teamed with a high-powered Washington law firm to file what they described as a groundbreaking discrimination complaint against Exxon in Illinois.
The grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island began with a bracket connected to a tow line being ripped off the vessel in heavy Gulf of Alaska weather, a Shell official testified Monday. Damage to the ship from the grounding was a factor in Shell's decision not to drill in Arctic waters in 2013.
WATER/WASTEWATER: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a formal Notice of Allowance for a fifth patent to treat industrial wastewaters including those that are produced during the exploration and production of oil and natural gas.
Alaska has unveiled a plan to determine the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's oil and gas potential, as the state looks to reinvigorate the debate over whether to drill on the refuge's coastal plain.
Circumstances surrounding the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island will be explored in a public hearing in Anchorage. The Coast Guard says a marine casualty investigation into the grounding of the Kulluk will begin at noon Monday at the Loussac Library and could last two weeks.
A lawsuit, filed by the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in federal court in Beaumont, is seeking lost tax revenue, lost revenue from state parks, damages to natural resources and civil penalties from BP for each day that oil was spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and for every barrel of oil that was illegally discharged.
Supporters of high-volume oil and gas drilling say a bill to regulate the practice in Illinois is ready for a vote after last-minute negotiations over hiring and environmental concerns. The House bill was introduced in February with strong support but became stalled over an amendment requiring energy companies to hire Illinois-licensed water well drillers.
More than 2,000 people in southern China unfurled banners and shouted "Protest! Protest!" on Thursday to oppose plans for a petroleum refinery, in a large environmental rally that local authorities allowed to go forward in order to let the public vent frustration.
BP is seeking to stop paying millions of dollars in what it calls spurious compensation claims stemming from the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company warned Thursday that the excessive claims are jeopardizing its financial prospects.
It costs U.S. industry billions of dollars a year to control and remove the limescale that builds up in industrial equipment such a heat exchangers, evaporative coolers, boilers, chillers and other water fed equipment. Limescale not only increases downtime, maintenance costs and causes the early renewal of capital equipment but also increases energy usage.
An ethanol plant on the Columbia River that was built with the help of $36 million in Oregon state loans and tax credits is now being used to store and ship crude oil from North Dakota. It was built at a cost of $200 million for Cascade Grain at the Port of St. Helens' Port Westward Industrial park near Clatskanie. The owner filed for bankruptcy in 2009, less than a year after startup.
Exxon Mobil Corp. is challenging $1.7 million in penalties proposed by federal safety regulators who faulted the oil company over a 63,000-gallon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River, according to documents released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Two workers were injured Monday when highly flammable gas used in welding exploded at a West Virginia industrial site, officials say. Fire crews were sent at about 3:20 p.m. to Airgas, a distributor of specialty gases in Poca, outside of Charleston.
A boom in natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania is generating billions of dollars for companies and private landowners, but some experts question whether the state's low effective tax on the bounty makes long-term sense. Unlike most leading oil and gas producing states, Pennsylvania doesn't link fees to how much gas comes from wells.
Plains Exploration & Production Co. is building a $20 million facility in Broussard to support deep-water Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operations. The Lafayette Economic Development Authority and company officials said the new project comes after PXP's decision last year to pay $5.5 billion for oil company BP's interest in several deep-water oil and gas fields in the Gulf.