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Ex-BP Engineer Seeks Sentencing Delay

March 27, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                                   

North Dakota Oil Spill Cleanup Continues

March 27, 2014 2:59 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

One large oil spill in western North Dakota is nearly cleaned up, but work will continue for at least another week on a separate release near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, the state Health Department says.

China: World's Largest Importer Of Petroleum & Liquid Fuels

March 27, 2014 1:35 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

As of September 2013, China's net imports of petroleum and other liquids exceeded those of the United States on a monthly basis, making it the largest net importer of crude oil and other liquids in the world.                           

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Companies To Be Repaid If Drilling Rights Are Rejected

March 27, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Bureau of Land Management official says the government would need to repay $2.6 million to petroleum companies if the U.S. Forest Service decides next year not to allow gas drilling in part of the Wyoming Range.                      

Tight Oil Production Pushes U.S. Supply Over 10% Of World Total

March 27, 2014 10:47 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. tight oil production averaged 3.22 million barrels per day in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates.                                     

Energy Boom Boosting The West

March 27, 2014 10:39 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that 6 of the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas and 8 of the 10 fastest-growing counties in the country are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West.

Coast Guard Gives Barrel Count For Lake Michigan Spill

March 27, 2014 10:33 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An initial assessment of a Lake Michigan oil spill shows that between nine and 18 barrels of crude oil entered the lake following a malfunction at oil giant BP's sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Lawmakers Take Hard Look At Oil Shipping Safety

March 27, 2014 10:25 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers are working to ensure that increased rail shipments of oil to Delaware come with adequate safety and response measures.                                  

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Oil Spill In Lake Michigan

March 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews from BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected a section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said.

Hudson River Oil Terminal Faces More Scrutiny

March 25, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators are seeking more information from a Massachusetts company that plans to expand its Hudson River facilities routing rail shipments of North Dakota crude oil to coastal refineries.                                 

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 Declares Force Majeure

March 25, 2014 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Nigeria is declaring "force majeure" on exports from its Forcados crude oil terminal that stopped operating on March 4 because of a leak in its undersea pipeline.                         

Vancouver Oil-Transfer Terminal Finds Little Love

March 25, 2014 4:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Columbian newspaper reports at least 30 people testified during Tuesday's meeting of the Port's board of commissioners, with almost all concerned about safety and environmental risks. The testimony came a week after a majority of Vancouver City Council members opposed the project.

Calls To Increase U.S. Natural Gas Exports Grow Louder

March 25, 2014 4:08 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers from both parties urged the Obama administration to speed up natural gas exports as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine and other countries.                               

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Ohio Oil Leak Estimated At 20K Gallons

March 25, 2014 11:06 am | by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials now estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil — double the initial estimates — leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio.

Oil Spill Cleanup Continues In Texas

March 25, 2014 11:02 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three days after the collision, the cleanup effort is still going on in earnest. But authorities hope the channel's closure could end sometime today, allowing more than 80 stranded ships to resume activity.                   

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.

Driller Tax Hike Dispute Continues

March 25, 2014 11:00 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

The administration of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is differing with legislative budget analysts on how much a proposed tax increase on big oil-and-gas drillers will generate, as the two sides move toward a compromise this week.           

Fracking Activist Asks Judge To Lift Her Site Ban

March 25, 2014 10:47 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region asked a judge for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state's leading natural gas drillers.

DOE Approves LNG Terminal In Oregon

March 25, 2014 10:42 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Department gave conditional authorization Monday for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

Oil Exec Held Under House Arrest In Mexico

March 25, 2014 10:31 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The executive is being held under a form of house arrest that allows authorities to hold him for up to 40 days without charges, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said. He said authorities had found evidence of wrongdoing but they continue to investigate.

5 Things To Know About The Texas Oil Spill

March 25, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

What happened, who is at fault, what is the response and how will the environment and economy be impacted by the weekend oil spill in Texas?                                                             

Inexpensive Natural Gas Is Boosting Manufacturing Jobs

March 25, 2014 10:21 am | by The United States Conference of Mayors | News | Comments

Unveiled by key members of USCM's Advanced Manufacturing Task Force, the Impact of the Manufacturing Renaissance from Energy Intensive Sources shows how the new availability of inexpensive natural gas has ignited the steel, iron, fabricated metals and machinery manufacturing industries as well as those of plastic, rubber, resin and organic chemicals.

Ship Collision Spills 168,000 Gallons Of Oil

March 24, 2014 11:20 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as about a fifth of its cargo into the waterway.

Property Owners Sue Over WV Pipeline Blast

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

NiSource Inc. and two subsidiaries are being sued by two Sissonville property owners over a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion.                             

Oil Spill Closes U.S. Shipping Channel

March 24, 2014 11:06 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

Colorado Debates Drilling Health Study

March 21, 2014 10:25 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado proposal to commission a new study about the health effects of drilling on the Front Range sparked strong emotions in its first legislative hearing.                        

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