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Shale Supply Chain To Add 233,000 American Jobs

September 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance | News | Comments

Firms supplying goods and services to shale oil and gas producers will create more than 233,00 new American jobs over the next ten years, according to a new report.                                     

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.

Judge Hears Oil Spill Cleanup Workers' Claims

September 24, 2014 10:33 am | by JANET MCCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases was set to hear arguments Wednesday about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013.

Natural Gas Tank Blast Injures 4

September 24, 2014 10:30 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said.                                    

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GE Gives Penn State $10M For Gas Drilling Center

September 24, 2014 10:26 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research.                             

4 Injured In Oil Well Explosion

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

Police say four people have sustained severe burns in an explosion at an oil well in northwestern Germany.                                      

World Liquid Fuels Use Projected To Rise 38% By 2040

September 23, 2014 12:48 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

World petroleum and other liquid fuels consumption will increase 38% by 2040, spurred by increased demand in the developing Asia and Middle East, according to projections in International Energy Outlook 2014 (IEO2014), released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Michigan Attorney General Sues Over Propane Costs

September 23, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan attorney general announced Monday he has filed a lawsuit against a propane seller alleging price-gouging last winter, and also noted the state has reached a more than $100,000 agreement with another propane company following hundreds of consumer complaints about pricing and delivery.

Residual Fracking Water Not A Risk To Groundwater

September 22, 2014 12:15 pm | by Penn State | News | Comments

Hydraulic fracturing raises many concerns about potential environmental impacts, especially water contamination. Currently, data show that the majority of water injected into wells stays underground, triggering fears that it might find its way into groundwater. New research by a team of scientists should help allay those fears.

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Deal Inked For North Slope LNG Project

September 22, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The effort to truck North Slope natural gas to the Fairbanks area for home heating and electricity generation is closer to fruition.                                                     

OKC Oil Producer Unveils New Formation

September 22, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma City-based energy company has unveiled a new formation in south-central Oklahoma that the company's CEO said will elevate the state as an oil producer.                                 

Broken Rail Blamed For Fiery Train Derailment

September 19, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators have determined a broken rail probably caused a 2012 train derailment, explosion and spectacular fire that damaged a bus depot and led to evacuations in Ohio's capital city.                                

Judge: PG&E Emails May Have Violated Rules

September 19, 2014 10:23 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.                

CSB Will Investigate Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corporation's Role In Spill

September 19, 2014 10:19 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.                               

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Judge Blocks Gas Line Safety Plan From Public View

September 19, 2014 10:04 am | by JAY REEVES, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state court judge sided with Alabama Gas Corp. and blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information about the utility's plan for gas line safety, which the Alabama Public Service Commission released through an open records request.

Range Resources To Pay $4M Drilling Waste Fine

September 19, 2014 9:58 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy company Range Resources said it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste.                                   

Oil Executive Accused Of Dumping Reaches Plea Deal

September 19, 2014 9:56 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil executive accused of dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering drinking water for a county in southwest North Dakota has reached an undisclosed plea deal with federal prosecutors, authorities say.                               

Pennsylvania Struggles With Gas Drilling Pollution

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after state officials say a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water.                                       

Callon Petroleum Raises $122M From Stock Sale

September 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Callon Petroleum Co. has raised $122 million from a stock sale, with plans to use the proceeds to pay for new oil and gas properties it plans to buy in the Permian Basin of west Texas.                            

Oil Company Lawsuit Hits A Roadblock

September 18, 2014 10:17 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A letter from Louisiana's attorney general appears to throw up at least a temporary roadblock for a parish that is considering lawsuits against oil and gas companies over coastal damage.                     

Improving Oil Train Safety In Seattle

September 18, 2014 10:10 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.

Chevron Meets Voluntary Shale Drilling Standards

September 18, 2014 10:03 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

Illinois Delays Decision On Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                                        

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 & Motiva Enterprises Pay Millions In Back Wages After Investigation

September 17, 2014 10:55 am | by U.S. Dept. of Labor | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Fracking Study Finds No Water Pollution

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.                           

Natural Gas Company Seeks Federal Approval For Pipeline

September 17, 2014 10:14 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition.                             

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