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1 Death In Gas Accident On Offshore Platform

September 15, 2014 10:13 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A contractor was killed and two others were injured Saturday during maintenance on a Chevron natural gas pipeline off the Louisiana coast, authorities said.                                    

Statoil Widens Natural Gas Capture Project

September 11, 2014 3:57 pm | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Norwegian oil company Statoil plans to widen a natural gas capture program in North Dakota's oil fields, a move the company says will reduce flaring.                                       

Groups Sue Over Oil Shipments In Older Cars

September 11, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.                               

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Diesel Refinery Plans $406M Upgrade

September 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The CHS Inc. refinery in Laurel plans a $406 million upgrade to efficiently produce more diesel fuel to meet increased demand from agricultural users and oil activity in the Bakken.                        

Kern County Approves Mile-Long Oil Trains

September 11, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mile-long trains filled with millions of gallons of flammable crude oil may be rolling through Kern County next year.                                      

North Texas Drilling Adds $11.8B To Economy

September 11, 2014 9:46 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Production from the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale in North Texas has risen even as drilling activity and natural gas prices have fallen, according to a study commissioned by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce released Wednesday.

Is Shipping Oil Abroad The Answer To Lowering Gas Prices?

September 10, 2014 10:34 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exporting more U.S. crude around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the U.S. economy, according to a new study released Tuesday.                      

Stocks Slump As Oil Price Hits Energy Sector

September 8, 2014 4:13 pm | by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. stock market fell Monday, pulling back from a record high reached last week. Energy stocks fell the most as the price of oil slumped.                                    

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Texas Boasts 100+ Natural Gas Fueling Sites

September 8, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers who rely on natural gas to power their vehicles have more places to fill up in Texas. The Texas Railroad Commission on Monday announced the state has 104 refueling stations, compared to 69 a year ago.                               

Anti-Fracking Billboards Come Down

September 8, 2014 10:10 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages are coming down.                       

Fight Erupts Over New England Natural Gas Plan

September 8, 2014 10:06 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans by New England officials to expand natural gas have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists and local and state officials. Now, a lawyer who represents a pipeline company, manufacturers and two organized labor groups is accusing environmental advocates of abandoning their early support for cleaner energy and trying to block pipeline projects.

Fines & Hearings Continue Over Fracking Issues

September 8, 2014 10:04 am | by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.                

U.S. Gas Prices Fall, Extending Summer Decline

September 8, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A national survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has dropped 2 cents over the last two weeks, to $3.46, bringing the decline to 25 cents over the last 11 weeks.                        

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California Still Embroiled In Controversy Over Utility Fine

September 8, 2014 9:55 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.                  

$3B ND Fertilizer Plant Moves Foward

September 8, 2014 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CHS Inc. announced Friday that it is moving forward with a plan to build a $3 billion fertilizer plant near Jamestown, using abundant natural gas from North Dakota's oil patch as a feedstock.                        

BP Spill By The Numbers

September 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look by the numbers at the nation's worst offshore oil disaster, which occurred in April 2010 when BP PLC's Macondo well blew, resulting in an explosion and deaths aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon.                

Gulf Of Mexico Residents Hail Ruling Against BP

September 5, 2014 10:08 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.               

Stocks Flat As Oil Drop Offsets ECB Stimulus

September 5, 2014 10:01 am | by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A slump in oil prices weighed on the stock market Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight loss.                                 

Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 4, 2014 4:17 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management admits.                    

Is Fracking The Answer For U.S. Energy?

September 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Richard Quest and Chris Faulkner CEO of Breitling Energy discuss energy independence in the U.S. and a possible solution.                                               

PG&E To Appeal Blast Penalty

September 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people.                      

BLM Wants Anti-Fracking Suit Dismissed

September 3, 2014 4:21 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for a rural Nevada group are asking a federal judge to block the issuance of oil and gas leases it says will be used for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, they say will harm the environment.            

Questions Arise Over State's Share Of PG&E Blast Payout

September 3, 2014 10:10 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

By far the largest share of a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people will go directly to the state with no strings attached.                 

Portland Reaches Propane Terminal Deal

September 3, 2014 10:07 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Port of Portland said it has reached an agreement with a company that wants to build a terminal to temporarily house propane imported by rail from Canada then exported by ship to Asia.                               

5 Protesters Arrested After Blocking Oil Train

September 3, 2014 10:02 am | by DOUG ESSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

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