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Texas Oil Industry Largely Unaffected by Flooding

May 27, 2015 4:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

At least 31 people have been killed in Texas, Oklahoma and northern Mexico due to flooding in recent days, and analysts warn more storms are likely this week — potentially affecting the oil patch.

Longview Port in Talks Over Oil Refinery on Columbia River

May 27, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Port of Longview says it is negotiating with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery on the Columbia River.

Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 1:43 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.


Exxon Shareholders to Vote on Climate Change, Fracking

May 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

That is one of several environmental and company-governance resolutions on the agenda at the oil giant's annual meeting Wednesday in Dallas.

Federal Data: As Oil Production Soars, So Do Pipeline Leaks

May 26, 2015 5:22 pm | by Henry C. Jackson, David A. Lieb, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent.

Woman Hanging on Shell Ship Since Friday Ends Drill Protest

May 26, 2015 5:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning.

Nigeria Paying $800 Million to Oil Suppliers to End Crisis

May 26, 2015 5:11 pm | by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigeria — Africa's biggest oil producer— generates more than 2 million barrels of petroleum a day but imports the refined product because its refineries are not maintained.

Second Stepbrother Sentenced For Drilling Company Arson

May 26, 2015 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner closed the business after it suffered $1 million damage.


Despite Price Slump, it Still Pays Big to be an Oil CEO

May 26, 2015 4:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Oil prices have crashed and the industry has laid off around 100,000 workers — but many oil CEOs are still sitting pretty.

Once Vilified, BP Now Getting Credit For Gulf Tourism Boom

May 26, 2015 9:47 am | News | Comments

Visitors bob in surf where oil once washed in, and some restaurants have 90-minute waits for dinner on the weekend.

Ancient Bacteria Sweat Fuel Under New Mexico's Desert Sun

May 22, 2015 3:33 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Under the desert sun of New Mexico, scientists have engineered ancient bacteria to produce carbon-neutral ethanol using just the sun, waste carbon dioxide and non-potable water. The fuel that results could one day be cheaper than oil.

Scientists Link Dolphin Deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP Spill

May 22, 2015 3:29 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Finding Cause of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 22, 2015 3:26 pm | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.


Coast Guard: Fire on Gulf Oil Platform; 28 Workers Evacuated

May 22, 2015 3:13 pm | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas Petroleum Investment Company, the owner and operator of the platform, estimated no more than 120 barrels of crude oil — about 5,040 gallons — were stored on the platform.

ExxonMobil Denies Lobbying on Iran Sanctions

May 22, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Bloomberg, citing federal disclosure documents, reported that the energy giant retained the Nickles Group — the lobbying firm founded by former Sen. Don Nickles, R-Oklahoma — to monitor activity related to the sanctions.

5 of The Most Dramatic Photos From California’s Oil Spill (So Far)

May 21, 2015 4:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Up to nine miles of coastline in Santa Barbara have been transformed.

Report: Switching Trucks to Natural Gas Could Worsen Climate Change

May 21, 2015 3:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite its clean-burning reputation, a newly released study suggests that fueling transport trucks with natural gas could actually worsen their climate impact.

State of Emergency Declared in California Oil Spill

May 21, 2015 10:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Authorities say as many as 105,000 gallons may have leaked out of a busted pipeline.

Strike Continues At Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 21, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The months-long strike at a massive Texas oil refinery will continue after union workers this week rejected the latest contract proposal.

ExxonMobil Announces Substantial Oil Discovery

May 21, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ExxonMobil officials on Wednesday officially announced the discovery of a substantial offshore oil reservoir near the coast of Guyana.

Why Many Experts Missed This: Cheap Oil Can Hurt US Economy

May 21, 2015 9:22 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn't worked out that way.

How Does Shell’s Environmental Record Stack Up?

May 20, 2015 5:06 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Before we pack our parkas and head north, let’s review the reality behind a some of Shell’s environmental record and see how the company’s rhetoric stacks up to its history in dealing with disasters.

California Concerns Grow Over Oilfield Operations Near Water

May 20, 2015 10:55 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves.

Fuel Company Settles Claims Over Air Emissions in 3 States

May 20, 2015 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay a fine of nearly $3 million and spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

Thousands of Gallons of Crude Oil Spilled Along California Coast

May 20, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

Authorities along California's central coast are dealing with one of the worst oil spills in years after a ruptured pipeline seeped crude into a storm drain for hours.

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