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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 18, 2014 5:10 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.                               

Pipeline Protesters Plan Cornfield Concert

August 18, 2014 5:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.                        

Seeking Support For WV Power Plant

August 18, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Developers of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Marshall County are seeking the county's support of the project.                                   

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Gov. Sean Parnell said critics of his administration's actions in a North Pole oil refinery's impending closure don't see behind-the-scenes work that could keep the refinery operating.

Alaskans Decide The Fate Of Oil Production Tax

August 18, 2014 10:22 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid a fog of conflicting claims, Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday to decide if the state's old system for taxing oil companies, passed in 2007 after some lawmakers were suspected of bribery, is better than the new system, a tax cut passed last year to try to attract investment from petroleum companies.

Tesoro Explosion Investigation Closed

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.                   

North Dakota Oil Production Continues To Grow

August 18, 2014 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota's Industrial Commission says oil production numbers hit record highs again in the state in June as the state's booming oil industry continues to grow.                        

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).

A Pollution Solution For China

August 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Shell | Videos | Comments

Check out how natural gas may hold the key to defeating the overwhelming pollution problem in China.                                         

Predicting Fracking Policy

August 14, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

The uncertainties of the health risks associated with horizontal drilling has pushed countries worldwide to proactively regulate the use of this technology. Where such decisions are hedged on a variety of metrics, it is difficult to predict how a country may move to regulate this technology without a formal tool to review all decision criteria and policy alternatives.

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ND Energy Panel Calls For $1B In Infrastructure Improvements

August 14, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group representing North Dakota's various energy sectors is recommending the state spend almost $1 billion over the next two years on roads, bridges and other infrastructure.                     

Kemper Plant Natural Gas Unit Operational

August 14, 2014 3:30 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power Co. says a key part of its $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant is operational.                                        

Deposition Watch

August 14, 2014 2:59 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Flowrox announces the Deposition Watch—a new instrument designed to enhance the monitoring of pipelines and related flow-process equipment affected by paraffin wax and asphaltene depositions.

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 Sells Shale Rights For $2.1B

August 14, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions.                           

No Citations In Fatal Pennsylvania Gas Well Fire

August 14, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities have decided against issuing citations in a natural gas well fire in southwestern Pennsylvania that killed one worker earlier this year.                            

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State Firm Takes 83% Of Mexican Reserves

August 13, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-owned oil company will retain rights to exploit 83 percent of the country's proven and probable reserves, but could form alliances with private firms in some of those fields.                                            

Kentucky Gas Plant Cancelled

August 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                              

Judge Rules Against Gas Plant Zoning Exemption

August 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has ruled that Calvert County improperly granted zoning exemptions for a proposed facility to liquefy and export natural gas that has drawn opposition from environmentalists.               

New Natural Gas Pipeline Planned For WV & OH

August 12, 2014 4:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A company is planning a $1.75 billion project that includes laying 160 miles of natural gas pipeline in West Virginia and Ohio.                                 

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Cargill Settles Midwestern EPA Dispute

August 12, 2014 4:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. has agreed to pay more than $187,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act at large oil storage facilities in Iowa and Nebraska.                             

Oyster Harvest Still Feels The BP Pain

August 12, 2014 10:36 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

Utica Shale Region Now Included In Drilling Productivity Report

August 12, 2014 10:20 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The Utica Region in eastern Ohio, one of the fastest growing natural gas production areas in the United States, has been added to the Drilling Productivity Report. Total natural gas production in the Utica Region has increased from 155 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) in January 2012 to an estimated 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in September 2014.

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.

Trial Set For Ex-BP Exec

August 12, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                            

Mexico Opens Oil & Gas To Private, Foreign Firms

August 11, 2014 4:30 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law on Monday new rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies.                    

Drilling Firm Challenges Waste Ordinance

August 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas and oil drilling company has sued a western Pennsylvania township, claiming that an ordinance passed to ban the disposal of drilling byproducts like fracking fluids and briny water is illegal and trumped by state and federal law.

Keystone Will Produce More Carbon Pollution Than Expected

August 11, 2014 10:48 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes.                         

Martin Midstream Pays $120M For Cardinal Gas Storage Partners

August 11, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and natural gas distributor Martin Midstream Partners said Monday it will pay $120 million to get full ownership of Cardinal Gas Storage Partners, which helps run four natural gas storage facilities in North Louisiana and Mississippi. 

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