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Mexican Cartels Steal Billions From The Oil Industry

September 25, 2014 10:15 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines.

North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 25, 2014 10:01 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.                           

Businesses Won't Have To Return BP Spill Payments

September 24, 2014 4:08 pm | by JANET MCCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                                            

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Oil Reps Say ND Has Proper Rail Shipment Rules

September 24, 2014 3:55 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil producers in North Dakota are objecting to any new state regulations that would require them to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.                         

Worker Injured In Natural Gas Blast Dies

September 24, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of four men injured in a blast at a western Wyoming natural gas storage tank has died, a Salt Lake City hospital official confirmed Wednesday.                                     

Minnesota Governor Asks For Added Oil Train Safety

September 24, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants added safety measures for oil trains leaving North Dakota.                                                       

Solar Energy Could Revolutionize Oil Sands Tailings Reclamation

September 24, 2014 3:17 pm | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

Cleaning up oil sands tailings has just gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors that uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by industry.

New Solutions Needed To Recycle Fracking Water

September 24, 2014 2:51 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University scientists have performed a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it.                

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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.                                    

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.                                      

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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.

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.                               

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.                                       

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