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Gas Explosion Investigation Zeroes In On Petrochemical Firm

August 4, 2014 10:37 am | by GLADYS TSAI, RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in Taiwan's second-biggest city zeroed in on a petrochemical firm in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 28 people and injured 286, as anger rose over the handling of the disaster.               

Controversy Erupts Over Nigerian Oil Cleanup

August 4, 2014 10:26 am | by MARAM MAZEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.                                      

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.

BP Asks Supreme Court To Hear Settlement Appeal

August 4, 2014 10:02 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out part of its settlement of claims for damage from its enormous oil spill in 2010 — a section saying businesses don't have to prove that the spill directly harmed them to be eligible for payment, only that they lost money afterward and recovered in 2011.

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DNR Orders Frack Sand Mine To Cease Operations

July 31, 2014 1:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ordered a southeastern Minnesota frack sand mine to stop operating.                                    

Oneok Plans New Natural Gas Factory In North Dakota

July 31, 2014 1:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma energy company says it plans to build another factory in western North Dakota capable of processing 200 million cubic feet of natural gas daily.                           

ConocoPhillips Q2 Profit Up 1.5%

July 31, 2014 1:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConocoPhillips reported net income that increased by 1.5 percent in its second quarter. The results beat analysts' expectations.                                         

Sunoco Pipeline Hit With Setback

July 31, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sunoco Logistics has gotten a setback to its plans to pump propane and ethane in its 300-mile Mariner East pipeline across southern Pennsylvania.                                    

Protesters Rally Against Gas Pipeline

July 31, 2014 1:18 pm | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of expanding a natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts rallied on Boston Common on Wednesday, asking Gov. Deval Patrick to rescind his support for a new tax on New Englanders' electricity bills to help subsidize it.

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Winemakers Whine About Gas Storage

July 31, 2014 1:16 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers and other business owners asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake, saying the projects would bring heavy industry, more truck traffic and an unacceptable risk of catastrophic accidents to a region that thrives on tourism.

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 Profits Up On Higher Oil Prices

July 31, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's largest oil company, says second quarter earnings rose on higher production and higher selling prices for oil, and fewer one-time charges.                              

Canada-Billings Pipeline Access Granted

July 30, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A refining company will be able to continue operating three pipelines that transport crude oil from Canada after a judge granted access to the final land parcel whose easement had expired.                     

Cyprus To Start Drilling For Gas Offshore

July 30, 2014 4:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cyprus' energy minister said that exploratory drilling in the first of six potential gas fields off the east Mediterranean island's coast is slated to begin before the end of summer.               

Oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is selling its Chinese subsidiary for about $1.08 billion as it focuses more in the U.S. and Mexico.

Anadarko Petroleum Profit Drops 76%

July 30, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) on Tuesday reported net income that declined by 76 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations.                            

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African Oil & Energy Sector Fuels Global Investor Growth

July 30, 2014 9:24 am | by DHL | News | Comments

While Oil and Gas activity in West Africa is nothing new, it is the activity in East Africa which is creating a stir amongst exploration companies and of course, their suppliers.                                     

Kurdish Oil Stopped At Texas Port

July 29, 2014 5:08 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast amid concerns independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq's fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive.

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Catching A Runaway Train

July 29, 2014 4:42 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Does it feel like we've been plagued with train accidents this year? It seems like we get news of another train collision once a week. The latest incident brings into sharp focus an ongoing problem we face in continuing to use one of the oldest transportation technologies for moving volatile materials.

Attorney Claims Oklahoma Drilling Tax Unconstitutional

July 29, 2014 4:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional. Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills.

Oil Refinery Fire Injures 4

July 29, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four workers at an oil refinery in southeast Kansas were burned Tuesday in an early morning fire, the Texas company said.                                    

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.

BP Warns That Russian Sanctions Will Impact Profits

July 29, 2014 9:57 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.                           

Hydrocarbon Management Training Guide

July 29, 2014 9:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Energy Institute (EI)'s Hydrocarbon Management Committee (HMC) has developed new online training and good practice guidance to support greater understanding in this field.

Industrial Fire Cleanup Could Take Months

July 28, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cleanup efforts continue at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota. The EPA On-Scene Coordinator said it would not surprise him if it took two months to clean up the site in Williston, though workers are hoping it will be quicker.

North Dakota Refinery Almost Complete

July 28, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction of an oil refinery near Dickinson is about three-fourths complete, and most of the jobs that will be created there have already been filled.                                   

Oil Depot Ablaze

July 28, 2014 10:25 am | by MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.

Oil Company Sues Utah County Over Pipeline Rules

July 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas oil company is suing a Utah county over its new ordinances imposing restrictions on underground pipelines.                                        

Britain Reopens The Way For Fracking

July 28, 2014 10:14 am | by MATTHEW KNIGHT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations.             

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