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Brine Hauler Sues Over Biblical Fracking Billboard

August 20, 2014 3:22 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing a local deep-injection gas well is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.                  

Libya's Largest Oil Depot Begins Exporting

August 20, 2014 3:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Libya's largest export terminal begun loading a tanker destined for Italy, its first shipment after a yearlong blockade over disputes between the central government, rebels and protesters, the country's oil corporation said.                                

U.S. Goverment Sells 400K Acres Offshore Texas

August 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.                  

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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 Names CEO Of U.S. Business

August 20, 2014 2:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC said Wednesday that it has hired David Lawler as CEO of the oil and gas company's U.S. business, which is gearing up to spin off into its own separate company.                     

Gas Driller Fined For Losing Control Of A Well

August 20, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania.                               

Stretch Of Ohio River Reopens After Oil Spill

August 20, 2014 10:27 am | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River closed after a fuel oil spill reopened to river traffic on with some restrictions as containment and cleanup continued.                           

Shale Dividend Could Pay For Smaller Carbon Footprint

August 19, 2014 5:16 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Unanticipated economic benefits from the shale oil and gas boom could help offset the costs of substantially reducing the U.S.'s carbon footprint, Purdue agricultural economists say.                         

Thousands Of Fuel Oil Spill Into Ohio River

August 19, 2014 4:15 pm | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

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Environmentalists Call For Health Registry In Drilling Regions

August 19, 2014 10:33 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said it has enhanced the state health department's handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.              

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.                                   

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.

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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.

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.                            

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.               

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