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California Running Out Of Gas

February 7, 2014 11:31 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.                

Weighing The Effects Of North Pole Refinery Closure

February 7, 2014 11:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Public officials in Fairbanks are assessing effects from closure of the North Pole Refinery by June 1. North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Flint Hills Resources accounts for roughly one-third of the city property tax base.

CO Calls For New Oil Rules Post-Flood

February 7, 2014 11:14 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado regulators said Thursday they will consider whether new rules are needed after 13 oil spills were blamed on last September's flood, but some county officials said the leaks were comparatively small and that the existing rules worked.


Washington Considers Ending Refinery Tax Breaks

February 7, 2014 11:04 am | by MIKE BAKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington lawmakers considered a plan Thursday that would eliminate a decades-old tax break now used by oil refineries to save millions of dollars each year.                                 

UT Approves Chevron Spill Deal

February 6, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah has given final approval to a $5.35 million settlement with Chevron after a pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel in northern Utah last year.                       

ND Losing $1M Monthly In Natural Gas Taxes

February 6, 2014 10:51 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota is losing nearly $1 million monthly in natural gas tax revenue as vast amounts of the byproduct of oil production goes up in smoke, state tax department records show.                         

Uganda Signs Roadmap To Commercial Oil Production

February 6, 2014 10:44 am | by RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Uganda's government has signed an agreement with three foreign oil companies, a government official said Thursday, clearing the way for commercial production of crude reserves.                                  

Keystone Waiting List Continues To Grow

February 5, 2014 10:55 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

TransCanada Corp. says it has a growing list of U.S. oil shippers signing up to use a proposed connector to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.


Oil From ND Fields Improperly Classified

February 5, 2014 10:42 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal transportation officials say investigators found crude oil being transported from North Dakota's Bakken region was misclassified in 11 out of 18 truck shipments tested.

Gas-Laden Train Derails, Catches Fire

February 5, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry says several dozen railcars carrying gas have derailed and caught fire northeast of Moscow, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of local residents.

Fairbanks Refinery Shutting Down

February 5, 2014 10:32 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flint Hills Resources announced Tuesday that it will close its North Pole refinery, shuttering a major employer in the Fairbanks area and eliminating a local source of gasoline, jet fuel, heating fuel and other petroleum products.                                        

Opponents Still Challenge Keystone Despite State Dept. Report

February 3, 2014 10:50 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

With yet another obstacle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents are pressing forward with a lawsuit to challenge the project, public protests and an effort to inject the issue into the November elections.                   

Obama Running Out Of Reasons To Reject Keystone

February 3, 2014 10:46 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after the pipeline's backers first asked the Obama administration for approval, the project remains in limbo. It's stuck in a complex permitting process that has enabled Obama to put off what will inevitably be a politically explosive decision.


Gas Leak Stopped On Gulf Rig

February 3, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana's coast, the operator and federal regulators said Saturday.

PA Majority Supports Gas Drilling

January 31, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A significant majority of people in Pennsylvania support the boom in Marcellus shale natural gas drilling, according to a new poll released Thursday, but many also have concerns about its environmental impacts.

Alaska LNG Project To Cost Billions

January 31, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska's contribution toward building a liquefied natural gas project could range from $4.6 billion to $11.4 billion, depending on the state's equity stake and whether it has a partner.

Gas Flows Uncontrolled From Gulf Rig

January 31, 2014 10:29 am | by BILL FULLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews worked early Friday to stop natural gas flowing from a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast, and the Coast Guard said workers had cut the flow in half since officials lost control of the rig a day earlier.

ND Oil And Gas Leases Fetch $17.5M

January 30, 2014 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bureau of Land Management says its most recent sale of oil and gas leases in North Dakota totaled more than $17.5 million.                                              

Shell Withdraws From Arctic Reserves

January 30, 2014 10:56 am | by TOBY STERLING, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Oil companies' rush to find reserves off Alaska's Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region — and possibly withdraw for good.                                 

ND Announces Natural Gas Capturing Goal

January 30, 2014 10:40 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group representing hundreds of companies working in North Dakota's oil patch told state regulators that the industry plans to significantly decrease the amount of natural gas being burned off and wasted as a byproduct of oil production.

Oil Tanker Blast Kills 7

January 28, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Indian oil tanker being repaired at a shipyard in eastern China exploded and caught fire Tuesday, killing seven Chinese workers, Chinese state media said.                                                 

Juror Misconduct Calls BP Verdict Into Question

January 27, 2014 11:03 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer is basing his request for a new trial on improper interviews with jurors who had convicted him of trying to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill, federal prosecutors say.

Damaged Pipeline Expected To Be Operational Today

January 27, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Xcel Energy says it expects one of three natural gas pipelines knocked out by an explosion in Canada will be back at full capacity by Monday afternoon.

WY Reconsiders Distance Between Homes & Oil Wells

January 27, 2014 10:53 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials said they might consider increasing the current 350-foot minimum distance that oil and gas wells must be located away from homes as a way to avoid problems as drilling creeps closer to residential areas in eastern Wyoming.

Propane Shortage Feared After Pipeline Explosion

January 27, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State agencies in North Dakota are monitoring natural gas supplies in the eastern part of the state, after a pipeline explosion in the neighboring Canadian province of Manitoba, Gov. Jack Dalrymple says.                                      

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