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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.                                                 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.                                      

Cutting Fracking Waste's Radioactivity

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations.                                              

Chemical Plants Planned Along Columbia River

January 22, 2014 3:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese-backed venture that includes the British petroleum company BP proposes two plants along the lower Columbia River to distill methanol from natural gas for use in making plastics and rubber.

Drugs: The Underbelly Of The Bakken Boom

January 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors have netted a string of guilty pleas among the suspects in an interstate drug trafficking case that highlighted the criminal underside of an oil boom sweeping the Northern Plains.                        

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Keystone Pipeline Now Operational In TX

January 22, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian company has started operating the Texas portion of a proposed cross-border pipeline that has stirred controversy and tension between the United States and Canada.                                         

ND Oilfield Protection Plan Under Fire

January 22, 2014 10:39 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma-based oil industry group is urging royalty owners in North Dakota to fight a proposal designed to lessen the impacts of oil development in the western part of the state.                 

Halliburton Manager Sentenced

January 21, 2014 10:53 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager faces a possible prison term when a federal judge sentences him for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Lawsuits Continue Over NM Drilling Ban

January 21, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A northeastern New Mexico county faces another lawsuit for its decision to prohibit oil and natural gas development. A statewide industry group and three landowners sued Mora County last November and now a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary has filed a new suit.

Shell Sells Stake In Australian LNG Project

January 20, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has agreed to sell its stakes in an Australian liquefied natural gas project to the Kuwaiti Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company for $1.135 billion (840 million euros).

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PA Pipeline Fight Heads To Court

January 20, 2014 10:28 am | by SCOTT BEVERIDGE, (Washington) Observer-Reporter | News | Comments

Arguments in the case will be heard Tuesday in Washington County Court, and its outcome likely will set the tone for how the others will play out as Sunoco constructs a 50 mile pipeline from Washington County to Delmont in Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania.

Appeals Court Refuses LA Spill Claim Transfer

January 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell to have a new judge oversee the state's claims over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.

AK One Step Closer To Gas Line Project

January 16, 2014 12:34 pm | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A newly signed commercial agreement anticipates the state's equity share in a major natural gas pipeline project will be about 20 to 25 percent.                     

EPA Troubles In Los Angeles Oil Field

January 16, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say they've found safety violations at a South Los Angeles oil field where residents claim fumes have caused headaches, nosebleeds and other illnesses.                                               

French Oil Giant Joins British Shale Hunt

January 13, 2014 11:16 am | by DANICA KIRKA, JON SUPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

France's Total has agreed to explore for shale gas in Britain, making it the first major oil company to enter the country's market in the face of widely publicized environmental protests.                                                 

Court Considers Natural Gas Exports From MD Terminal

January 13, 2014 11:02 am | by MAX EHRENFREUND, The Washington Post | News | Comments

The future of a massive, controversial construction project on the Chesapeake Bay for exporting natural gas could depend on one poorly written sentence.                                   

Cooperation Frays In Fracking Debate

January 10, 2014 10:41 am | by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

After environmentalists, lawmakers and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy.

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China Holds Refinery Managers Responsible For Blast

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

Chinese authorities are holding China's largest oil refiner and its top management responsible for a November pipeline explosion that killed 62 people and injured scores of others in the eastern port city of Qingdao.                 

Black Hills Corp. Buys Pipeline In WY

January 10, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Black Hills Corp. says it's buying 400 miles of natural gas pipeline from MGTC Inc., a Wyoming public gas utility and an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

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China Blames Sparks For November Explosion

January 9, 2014 11:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China's aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.

Shale Well Tax Discussion Continues In OH

January 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers will hear from backers of a proposal to increase taxes on horizontally drilled shale wells in Ohio.                                                         

Natural Gas Exports: Slow Walk Or 'Danger Zone'?

January 8, 2014 11:14 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The debate over exporting liquefied natural gas is intensifying as the Energy Department considers an array of applications to ship the fuel to Japan, India and other countries where prices are far higher than in the United States.

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