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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.

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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.                                              

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.

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.                                 

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

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.                                                 

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.

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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.

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.

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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.                        

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).

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.                                   

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