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Oil Spill Damage Claim Found Phony

April 30, 2014 11:09 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a $357,000 payment in a damage claim from the 2010 BP oil spill must be repaid because the claim was fraudulent.                            

Crude Facility Fears Aired

April 30, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wolverine Terminals Corp. officials have sought to reassure worried St. James Parish residents that its plans for a crude oil facility in Paulina will be safe and do not pose a threat.                   

Bakken Hits Billion Barrel Mark

April 30, 2014 11:03 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil drillers targeting the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota and eastern Montana have produced 1 billion barrels of crude, data from the two states show.                           

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Oil & Grain Train Fight Continues

April 29, 2014 11:08 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON | News | Comments

Crude oil trains are not displacing grain shipments in the Dakotas and surrounding states, railroad officials assured North Dakota regulators 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 Committed To Russia Despite Sanctions

April 29, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy company BP said Tuesday that it remains committed to its investment in the Russian oil firm Rosneft, despite U.S. sanctions targeting its president, Igor Sechin, and sharp drops in income from its stake.              

Missionaries Struggle In Oil Fields

April 28, 2014 10:41 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the oil and gas boom took off, tens of thousands of workers flocked there for jobs and missionaries soon followed. Many of them say the work is every bit as challenging as seeking converts in Africa or Asia — because of the roughnecks' transient lifestyles, their exhausting round-the-clock shifts and the fact that many work camps won't let them in.           

ND Approves Oil Spill Restoration Plan

April 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The North Dakota Department of Health has approved plans to restore land damaged last fall by a pipeline break that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil across a northwestern wheat field.                             

DOE Welcomes Fracking Chemical Disclosure

April 28, 2014 10:27 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that it welcomes the decision by oil and gas industry supplier Baker Hughes to disclose all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid. But Halliburton, a major competitor in the field, isn't committing to such disclosure.

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Protesters Target Russian Oil Tanker

April 28, 2014 10:17 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenpeace International is sending out a ship to protest a tanker bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic Circle to Rotterdam.                          

Baltic States Push To Cut Russian Gas Reliance

April 25, 2014 10:51 am | by DAVID McHUGH, LIUDAS DAPKUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The countries in this northeastern corner of the European Union are among the most dependent on Russia to keep their homes warm and industries running. The three Baltic nations of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania get all their gas from Russia and lack connections to the wider European pipeline system that would allow them to import from elsewhere.

North Dakota Finds More Radioactive Waste

April 25, 2014 10:49 am | by KEVIN BURBACH | News | Comments

North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the amount of radioactive material originally estimated to be there.

Protesters Occupy Oilfield

April 25, 2014 10:44 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Indigenous protesters have occupied Peru's biggest oilfield in the Amazon jungle near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination from spilled crude.                                  

Speeding Ship Caused Texas Oil Spill

April 25, 2014 10:43 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.                                      

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Wyoming Gas Explosion Interrupts Supplies

April 25, 2014 10:31 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

It remains to be seen just how much of a lasting natural gas-price spike people in the West will feel after a dramatic explosion and fire at a major gas processing plant in western Wyoming.                                   

Oil & Gas Firm Agrees To List Fracking Chemicals

April 25, 2014 10:24 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets.                   

KY Calls For Keystone Approval

April 24, 2014 11:30 am | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.            

Pirates Raid Fuel Tanker

April 24, 2014 11:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A maritime watchdog says pirates pilfered diesel fuel from a Thai tanker last week in Malaysian waters, making two such attacks in a week.                                  

Bill To Derail 'Big Oil' Lawsuits Stalls

April 24, 2014 10:33 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Orleans law firm launched a new web page Wednesday aimed at refuting arguments by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit seeking damages from the oil and gas industry over the loss of coastal wetlands.

Marathon Proposes Louisiana Expansion

April 24, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Marathon Petroleum Corp. said it is taking the next step toward a potential $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion upgrade to the company's Garyville refinery.                                      

Gas Explosion Prompts Evacuation

April 24, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents and emergency crews are waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.                     

Natural Gas Pipeline Subcontractor Sues

April 23, 2014 10:21 am | by Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME | News | Comments

Another federal lawsuit has been filed in connection with the installation of a natural gas pipeline in the Kennebec Valley. A subcontractor hired to install the pipeline for the $350 million Summit Natural Gas Inc. project is suing the contractor as well as an insurance company.

Oil Below $102 As U.S. Crude Supplies Seen Rising

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press | News | Comments

By early afternoon in Europe, U.S. crude for May delivery was down 22 cents to $101.53 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract fell $1.90 to settle at $101.75.          

Documents Link SDRC Inc. And Keystone XXL

April 21, 2014 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A state-sponsored company that directed millions of dollars from foreign investors to the idled Northern Beef Packers plant and other projects in South Dakota before running afoul of authorities also attempted to help finance the now-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, documents show.

Halliburton Posts $600M In Q1

April 21, 2014 11:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it was profitable in the first-quarter after reporting a loss for the period a year ago. Its latest results topped Wall Street expectations, and its shares edged up in premarket trading Monday.                      

Unions Back Fracking Boom

April 21, 2014 11:26 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

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