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Behind The Lens of 5 Iconic AP Photos of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Coverage of the BP oil spill back in 2010 began as a sprint, trying to find out who had been hurt in the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and how bad the leak might get. It turned into a marathon as at least 134 million gallons of crude spewed from the well over 87 days.

Halliburton Reports 1Q Loss on Costs Tied to Oil Price Slump

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A steep drop in oil prices since last spring has forced almost every energy producer to cut...

Oil Industry's 'Man Camps' Are Dying

April 20, 2015 9:21 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The workers in booming oil towns used to be served lobster and rib-eye — now they're being...

OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900...

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Iraqi Forces Recapture 2 Towns From IS Near Crucial Refinery

April 17, 2015 10:47 am | by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iraqi security forces have gained full control over a contested area south of the country's largest oil refinery Friday as part of ongoing operations to secure the rest of Salahuddin province following the recapturing of Tikrit, a senior Iraqi military official said.

TVA Completes Purchase of Mississippi Natural Gas Plant

April 17, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi.

Algeria Sees Leadership Vacuum in Face of Oil Challenges

April 17, 2015 10:39 am | by AOMAR OUALI and PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Algeria is a major supplier of natural gas to Europe and a lynchpin of stability bordering Mali and Libya, two hotbeds of radical Islamic groups.

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Secrecy Shrouds Decade-old Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

April 17, 2015 10:35 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and JEFF DONN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade.

The Gulf Oil Spill Disintegrated This Island

April 16, 2015 4:54 pm | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

Cat Island was once one of the four largest bird-nesting grounds in Louisiana. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed the mangroves growing there, destroying the root system that held the island's sediment in place.

Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test

April 16, 2015 10:24 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

Oil Surge Sends Energy Stocks Higher, Leading a Broad Gain

April 16, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil soared to the highest level this year Wednesday after the government reported that oil stockpiles increased at a much slower rate than the market was expecting.

Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 4:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking.

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Environmentalists Kick up Dust at Fracking Industry in Drought-Stricken California

April 15, 2015 3:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

California is choking on a worsening drought and needs more hydration. Fracking uses lots of water. Ergo, fracking must be making the drought worse. Right? Not necessarily, many are saying.

Regulators Increase Distance Needed Between Homes, Drilling

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Petroleum Association of Wyoming supported 500 feet as an acceptable distance, even though the increase could limit options for locating wells.

Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 15, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Crude storage tanks include compounds such as propane, butane or benzene. In addition to posing risks for explosions or fires, those hydrocarbons can also cause long-term health problems such as cancer, blood disorders or respiratory and nervous system damage.

House OKs Bill to Increase Tax on Oil Shipped Through State

April 15, 2015 9:38 am | by DERRICK NUNNALLY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state House on Tuesday passed its version of a bill to impose new safety regulations on the increasing amount of oil that is shipped through Washington by rail, boat and pipeline.

Mexico Oil Spill Affects Drinking Water For Tabasco City

April 15, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tabasco has set up an emergency plan to supply drinking water to the capital of Villahermosa after oil thieves punctured a pipeline, contaminating rivers that normally supply the city.

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Revisit The BP Oil Spill, 5 Years Later

April 14, 2015 3:44 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Remnants remain five years after a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people.

Audit Finds Problems in Pipe Oversight After Deadly Blast

April 14, 2015 11:04 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials estimate monthly production from the nation's top shale oil reserves will decline next month.

Yemen Liquid Natural Gas Firm Shuts Down as Conflict Worsens

April 14, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, whose main shareholder is French oil giant Total SA, declared a force majeure Tuesday.

Brazil: Mass Protests Over Oil Giant Petrobras

April 13, 2015 5:31 pm | by BBC News | Videos | Comments

Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking part in anti-government demonstrations in Brazil, sparked by anger over a massive corruption scandal at the state-run oil giant Petrobras.

2nd Major Gas Pipeline Would Link Pennsylvania, Northeast

April 13, 2015 11:28 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction workers in economically distressed southern New York are ecstatic about the job possibilities, but landowners who have been fighting the first pipeline for three years are dismayed at the prospect of going through the whole process a second time.

China Tries Former State Oil Boss on Corruption Charges

April 13, 2015 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top official who led China's biggest petroleum company and later was assigned to oversee state-owned companies went on trial Monday on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

3 Mitsubishi Firms to Build Methanol Plant in Trinidad And Tobago

April 13, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid expected growth in global demand for methanol, used in a range of products such as adhesive agents and agricultural chemicals, three Mitsubishi firms are planning to start operating the plant in October 2018.

Refiners, Retailers Drop Prices, Chase US Drivers' Demand

April 13, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline continues to drop.

Report Links Pennsylvania Fracking to Rising Radon Levels

April 10, 2015 4:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“By drilling 7,000 holes in the ground, the fracking industry may have changed the geology and created new pathways for radon to rise to the surface,” the study's first author said.

Court Upholds Iowa Natural Gas Tax Reviled by Ethanol Plants

April 10, 2015 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rejecting a challenge from the ethanol industry, the Iowa Supreme Court says the state's tax on the use of natural gas is constitutional.

Pics of The Day: Oil Spill in Vancouver

April 10, 2015 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil spill in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday has unleashed toxic sludge into the English Bay.

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