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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...

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...

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...

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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.

Fatal Accident At Oil Sands Site

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

Canadian company Suncor Energy says an employee has died after being "severely injured" at its oil sands site.                                       

Montana Proposes $45M In Oil Patch Grants

April 18, 2014 10:09 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch.         

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Minnesota Pipe Line Seeks Expansion

April 17, 2014 10:28 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota Pipe Line Company plans to ask regulators for approval to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities.                               

Sinclair Refinery Faces $201K Fine

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State safety regulators are proposing a $201,000 fine against Sinclair Oil Corp. for violations stemming from a fire last September at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming.                    

Oil Tanker Pirates Sentenced 12 Years

April 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A German court has sentenced a Somali man to 12 years in prison for helping lead a group of pirates who seized a German-operated oil tanker in 2010.                               

Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories At Record High

April 17, 2014 9:42 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The elevated inventory levels are the result of the continuing strong crude oil production growth, the opening of TransCanada's Marketlink Pipeline, and a drop in crude oil inputs at USGC refineries as a result of seasonal maintenance.     

New Natural Gas Project In Jamaica

April 16, 2014 10:45 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday.                          

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NY Updates Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 16, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.                                             

Sudanese Rebels Capture Oil Capital

April 16, 2014 10:24 am | by ILYA GRIDNEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded.

Kentucky Drilling Scam Convictions Upheld

April 16, 2014 10:17 am | by BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned.                     

ConocoPhillips Resumes Kenai LNG Shipments

April 15, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConocoPhillips says it will resume exports of liquefied natural gas from a Kenai Peninsula facility.                                           

Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Shell Discusses Shale Gas Plant In Pennsylvania

April 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Chemical LP plans to hold meetings in western Pennsylvania to discuss the possibility of building a huge natural gas processing plant there.                                               

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Restoring The Ohio Oil Leak Site

April 15, 2014 10:07 am | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews worked for the fourth week to clean oil that leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve near Cincinnati as officials began to focus on restoration of the affected area.                      

Arizona Cuts Electricity & Natural Gas Taxes For Manufacturers

April 14, 2014 10:20 am | by BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses.

Oil Leak Blamed For Benzene Contamination

April 14, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.            

Oil Boom Comes To California By Rail

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

There are no pipelines that bring crude oil into California. For decades, the fuel that powers the state's 32 million vehicles has come from tanker ships or in-state production. But government regulators predict a surge in U.S. oil production will means a steep increase in the number of trains carrying it to California refineries.

Keeping Drugs Out Of The Bakken

April 14, 2014 10:03 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on the prairie. Big money is raining down in small towns; oil rigs light up the night sky. But the bonanza has also brought with it a dark side: a growing trade in meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the shadow of sinister cartels and violence.

Keystone Opponents Take To The Fields

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path.                         

LNG As Locomotive Fuel

April 14, 2014 9:41 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The EIA projects that liquefied natural gas will play an increasing role in powering freight locomotives in coming years. Continued growth in domestic natural gas production and substantially lower natural gas prices compared to crude oil prices could result in significant cost savings for locomotives that use LNG as a fuel source.

Michigan Bans Energy Companies From Lease Auctions

April 11, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has barred two energy companies under criminal indictment from participating in oil and gas lease auctions.                          

Pipe Tear Caused Oil Refinery Blast

April 11, 2014 10:27 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday released the first official findings on the blast at the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross in a report by an outside consulting group.                       

Oil-By-Rail Terminal Proposed For Washington State

April 11, 2014 10:13 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Development Group is seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day.                                 

Questions Remain 4 Years After Deepwater Horizon

April 11, 2014 10:12 am | by KEVIN MCGILL, STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands are considering claims under a medical settlement BP reached with cleanup workers and coastal residents. The settlement, which could benefit an estimated 200,000 people, received final approval in February from a federal court.  

11 Senators Urge Keystone Approval

April 11, 2014 10:09 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.                        

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