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Watchdog: Pipeline Safety Oversight Shoddy

May 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government watchdog says the federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing to do its job.              

Hopes For Keystone XL Vote Fade

May 8, 2014 8:07 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bid by supporters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline to force a vote on the controversial project fell apart Wednesday amid partisan bickering over how the vote should be conducted.                  

Spill Company Wants To Sell Related Business

May 7, 2014 8:10 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The now-bankrupt company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill wants to sell what's left at its other site to a company tied to former executives.                             

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Chevron Profit Plunges On Lower Production, Prices

May 2, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. reported a steep decline in first quarter profit because of lower global oil prices and bad weather that slowed oil production.                     

Crude Oil Shipper Switching To Safer Tanker Cars

May 1, 2014 3:04 pm | News | Comments

Fuel shipping company Global Partners will require tanker cars to meet with updated standards for all crude oil trains arriving at its East and West Coast terminals, starting in upstate New York and Oregon, the company announced Wednesday.  

Tankers Carrying Oil Derail In Virginia

May 1, 2014 8:23 am | by Alan Suderman and Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A few caught fire, with three tanker cars ending up in the water and leaking some of their contents. It was the latest in a string of crashes involving oil trains that has safety experts pushing for better oversight.                   

U.S. Wants Charge Reinstated In BP Spill Case

May 1, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

Prosecutors urged a federal appeals court panel Wednesday to reinstate a criminal charge alleging that a former BP executive obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.        

States Afraid They Will Lose Power To Regulate Chemicals

April 30, 2014 7:46 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation to create national standards for regulating chemicals has generated opposition from some states, who fear the bill would curtail their authority to take action against chemicals they deem harmful.           

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Bakken Oil Fields Mark Billionth Barrel

April 29, 2014 2:28 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

State data show that 1 billion barrels of oil have been produced from the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota and eastern Montana.                  

Survey: Economists Back More U.S. Oil And Gas Exports

April 29, 2014 8:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

More exports would encourage investment in oil and gas production and transport, create jobs, make oil and gas supplies more stable and reduce the U.S. trade deficit, they say.              

Congress Heads To Work To Do The Bare Minimum

April 28, 2014 8:36 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Raising the minimum wage or restoring lost unemployment benefits? Not going to happen. Forcing government approval of the Keystone XL pipeline? Veto bait.                    

Oil And Gas Firm To List Fracking Chemicals

April 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Kevin Begos and 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.              

Canada To Phase Out Old Rail Tank Cars

April 23, 2014 11:14 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada says it will require a three-year phase out of the type of tank cars involved in the Quebec train derailment last summer that killed 47.                  

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.

Lawmakers Demand Sanctions On Russia's Chemicals

April 21, 2014 2:29 pm | News | Comments

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said, "If Russia does get away with this, I do think that there's a potential that a NATO ally is next." President Barack Obama has said his administration is prepared to take further action against Russia if diplomatic efforts to destabilize the conflict fail.

Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Fatal Blast

April 18, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one.                      

Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

Texas Blast Victims Pick Closure Over Answers

April 16, 2014 12:46 pm | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Key questions remain unanswered, including what sparked the fire and what firefighters knew about the chemicals inside the plant.                       

High Oil Prices Are Actually Good For Airlines

April 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

High oil prices forced the major airlines to do business differently. They grounded older, gas-guzzling jets. Then they charged extra for checking baggage and raised other fees. More passengers were packed into planes and mergers helped push airfares higher.

U.S. Factory Output Extends Solid Gains

April 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.       

N.Y. Updating Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 15, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.    

Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:22 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.        

Oil Pipe Leak Taints Water In China

April 14, 2014 8:09 am | 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.           

Feds Say Pipe Tear Caused 2009 Oil Refinery Blast

April 11, 2014 3:29 pm | by Annie Knox, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.     

Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There’s two ways one can look at this film. First is that it’s a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn’t well-known. The second is that it’s exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be.          

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