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BP Will Ask Supreme Court To Hear Claims Issue

May 21, 2014 2:27 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement.          

Probe: Scant Oversight Of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 8:11 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, says a new report.                       

Industry Says Bakken Oil Not More Risky Than Others

May 20, 2014 3:27 pm | by James MacPherson and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil industry is pushing back against tougher rules for rail cars after a string of fiery accidents, insisting that crude shipped from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes.         


Company Says 4 Dead In Vietnam Riots

May 20, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A Chinese company said Tuesday that four of its workers died last week in riots in Vietnam triggered by China's deployment of an oil rig in disputed seas.                            

Gov. Perry Criticizes Obama Energy Policy

May 19, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has written to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration's energy policies, EPA regulations and failure to approve the construction of a pipeline to carry tar sands crude from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Rewind: Porsche Sued Over Deadly Crash; Samsung Apologizes To Chip Workers

May 16, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from kitty litter that may have caused a radiation leak to Samsung apologizes to workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                  

CEO Hoping Town Where 47 Died Will Approve Oil Trains

May 16, 2014 11:59 am | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company purchasing the assets of a railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec plans to resume oil shipments after track safety improvements are made, the firm's top executive said.      

Texas Agency Says Firefighters Unprepared For Blast

May 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The firefighters who tried in vain to stop a burning Texas fertilizer plant from exploding weren't prepared for the dangers of the blaze, which was too big for them to fight, state investigators said in a report.          


EPA Announces Record $14M Fine For Titanium Waste

May 15, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Henderson.                 

Gov't Acknowledges Gaps In Oil Well Inspections

May 14, 2014 2:24 pm | News | Comments

The agency acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination.              

Chevron To Pay $875K For Utah Oil Spills

May 14, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators have announced an $875,000 settlement with Chevron related to a pair of Utah oil spills in recent years.                              

Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia.  

Charges Brought In Railway Disaster In Quebec

May 13, 2014 12:22 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three employees of the railway company involved in last summer's runaway oil train disaster that killed 47 people are due to appear in court Tuesday to face criminal negligence charges.           


Thousands Of Vietnamese Workers Protest At Chinese Factories

May 13, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Several thousand Vietnamese workers protested at Chinese-owned factories, vandalizing some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam.               

Gov't Failed To Inspect Higher Risk Oil Wells

May 12, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.             

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.                             

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.           

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.              

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