Russia, Ukraine hold emergency gas talks as cutoff looms

The European Union, which is mediating the talks in Brussels hoping to keep gas flowing despite the dispute, imports around 40 percent of its gas from Russia, half through conflict-torn Ukraine.  More »

Responders address cleanup of North Slope spill

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says responders were able to reach the site at about 6 a.m. Sunday after severe blizzard conditions overnight Saturday halted response efforts.  More »

Lawsuit alleges Exxon denied more claims than paid

Two batches of bad fuel produced at Exxon Mobil in mid-March 2014 caused some Baton Rouge area drivers to experience problems with their intake and valve systems.  More »

Buffett praises Exxon Mobil even after selling oil firm

Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after releasing his annual letter to Berkshire shareholders over the weekend.  More »

Lawmakers may end tax break on jet fuel, to Delta’s dismay

A bill filed in the House would cut the exemption at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport. Supportive lawmakers say it would help the state get federal money for aviation improvements throughout the state.  More »

Wolf administration to show how it’ll challenge gas industry

Next week, Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to release its plans to update various rules over the drilling industry, including how it must prevent methane leaks and how it must handle toxic wastewater.  More »

Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies

With Ukraine’s economy on the brink of collapse and money from a 15.5 billion-euro ($17.5 billion) bailout deal from the International Monetary Fund that has not yet reached Ukrainian coffers, it is unclear how capable — or how willing — Kiev is to strike a long-term deal with Moscow.  More »

Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

On Feb. 5, the Transportation Department sent the White House draft rules that would require oil trains to use stronger tank cars and make other safety improvements.  More »

Flood board to decide next week on ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit appeal

U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown recently ruled that the board had no legal standing to bring the suit and that the energy companies had no legal duty to protect the board from the effects of coastal erosion.  More »

Oklahoma leaders looking for more wind regulations

Oklahoma rolled out the welcome mat for the wind industry a decade ago with lucrative tax incentives and a lax regulatory environment, but as the number of wind farms has skyrocketed, so too has the concern among landowners.  More »

Group backs off plan to put fracking ban on Colorado ballot

State employment figures show that about 26,000 people were directly employed in the oil and gas industry in Colorado in 2013-14, including support operations. The industry claims a much large number based on an economic ripple effect.  More »

Effort to seize Nebraska land for pipeline remain on hold

The proposed pipeline still needs presidential approval before it could be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines.  More »

Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff

Putin said that Ukraine’s latest payment would be good only for another three to four days, warning that Russia will have to turn off the tap if Ukraine doesn’t remit payment quickly.  More »

Oil boom’s end threatens pain for much of Latin America

Upheaval is taking place across much of Latin America, where oil prices have fallen by nearly half since September, threatening to pull the rug out from under a decade-long economic boom.  More »

Oil slump threatens easy life of affluent Norwegians

After a decade of an oil-and-gas boom, plunging energy prices are shaking Norwegians out of a Utopian reverie that guaranteed workers lengthy summer vacations, generous health and social benefits, and allowed them to leave work at 4 p.m. and even earlier on Fridays.  More »
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