Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

President Barack Obama is boosting protection of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich Coastal Plain.  More »

US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States  More »

North Dakota saltwater spill reached Missouri River

But officials don’t expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies.  More »

Pennsylvania to pay $40K to anti-drilling group over terror listing

The coalition’s lawsuit said the bulletins characterized the group as a possible threat to infrastructure without evidence.  More »

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

The berms were built to prevent potentially contaminated water from flowing into a bigger body of water that eventually leads into the Missouri River.  More »

Iowa ethanol lobby starts 2016 campaign to regain influence

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, backed by state corn-grower and renewable-fuels associations and the Washington-based biofuels lobby Growth Energy, on Thursday formed America’s Renewable Future, to make the Renewable Fuels Standard an issue in the 2016 race.  More »

Gas drilling watchdog group settles suit over terror listing

The gas drilling coalition’s lawsuit said the bulletins characterized it as a potential threat to infrastructure without evidence.  More »

Nearly 3 million gallons of brine spill in North Dakota oil boom’s largest leak

The saltwater, known as brine, is an unwanted byproduct of oil and natural gas production that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.  More »

France’s Total says it couldn’t find gas off Cyprus

The company said Wednesday that it’s now talking to Cypriot authorities on possibly continuing with more exploration work in waters off the east Mediterranean island.  More »

Hillary Clinton to speak in Canada amid debate over Keystone

The former U.S. secretary of state was to headline events in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in her first public speeches of 2015, a day after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address.  More »

Pipeline breach located beneath Yellowstone River

Up to 50,000 gallons of crude were released in the spill.  More »

Schlumberger to pay $1.7B for stake in Russian energy company

Schlumberger will spend about $1.7 billion for a minority stake in a big Russian energy company at a time when the country’s relations with the West are under strain and as energy prices hit multiyear lows  More »

Measure would void new North Dakota flaring, oil rules

In December, the commission required oil companies that ship millions of gallons of crude a week by rail to reduce the oil’s volatility by removing certain liquids and gases before it’s loaded onto train cars.  More »

Kansas official links earthquakes to disposal of waste water

The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, up from zero in 2012.  More »

Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River

Bridger Pipeline Co. said in the statement that it shut down the 12-inch-wide pipeline shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.  More »
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