Libya calls oil region clashes a serious escalation

— Libya’s foreign minister said Sunday that extremist groups are escalating their attacks and making a renewed push to seize oil resources, after an assault on eastern terminals set storage tanks ablaze, sending massive clouds of black smoke into the sky.  More »

Residents on path of Kinder Morgan pipeline from Ohio to Gulf concerned about use

Federal regulators are considering the proposal to repurpose a 1,000-mile pipeline owned by Kinder-Morgan Energy Partners and MarkWest that runs from Ohio to the Gulf Coast.  More »

Saudi Arabia to dig into reserves for 2015 budget

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Thursday endorsed a 2015 budget that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a nearly $39 billion deficit  More »

BP appeals judge’s refusal to remove claims administrator

A brief filed Tuesday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted pleadings filed against BP before he was appointed.  More »

Dominion sues landowners in Va. to survey land for pipeline

Dominion filed lawsuits earlier this week in circuit courts against 20 property owners in Nelson County and 27 in Augusta County. That number is expected to double, the company said.  More »

Enbridge oil spill settlement is $6.25M, not $6.75M

The company has estimated cleanup costs to be about $1.2 billion, including $227 million on environmental consultants.  More »

Feds plan to hold Idaho oil and gas lease sale

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday opened a 30-day public comment period about the proposed lease sale that will offer 6,350 acres to potential drilling in southwest Idaho.  More »

Leak contained at eastern Ohio natural gas well

The Ohio Department of Natural Resrouces plans to investigate what caused the well to begin leaking uncontrollably, prompting the evacuation of field staff and residents within a 1.5-mile radius.  More »

Nevada congressman criticizes Jewell over grouse

President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill last week with a provision that barred money from being spent on rules to protect the greater sage grouse and two other subspecies.  More »

Retail gas prices tumble 16 cents across Texas

The association survey found the cheapest gasoline in Texas was in Fort Worth at $1.98 per gallon.  More »

Oil train disaster settlement growing

More than a dozen corporations that face potential liability in the Lac Megantic, Quebec, oil train disaster have agreed to pay over $200 million to the fund.  More »

Exxon Mobil affiliate to pay $2.3 million for pollution

XTO Energy denies any liability for claims in the complaint. Regulators say XTO polluted waterways with natural gas drilling in West Virginia.  More »

Ex Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies

President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil’s state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are ballooning into the nation’s biggest corruption scheme yet.  More »

Oil patch towns looking to catch up with demands

Williston Mayor Howard Klug says his city needs to “spend some big dollars out there” because it is four years behind on projects.  More »

Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices

Saudi Arabia’s oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.  More »