Oil drilling banned in Arctic area that attracts walrus

“This administration has effectively declared war on Alaska,” U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.  More »

Pennsylvania governor to unveil natural gas severance tax proposal

Gov. Tom Wolf pledged during his campaign for governor to impose a 5 percent severance to help wipe out cuts in public school aid under his predecessor, Republican Tom Corbett.  More »

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

An Associated Press analysis found hundreds of the now-challenged state permits for oil-field injection into protected aquifers have been granted since 2011.  More »

Global agency sees oil price recovery but no return to highs

The U.S. benchmark oil contract fell from nearly $110 a barrel last summer to under $45 this year before a recovery to around $53 in recent days.  More »

China finds sizable natural gas field in South China Sea

The Lingshui 17-2 gas field was discovered 150 kilometers south of China’s southernmost island of Hainan, and the Ministry of Land and Resources has approved it as a large-scale find.  More »

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

State regulators said Monday that they have notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of their plan for bringing the state back into compliance with federal safe-drinking water laws.  More »

U.S. gas prices jump 13 cents a gallon; could go higher

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that a rebound in the price of crude oil caused the run-up at the pump.  More »

California formally opens large solar plant

California has been steadily expanding its use of solar power to meet the state’s renewable energy standards, while testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy.  More »

Kansas geologists look for earthquake and fracking correlation

For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state – earthquakes.  More »

Brazil’s Petrobras expected to name new CEO

Brazil’s state oil company is in crisis amid an expanding corruption investigation into a long-running kickback scheme on its contracts.  More »

Fracking puts California governor, environmentalists at odds

California is the No. 3 oil producer in the nation and has added an average of 300 wells each month for the past decade, about half of them using hydraulic fracturing.  More »

North Dakota bill cuts time for wasting natural gas from oil well

North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness says the industry has invested $13 billion to capture wasted gas.  More »

Earthquakes rattle parts of northern Oklahoma

The temblor occurred just days after SandRidge Energy injection well in the same area was shut down because of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake about 7 miles east of Thursday’s quake.  More »

Fires out where ethanol tanker cars derailed in Iowa

Fires at the site of an eastern Iowa freight train derailment are out but ethanol is leaking into the Mississippi River and the task turned to monitoring for environmental impact and offloading the fuel from derailed trains to empty cars.  More »

Houston company postpones $100 million Nebraska plant project

Officials have said the piping and casing manufacturing plant would have employed 200 people.  More »