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 »

Alternate routes proposed for Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia

Dominion Resources spokesman Jim Norvelle tells media outlets that one alternate route would cross about 10 fewer bodies of water in Augusta and Nelson counties than the current proposed route.  More »

Agency to vote on reducing California gas tax by 7.5 cents

The agency’s staff is recommending reducing the excise tax rate from 18 cents to 10.5 cents.  More »

Colorado oil, gas debate resumes as task force finishes up

The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate drilling.  More »

Virginia fines CSX $361,000 for Lynchburg derailment in 2014

The April 30 derailment saw 17 tankers derail, with three going into the James. The state Department of Environmental Quality said one tanker breached, with 98 percent of the oil consumed by fire.  More »

Canada: Oil train accident shows new safety rules inadequate

The Transportation Safety Board said Monday the Class 111 tank cars involved in the Feb. 14 CN train derailment met the upgraded standards for new tank cars carrying crude and other flammable liquids.  More »

Chevron pulls out of shale gas exploration in Romania

The company began drilling for shale gas at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, a project that drew protests. It is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.  More »

Texas reconsiders and will disclose oil train records

It was not immediately clear Monday morning how quickly Texas officials will produce the records.  More »

Steelworkers picket outside two Louisiana refineries

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that strikers marched Sunday outside the Motiva plants in Norco and Convent.  More »

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…  More »

Exxon Mobil appeals $1 million penalty for Yellowstone River spill

Safety regulators said Exxon Mobil failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20-year-old Silvertip Pipeline was at risk from flooding.  More »

Canada toughens liability standards after oil train disaster

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said the legislation will mean any railway or company that ships crude oil will share accountability for cleanup and compensation costs in the event of an accident.  More »

Crude oil flowing into Cushing, Oklahoma, worth billions

As oil prices have plummeted over the last several months, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said companies have stockpiled about 2.2 million barrels a week at Cushing.  More »

Fossil fuel divestment effort comes to energy-rich Colorado

Students will ask the University of Colorado Board of Regents on Friday to divest from coal and petroleum companies.  More »