German firm buys shares in North Sea oil, gas

Wintershall’s deal is with Norwegian company Statoil for $1.25 billion. Norway, along with Russia, is a key supplier of gas to Europe.  More »

Senators chide freight railroads on delays

The rail industry’s top lobbyist said the industry is struggling to keep up with a sharp increase in freight rail demand created by the oil boom in the Bakken region of North Dakota and two years of unusually bountiful agriculture harvests.  More »

Russian gas supplies to Poland drop by a quarter

Some commentators believe it to be retaliation by Moscow against Poland for its decision to help Ukraine with gas.  More »

Official says fighting in Iraq delays Iran gas exports

Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the pipeline goes partly through territory now controlled by the Islamic State group.  More »

Biorefineries planned for South Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, the company’s chief operating officer, said Monday that NFR BioEnergy will convert sugar cane waste, known as bagasse, into hardened energy pellets for use as fuel at global power plants.  More »

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday.  More »

Northeast carbon auctions reach $1.8 billion

The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative use the revenue to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, consumer utility bill assistance, and other consumer programs  More »

Iowa Senate candidates stress support for ethanol

Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy  More »

Officials seek federal board’s help on rail delays

Some believe the increased shipments from North Dakota’s western oil fields are largely behind the delays.  More »

Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports

Companies want to increase coal shipments to Asia as domestic demand falters. But proposals for new export terminals in Washington and Oregon have run into strong resistance from regulators and environmentalists.  More »

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker.  More »

PG&E plans to appeal penalty in deadly blast

The filing didn’t list a reason for the appeal. The gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb killed eight people in 2010.  More »

BP wants spill claims official ousted

BP says Patrick Juneau failed to disclose a major conflict of interest.  More »

5 protesters blocking oil train arrested

The group Rising Tide Seattle erected a tripod of poles over the tracks.  More »

PG&E fined $1.4 billion for deadly 2010 blast

The explosion killed eight people and prompted national alerts about aging pipelines.  More »