Cow blamed for causing spill in oil patch

A cow is suspected of causing a spill of natural gas liquids near a tributary of the Little Missouri River, prompting North Dakota regulators to warn energy companies to ensure their facilities are bovine-proof.  More »

Japan oil tanker explodes off coast; 1 missing

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country’s southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said.  More »

Oil back above $103 ahead on supply drop

Internationally, prices were still supported by the crisis in eastern Ukraine.  More »

NC House gives initial approval to gas fracking

North Carolina lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a measure that would allow fracking for natural gas to begin in the state next year.  More »

California lawmakers vote on fracking ban, oil train safety

The state Senate is moving to prepare for accidental spills and explosions as more oil is shipped into California by rail.  More »

White House report touts success of energy policy as EPA rules loom

In a 42-page report to be released Thursday, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.  More »

Texas regulators: Can’t tie water contamination to drilling

A geologist for Texas regulators wrote that the agency has determined that there is insufficient evidence tying drilling to methane contamination beneath a Texas neighborhood and the agency will not investigate further.  More »

Oil drops on expected rise in U.S. supply

Crude for July delivery fell $1.39 to close at $102.72 a barrel.  More »

Exxon CEO: Oil will be top energy source for years

About 15 people protested outside the meeting hall of Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholder meeting, charging that the company was not doing enough to reduce climate change and develop alternative sources of energy to burning oil and natural gas.  More »

Dominion proposes gas pipeline on East Coast

Dominion Resources Inc. has proposed building a 450-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to markets in Virginia and North Carolina.  More »

Power plant becomes a model for cleaner operation

A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act.  More »

EU eyes plan to diversify energy but no easy fixes

The European Union’s executive has proposed a strategy to secure the bloc’s energy supplies — and notably reduce its reliance on Russia — by seeking new supplies from the Caspian Sea, the Mediterranean, and increasing use of transportable Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG.  More »
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