Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

On Feb. 5, the Transportation Department sent the White House draft rules that would require oil trains to use stronger tank cars and make other safety improvements.  More »

Flood board to decide next week on ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit appeal

U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown recently ruled that the board had no legal standing to bring the suit and that the energy companies had no legal duty to protect the board from the effects of coastal erosion.  More »

Oklahoma leaders looking for more wind regulations

Oklahoma rolled out the welcome mat for the wind industry a decade ago with lucrative tax incentives and a lax regulatory environment, but as the number of wind farms has skyrocketed, so too has the concern among landowners.  More »

Group backs off plan to put fracking ban on Colorado ballot

State employment figures show that about 26,000 people were directly employed in the oil and gas industry in Colorado in 2013-14, including support operations. The industry claims a much large number based on an economic ripple effect.  More »

Effort to seize Nebraska land for pipeline remain on hold

The proposed pipeline still needs presidential approval before it could be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines.  More »

Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff

Putin said that Ukraine’s latest payment would be good only for another three to four days, warning that Russia will have to turn off the tap if Ukraine doesn’t remit payment quickly.  More »

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 »
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