Texas House set to vote on bill banning local fracking bans

San Angelo Republican Rep. Drew Darby’s bill is poised for House debate and approval Tuesday.  More »

Yemen liquid natural gas firm shuts down as conflict worsens

The company, whose main shareholder is French oil giant Total SA, declared a force majeure Tuesday. That means that it is unable to meet its contracted demand.  More »

Greenpeace protesters leave Arctic rig

Rough seas prompted the decision, Greenpeace said in an email. The protesters rappelled off the rig and got into inflatable boats before returning to a Greenpeace ship stationed nearby.  More »

Big oil deposit near London airport, but will be hard to tap

While oil companies have been drilling in the Weald Basin since the 1930s, UK Oil & Gas says new “concepts, techniques and technology” have given it a better understanding of the region’s potential.  More »

Energy Department to spend $200 million on new supercomputer

The goal is to build a supercomputer that will help the U.S. compete internationally with other next-generation computing efforts and ensure the United States’ economic and national security, agency officials said.  More »

A Texas wind power company is scrapping its Eastern Shore project amid political opposition

Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to “unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks.”  More »

North Dakota will send more oil tax revenue to boom towns grappling with growth

North Dakota’s state fund currently sets aside 75 percent of some oil tax revenues for the state and 25 percent for local governments.  More »

Oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades

The industry in 2011 voluntarily adopted rules requiring sturdier tank cars for hauling flammable liquids such as oil and ethanol. But cars built to the new standard split open in at least four accidents during the past year.  More »

New Jersey posts details of Exxon Mobil settlement

Details of the proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over pollution around refineries in Linden and Bayonne were posted online Monday,  More »

California wind farm operator donated to backers

Opponents of the wind power company say extending its permit to continue operating means three more years of potentially disastrous effects on the population of golden eagles in the region.  More »

Energy secretary calls Iran nuke deal a “forever agreement”

Under the agreement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said all plutonium created as a byproduct of Iran’s nuclear power production would be sent out of the country so it couldn’t be used to make weapons.  More »

Pemex still searching for missing workers

Mexico’s state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said Sunday  More »

Louisiana oil port, made for import, rents domestic storage

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port recently auctioned 11.3 million barrels of monthly storage space and has scheduled another auction Tuesday, The Advocate reported.  More »

Energy executives create new company in Tulsa

The five businessmen, who have all spent time at oil and gas company Apache Corp., say the company will focus on producing oil and natural gas liquids.  More »

Obama: Energy effort to help environment, military veterans

The Energy and Defense departments are extending to a total of 10 military bases nationwide a pilot program that teaches exiting service members how to install solar panels.  More »
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