India pipeline blast kills 15 people, guts houses (video)

A state-owned gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames Friday, killing at least 15 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, authorities said.  More »

Virginia coal mine closing, 120 to lose jobs

More than 120 people are being laid off at an Alpha Natural Resources mine in southwest Virginia amid declining production and demand.  More »

Oil price steady after US spending grows weakly

The price of oil held steady on Friday as poor U.S. economic data raised the prospect of weak growth in energy demand while fears eased that fighting in Iraq would disrupt exports.  More »

Residents put pressure on fracking firms as quakes plague region

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.  More »

Fed officials say oil train dangers extend past Bakken

Federal safety officials told senators that all crude rail shipments are flammable — not just the ones carrying Bakken Shale oil that have been involved in well-publicized accidents.  More »

California wind farm won’t have eagle death penalties

The Shiloh IV Wind Project will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed, harmed or disturbed over five years.  More »

Oil boom fuels drop in age in Great Plains states

The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil.  More »

North Dakota discloses oil train shipment details

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said a pattern of fiery accidents involving trains carrying crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana had created an “imminent hazard” to public safety.  More »

Global oil under $114 as Iraq supply worries ease

The price of global crude dipped under $114 Thursday as fears diminished somewhat over supply disruptions from Iraq while U.S. oil extended gains on looser U.S. export controls.  More »

Colorado city rejects fracking moratorium

Five other municipalities in Colorado have voted to limit or ban hydraulic fracturing, an action that state oil and gas regulators have said isn’t permitted.  More »

Iraq militants launch fresh raid on oil refinery

Sunni militants launched a dawn raid Wednesday on a key Iraqi oil refinery they have been trying to take for days but were repelled by security forces, a commander on the scene said.  More »

Officials shut drilling waste well after second quake

Colorado regulators have ordered the shutdown of an oil and gas wastewater disposal well east of Greeley after seismologists detected two earthquakes in the area in less than a month.  More »

Oil fluctuates as traders eye Iraq, US output

The price of crude oil fluctuated on Wednesday as investors monitored the turmoil in Iraq and weighed a report claiming U.S. export controls would be loosened.  More »

Oil price steady as investors eye Iraq conflict

Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery dropped 14 cents to $106.03 per barrel.  More »

Two universities sign major deal for solar power

Two universities have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night.  More »
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