Russia starts drilling its northernmost oil well

The Russian-American project comes despite deteriorating relations between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, in which each side has hit the other with sanctions.  More »

Norway’s Statoil comes up dry at Arctic wells

Statoil said this year’s exploration campaign ended without any commercial discoveries.  More »

Report faults Chevron in deadly gas well fire

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said that a contract worker with no oil field experience worked on the well, contrary to company policy,  More »

Grouse measures defer drilling in much of Wyoming

The total area of federal oil and gas leases deferred in Wyoming to protect the greater sage grouse — ahead of next year’s expected decision on whether the bird is a threatened or endangered species — substantially exceeds the combined size of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, U.S. Bureau of Land Management figures show.  More »

Nigeria, Shell not cleaning oil pollution, report charges

Nigeria, a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, is Africa’s largest oil producer and most populous nation.  More »

Chevron 2Q profit up on asset sales, oil prices

Global production slipped, however, to 2.55 million barrels per day of oil and gas from 2.58 million barrels per day last year  More »

3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

The Interior Department is developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the governors formally stated their opposition to the inclusion of any oil or gas lease sales off the coast as part of any new plan.  More »

Boston protesters rally against Kinder Morgan gas pipeline

The protest, attended by hundreds of supporters, was the culmination of a month-long “rolling rally” that marched through towns likely impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposed 250-mile long pipeline expansion in Berkshire, Worcester and Franklin counties.  More »

Exxon Mobil restarts Pegasus pipeline in Texas

Exxon Mobil has restarted a section of its Pegasus pipeline in Texas more than a year after a crude oil spill in central Arkansas forced the company to shut down the entire line, a spokesman said.  More »

Winemakers want NY to deny gas storage permit

Opponents of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream’s project said at a news conference in Albany that it would endanger drinking water, the local economy and the region’s wine and tourism industry.  More »

City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and his staff were released as the result of a lawsuit filed by the city of San Bruno.  More »

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay more than $50 billion to the former majority shareholders of now defunct oil company Yukos, ruling that the state engaged in a ruthless campaign to destroy what was once the country’s biggest oil producer.  More »
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