N.D. oil boom widens wage gap between the sexes

North Dakota’s unprecedented oil bonanza has boosted salaries throughout the state, though the male-dominated, high-paying energy industry also is widening the wage gap between men and women.  More »

Oklahoma reconsiders wind subsidies as industry power grows

Now that wind turbines stand tall across many parts of the nation’s windy heartland, some leaders in Oklahoma and other states fear their efforts succeeded too well, attracting an industry that gobbles up huge subsidies, draws frequent complaints and uses its powerful lobby to resist any reforms.  More »

Enbridge delays N.D. oil pipeline at least a year

Enbridge is trying to build the 612-mile pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of oil a day through northern Minnesota to a hub in Wisconsin.  More »

Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders

Under pressure from the corporate responsibility group As You Sow, Exxon agreed earlier this year to reveal more about how it manages the risks involved with the drilling technique, known as fracking.  More »

Oil, rail industries want up to 7 years to fix tank cars

The Transportation Department is weighing tougher safety regulations for rail shipments of crude, including stronger tank cars, slower train speeds and more advanced train braking systems.  More »

Oregon senators ask for more oil train notifications

Four West Coast senators are asking the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders of crude oil shipments.  More »

Dominion Natural Gas exports plan gets federal OK

In its decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that the project would minimize potential adverse impacts on landowners and the environment.  More »

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.  More »

West Virginia opens bids on drilling under Ohio River

Noble Energy, Gastar Exploration and Statoil submitted bids with 20 percent royalty rates. State officials plan to pick winners in the next week or two.  More »

EU proposes deal to ensure Ukraine gas supplies

The proposed deal, which would expire next spring, is aimed at averting a supply crisis in Ukraine and the EU over the winter but wouldn’t resolve a deeper dispute over what price Kiev should pay for past and future deliveries.  More »

Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of U.S.

While gas prices usually dip this time of year, they’re dropping even faster now due to plummeting global oil prices.  More »

Oil industry group offers crude-train testing standards

The oil industry’s lead trade group released new standards on Thursday for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.  More »