Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports

Companies want to increase coal shipments to Asia as domestic demand falters. But proposals for new export terminals in Washington and Oregon have run into strong resistance from regulators and environmentalists.  More »

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker.  More »

PG&E plans to appeal penalty in deadly blast

The filing didn’t list a reason for the appeal. The gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb killed eight people in 2010.  More »

BP wants spill claims official ousted

BP says Patrick Juneau failed to disclose a major conflict of interest.  More »

5 protesters blocking oil train arrested

The group Rising Tide Seattle erected a tripod of poles over the tracks.  More »

PG&E fined $1.4 billion for deadly 2010 blast

The explosion killed eight people and prompted national alerts about aging pipelines.  More »

Colorado finds itself an earthquake lab amid gas boom

In an area peppered with wells pulling energy resources from below ground — and many pumping wastewater from the process back into it through injection wells — an old question resurfaced: Could the same geological tinkering that has revved a formidable economic engine also trigger potentially damaging earthquakes?  More »

Study finds more arsenic in north Texas water wells near drilling

In the study, University of Texas at Arlington biochemists measured 100 wells across the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., and compared the results to a similar study undertaken before hydraulic fracturing technology and higher natural gas prices opened the area to drilling.  More »

Hilcorp drops bid to force drilling on holdouts

The Houston-based company had sought to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of a few holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border north of Pittsburgh.  More »

Mexico’s Pemex says production to increase in 2015

Mexico’s state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said.  More »

Illinois state agency issues fracturing rules

he lengthy report follows months of delays and complaints over the process to draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Illinois. Industry officials say southern Illinois has rich deposits of natural gas, but a final draft of the rules — initially touted as a national model of both sides working together — has taken months for the agency to produce as industry groups warned the state was losing business.  More »

Feds to resume leasing for fracturing in California

The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing fracking on public land in Monterey County.  More »