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 »

Wyoming wind farm plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that – even in Wyoming – wind doesn’t blow all the time.  More »

Mexican cartels steal billions from oil industry

Figures released by PeMex last week show the gangs are becoming more prolific and sophisticated; this year, illegal taps are up more than one-third from the same time in 2013.  More »

In Exxon suit, judge leaves opening for Indonesian villagers

Last year, a Supreme Court decision over foreign human rights abuse victims seeking damages in American courts left a small window open for some hoping for restitution.  More »

BP won’t get restitution for spill settlement payments, U.S. Judge Barbier says

The judge said Wednesday that hundreds of millions in settlement payments over the spill will not go back to BP, despite the court’s recalculation of how much some businesses should receive.  More »