Shell cuts staff numbers in North Sea operations

The price of Brent crude, an international variety of oil, dropped about 50 percent last year and the industry is scrambling to figure out how to address the price shock.  More »

Mexico says arson at U.S. company linked to extortion

Smaller Mexican companies have been subject to such extortion demands, but larger, foreign-owned firms have seldom been acknowledged as targets.  More »

North Dakota oil rig count drops below 100

North Dakota is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. North Dakota has been producing about 1.2 million barrels of oil daily.  More »

Senate Democrats seek tougher federal rules for oil trains

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell on Wednesday said the measure would ban the use of older tank cars, regulates the volatility of crude oil carried on trains and ensures that rail infrastructure is properly maintained.  More »

Experts: New Mexico oil patch could lose 2,000 jobs

The number of drill rigs operating in the San Juan and Permian basins has dropped from 85 to 60 over the past year, and state energy Secretary David Martin said each rig directly employs 50 workers and another 50 to 70 in support jobs.  More »

Iraq’s February oil exports below planned level for Islamic State fight

Crude exports in February averaged 2.596 million barrels a day — almost a million barrels less than planned.  More »

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.  More »

Maryland House, Senate pass fracking bills

Senators and delegates voted Tuesday in favor of their chamber’s respective bills to hold drilling companies more responsible for damages and place a three-year moratorium on the natural gas drilling method.  More »

Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources previously called the penalty the state’s largest for environmental damages.  More »

Ex-W.Va. coal boss pleads not guilty in mine safety case

Blankenship entered his plea on Tuesday at an arraignment hearing in U.S. District Court in Beckley.  More »

Statoil, West Virginia agree on deal for drilling under Ohio River

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that Norway-based Statoil plans to drill on about 474 acres of state-owned land under the river in Marshall and Wetzel counties.  More »

Fracking moratorium bill fends off amendments, heads to vote

On Monday, the Protect Our Health and Communities Act dodged attempts by House Republicans to change the legislation and make it easier for fracking to start in western Maryland.  More »

Scientists launch study of emissions over fracking sites

Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan 15 research flights out of Colorado and Texas between now and May.  More »

U.S. drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

Companies are leaning on new techniques and technology to get more oil out of every well they drill, and furiously cutting costs in an effort to keep U.S. oil competitive with much lower-cost oil flowing out of the Middle East, Russia and elsewhere.  More »

Northeast gas pipeline progresses, to some landowner dismay

Of 651 landowners in New York and Pennsylvania affected by the $700 million pipeline project, 125 refused to sign right of way agreements.  More »