Calif. oil regulator resigns

A top California oil and gas regulator has resigned amid questions about oilfield contamination of the state’s water supplies, officials confirmed Friday.
In this May 21, 2015 file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif..(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Pipeline firm said California oil spill ‘extremely unlikely’

Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.

Demonstrators walk toward the Capitol during a rally to protest Minnesota's proposed Sandpiper pipeline, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. The protestors are calling for the cancellation of the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline that would travel near some of the state’s pristine waters. (Jim Gehrz/Star Tribune via AP)

Hundreds gather for St. Paul protest against pipeline

The rally in St. Paul came one day after Minnesota regulators endorsed the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Superior, Wisconsin, according to the Star Tribune.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting in 2011. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Comment period ends on proposed Exxon Mobil settlement

The proposal has touched off a public feud between the Christie administration and Democrats, who control the New Jersey Legislature and say the governor should have bargained for more money in damages.
Categories: Environment
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

EPA study: No evidence fracking has caused “widespread” impacts on drinking water

Industry leaders celebrated the report’s release as a vindication of the hydraulic fracturing process that has unlocked oil and gas nationwide, driving a domestic energy boom.
In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department people walk on a beach with an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday, May 19. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Pipeline that spilled oil on California coast badly corroded

The findings were from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Methane emissions threaten to undermine natural gas offensive

Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA and BP Plc CEOs spoke in favor of using natural gas that would supplant dirtier coal-fired power. Demand for the energy is seen outpacing oil over the coming decades.
Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

European Big Oil opens schism on climate with U.S. rivals

“It’s clear that the subject isn’t viewed in the same way on both sides of the Atlantic,” Total SA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne, one of the signatories, said on Monday at a press conference in Paris. “We are working with those who come forward.”
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Things to know about the California oil spill

The task of cleaning up the mess has come under fire from environmentalists and lawmakers who questioned whether enough was done early on to contain the damage.
An image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a male greater sage grouse near Bridgeport, Calif., in 2010. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via The New York Times)

Sage Grouse plan said to bar drilling on some U.S. land

With a deadline of September to decide if the chicken-sized bird is endangered, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will unveil ways the Bureau of Land Management plans to conserve the habitat. More than half of the grouse’s range is on federal land spread across 11 states.