This July 6, 2013 file photo shows smoke rising from railway cars carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)

Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules

Billions of dollars are riding on how oil train safety rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

In this July 11, 2014 photo, Ruth Anna Buffalo stands in a ravine that she would often travel to as a child in North Dakota's badlands near Mandaree, N.D. A nearby underground pipeline spewed 1 million gallons of saltwater into the badlands in early July. Buffalo compares the impact of oil and gas development on the land to the creation of a lake by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s that flooded her ancestors' homes. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil’s impact

For many Native Americans on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation — a land that accounts for 300,000 of the 1 million barrels of oil produced by North Dakota daily — there is a difficult balance between the potential prosperity that oil and gas development can bring and the preservation of a land considered by cultural and religious tradition to be sacred.
A line of trucks wait to help clean up the site of a saltwater spill, Thursday near Mandaree, N.D. It could take weeks to clean up after a pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater on an oil-producing reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch, with some of the byproduct finding its way to a bay that connects to the reservation's main source of drinking water, company and tribal officials say. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

EPA trying to confirm N. Dakota spill didn’t reach lake

EPA said most of the spill was pooled on the ground, soaked into the soil and held behind beaver dams.
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KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

KiOR hires investment bank to explore sale

KiOR, based in Pasadena, announced it had hired Guggenheim Partners
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Bakken Shale oil explorers told to cut flaring or face punishment

Energy companies that don’t curb so-called gas flaring will face limits on the amount of oil they can pump from the Bakken shale formation, the North Dakota Industrial Commission said in a statement today.
An employee of SunPower Corp. checks assembled solar panels at the SunPower Corp. module manufacturing plant at Flextronics in Milpitas, California. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Renewables to get most of $7.7 trillion power investments

Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Georgia’s coal-to-solar pivot shows the way on climate regs

Fears that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills is doing wonders for the state’s solar-panel installation business.
Bubbling is seen due to impaired cementing in an unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection)

Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

Newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.
The Air Products and Chemicals Inc. hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur supplies hydrogen for converting heavy crude oils into cleaner burning gasoline and low sulfur diesel. It's the site of a U.S. Department of Energy carbon capture and storage pilot program. (Air Products and Chemicals Inc.)

Port Arthur carbon capture project hits milestone

The U.S. Department of Energy today said a carbon-capture project in Port Arthur has reached a key milestone: a million metric tons of carbon dioxide blocked from being released into the air.

Building Beyond a Bill

This week, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill aimed at improving the construction of critical infrastructure across national borders. The bill, H.R. 3301, rejects the current requirements for a Presidential permit to authorize construction of cross-border pipelines, as well as easing overly harsh environmental impact assessments. Why is this important? The North American […]