Oil pumps  operate near Lost Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Environmental well inspections falling short, GAO says

Environmental inspections of oil and gas facilities on public lands have jumped nearly twofold since 2007, but federal investigators said Monday that the government is doing a poor job of targeting the riskiest sites.
The Arctic Sunrise, Greenpeace's Arctic protest ship, makes its way somewhere off Russia north-eastern coast in the Pechora Sea with  Gazproms Prirazlomnaya Arctic oil platform drifting in the background. (GREENPEACE / DENIS  SINYAK)

Greenpeace ship in Russian arctic towed to port (photos)

The Russian Coast Guard is towing a Greenpeace ship toward the nearest port after armed officers stormed it following a protest against oil drilling in Arctic waters.
A Petrohawk Energy natural gas drilling site in the Eagle Ford Shale is shown in September 2009. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Environmental group says Eagle Ford health risks being ignored

A new report from the nonprofit environmental group Earthworks says government regulators are ignoring health risks in the Eagle Ford Shale region.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Capitol Hill, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Obama moves to limit power-plant carbon pollution

Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with a proposal to set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would dim coal’s future.
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Commentary: Looking past isolated incidents to see the big picture of safety in oil and gas

It has always frustrated me that the industry keeps relatively quiet following high profile incidents. Rather than take control of the narrative and seize the chance to provide as much clarity as possible, it tends to fall back on itself. This allows other groups to shape events to their advantage, and the damage to the industry’s reputation grows larger and lasts longer.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Commentary: Oil production in North Dakota keeps gaining, but increased flaring threatens regulatory action

In what is surely one of the biggest stories in the US oil and gas industry over the past 30 years, oil production in North Dakota keeps gaining, reaching new highs along the way. In fact, production in July hit a new record as oil companies brought more wells online once summer rains stopped, the state regulator said on Friday.
Oil cleanup workers hired by BP pick up oil on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Blood tests show elevated health risks for Gulf spill cleanup workers

Blood test results on some workers who cleaned up beaches and marshes after the 2010 Gulf oil spill suggest they may be at elevated risk for cancer and other disorders.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Study: Methane leaks from natural gas wells declining

Energy companies are making a major dent in the amount of harmful methane emissions that escape from natural gas wells, according to a broad peer-reviewed study published Monday that validates new federal mandates for technology to rein in the heat-trapping pollutant.
In this  2010 file photo, men walk in an oil slick covering a creek near Bodo City in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Nigeria community rejects Shell compensation offer

Nigeria’s Bodo community in the southern Delta has rejected a compensation offer from Shell for two oil spills in 2008 that devastated the mangrove and fishing area, lawyers and the company said Friday.
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

New Mexico, Chevron settle over cleanup costs

The state alleges Chevron falsely claimed it didn’t have and didn’t collect on insurance to pay for cleaning up petroleum contamination.
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