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Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…  More »

Shell reveals what it says is the sticking point in labor talks

The central issue blocking a settlement is not safety, fatigue, healthcare or wages, the statement said.  More »

Steelworkers strike expands to Port Arthur and beyond

The United Steelworkers union has expanded its strike to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.  More »

Natural gas heavy duty trucking fleet could benefit US economy and security, but not necessarily climate

The decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) decision to favor a market-share approach rather than defend prices – and the subsequent fall in oil prices– has prompted a drop in drilling activity in the United States and layoffs in the oil and gas sector. While the U.S. economy benefits from falling oil […]  More »

West Virginia oil train derailment: Fires for hours, smoke

Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.  More »

Helix CEO: Producers canceling offshore contracts despite termination fees

The Houston offshore service firm probably won’t make deep cuts to its workforce of 1,600 to cope with the downturn in oil prices, its CEO said, but he acknowledged there “may be some opportunity.”  More »

Enable Midstream to cut 10 percent of its workforce

Enable’s main offices are located in Oklahoma city, but the company operates its interstate pipeline segment in Houston.  More »

Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracturing oversight

Of particular concern is making sure their waterways are not contaminated by waste.  More »

A Lesson from Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis: Approve AKLNG

Decades ago, the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) transformed the state into a cornerstone to strengthen  American energy security, fuel the state’s revenues, propel unparalleled economic growth, and provide job security to thousands of Alaskans.  However, Alaska appears to be reaching a turning point in its history. Today, with the recent downturn in […]  More »

Oil Price Amnesia

Since the decline in oil prices began late last year, there has not been a day on which the media has not devoted considerable time to oil prices and the implications of the current state of affairs.  A lot of the commentary has been borderline apocalyptic because share prices of oil companies have declined, capital […]  More »

TransCanada plans another cross-border pipeline

But unlike the Keystone XL project that has been ensnared in controversy, the proposed Upland pipeline would transport oil away from the United States — as much as 70,000 barrels a day of North Dakota crude that now moves by rail to refineries in East Canada.  More »

BP loses bid for Transocean insurance in spill case

The Texas Supreme Court says BP isn’t covered under Transocean’s insurance policy on the project that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Commentary: Key energy industry lessons in billion-dollar trade secret case

The year’s biggest news in oil and gas litigation came last week when Fort Worth-based Moncrief Oil International voluntarily abandoned a billion-dollar trade secret lawsuit in the middle of trial against Russian energy giant OAO Gazprom, says one Texas energy attorney.  More »

Natural gas prices fall as withdraws stay low

Natural gas futures traded down Thursday morning as the weekly inventories report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed a weaker-than-expected withdraw for the third consecutive week.8.4 cents to $2.713  More »

Commentary: The far reaching impact of lower oil prices

Despite an unrelenting focus on the recent rout in oil, there have been a number of other significant swoonings across commodityland™ which have also been rather noteworthy  More »
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