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In N. Dakota, derailment strengthens pipeline push

The explosive derailment of an oil train near Casselton last month has North Dakota’s senators pushing harder than ever for expanded oil pipelines.  More »

Q&A: Company goes global to find local talent

Swift Worldwide Resources, a global oil and gas staffing company with 23 offices on six continents, moved its worldwide headquarters from London to Houston last year. Swift specializes in the recruitment of contract and direct-hire positions across all sectors of the oil and gas industry.  More »

FBI plan to put agents in Bakken Shale sparks flap

Crime on both sides of the states’ border has spiked as thousands of new workers brings drug traffickers in their wake.  More »

BP can’t stop seafood payments, plaintiffs attorneys say

BP Plc should keep paying more than $2.3 billion to seafood-industry interests as part of a settlement of claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while a fraud probe tied to the accord is pending, plaintiffs’ attorneys said.  More »

New tests find more methane in North Texas water

Texas’ oil and gas regulator has opened a new investigation into allegations that methane is contaminating North Texas water after residents complained that independent sampling by university researchers revealed high levels of the explosive gas in their residential wells, the state agency and scientists said.  More »

Oil and gas drilling sales help GE’s fourth quarter

General Electric Co. posted increased revenue and profit for the fourth quarter on rising sales in emerging markets, higher banking profit, and stronger global sales of aircraft engines and oil and gas drilling equipment.  More »

EP Energy to sell fewer shares than anticipated in IPO

EP Energy may only see three quarters of the capital it had expected to collect in its initial public offering, launched Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.  More »

Shell issues profit warning for fourth quarter

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has issued a profit warning for the fourth quarter, saying results will be worse than most analysts expected due to a mix of lower production, higher costs, and a worse performance by its refining division  More »

Prosecutor sought for N. Dakota oil patch drug cases

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem hopes to have the position filled within two months.  More »

Oil slips back below $94 a barrel; pump price dips

On Thursday, OPEC said in a report that it expects global demand for oil to increase by around 1 million barrels a day, up from an increase of 900,000 barrels a day in 2013.  More »

U.S. safety board rejects overhaul of Calif. refineries

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board rejected a proposed overhaul of California’s refinery safety practices – recently touted by its chairman after the 2012 Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, Calif., – saying the overly ambitious plan would do little to immediately improve safety and needs further study.  More »

FutureGen coal project gets key US Energy Department approval

The U.S. Department of Energy has given the long-running FutureGen clean-coal project one of the final OKs it needs to start building.  More »
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