Category: Weather

New tool maps flood risks at nation’s power plants, refineries

The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday unveiled a new mapping tool, giving the public its first glimpse into flooding risks at the nation’s power plants, oil refineries, pipelines and other critical energy infrastructure.  More »

Oklahoma looks for answers on earthquakes

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.  More »

Residents put pressure on fracking firms as quakes plague region

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.  More »

Officials shut drilling waste well after second quake

Colorado regulators have ordered the shutdown of an oil and gas wastewater disposal well east of Greeley after seismologists detected two earthquakes in the area in less than a month.  More »

BP adjusts approach to hurricane season in Gulf

A new batch of small, unpredictable storms in the Gulf of Mexico flummoxed forecast models last year, prompting BP to better prepare for abrupt bad weather in this summer’s hurricane season, which begins Sunday.  More »

Valero Energy Partners income hit by winter weather

Pipeline and storage company Valero Energy Partners said Wednesday that its first-quarter net income fell 28 percent because of costs incurred as a new publicly traded company and because harsh winter weather stifled demand for products and slowed crude oil supplies.  More »

Texas oil and gas regulator warns against ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to quakes

“A knee-jerk reaction could have a negative impact on our economy because of the large role the oil and gas industry plays here,” a lead industry regulator testified at a subcommittee hearing in Austin.  More »

Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.  More »

Oklahoma swamped by surge in earthquakes near fracking

There have been more earthquakes strong enough to be felt in Oklahoma this year than in all of 2013, overwhelming state officials who are trying to determine if the temblors are linked to oil and natural gas production.  More »

Fog forecaster finds loyal customers in energy companies

Meteorologist Mark Chambers devotes much of his time to hurricanes, but on a winter day far removed from storm season, another weather phenomenon piqued his interest: fog.  More »

Rising utility costs lingering after winter’s chill fades

U.S. consumers got a glimpse of rising future utility bills during the winter as coal- and nuclear-plant shutdowns boosted reliance on natural gas.  More »

Ohio’s earthquake average since 2010 has risen

The rise coincides with an average increase in tremblors nationally and to an increase in oil-and-gas drilling and deep injection activity in eastern Ohio.  More »
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