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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.  More »
This undated handout frame grab taken from video, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection shows bubbling due to impaired cementing in an unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection)

Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracturing health impacts

By Kevin Begos Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state’s current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because health […]  More »
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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.  More »
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U.S. Imposes duties on steel pipe imports from South Korea

he U.S. Commerce Department set duties from 9.89 percent to 15.75 percent on Korean pipe, which is used in oil drilling, according to a fact sheet released today by the agency. Last year, pipe worth $818 million was exported to the U.S. from South Korea.  More »
The LNG vessel Dukhan sits moored at the Enagas SA gas storage facility at the port of Barcelona. (Xabier Mikel Laburu/Bloomberg)

Houston LNG startup to sell to Exelon Corp.

A Houston-based startup aiming to export U.S. liquefied natural gas is planning to sell itself to power generator Exelon Corp., the firm’s founder confirmed Friday.  More »
Dallas Cormier, San Diego Gas & Electric Project Manager for Electric Distribution Engineering, holds the unmanned aerial system the company hopes to use for surveys (SDG&E)

Sempra subsidiary is first utility to get FAA drone license

A San Diego utility company say it’s the first utility in the country to get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a drone.  More »
Steve Ghormley from Freedom CNG and Railroad Commissioner David Porter fuel up a truck at the new CNG fueling station serving Houston Distributing Company near the company's facility on High Life Drive Thursday March 27, 2014.(Dave Rossman photo)

Lawmakers weigh in on debate about natural gas labels

Policymakers are trying to figure out how to measure consumer natural gas fuels.  More »
Iraqi Kurdish forces take position near Taza Khormato as they fight jihadist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positioned five kilometers away in Bashir, 20 kms south of Kirkuk, on June 23, 2014.
(AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIBKARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, escalating a dispute the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  More »
Halliburton workers are shown at a natural gas drilling site near Ponder, Texas. (Donna McWilliam/AP)

Halliburton bolsters China’s fracking through partnership

Halliburton, the oil field services company with the largest hydraulic fracturing fleet, is exporting the key technology behind the U.S. shale boom to China.  More »
The Chinese flag blows in the wind as hundreds of people walk along the Bund boardwalk by the Huangpu river in Shanghai, China. (Paula Bronstein/MCT)

Oil demand up fastest since 2010 on China, IEA says

Global oil demand will rise at the fastest pace in five years in 2015 as China leads gains in emerging economies, the International Energy Agency said.  More »
Source: Louisiana Offshore Oil Port LLC via Bloomberg

Shale shifting flows at America’s biggest oil port

With domestic production at a 28-year high, LOOP’s managers are thinking the previously unthinkable: They want to reverse the flows and send North American oil out as well as take foreign oil in.  More »
The Occidental Petroleum building in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Oxy names leadership team for California spinoff

Occidental Petroleum Corp. today named two of its executives who will run California Resources Corp., a spinoff company that will focus on oil and gas exploration and production in California.  More »
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