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An oil  train goes through Bakersfield, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

Oil industry wants 7-10 years to phase out tank cars

Leading oil industry trade groups on Tuesday told federal regulators that proposed regulations to boost the safety of transporting crude by trains need to be phased in more slowly and should not mandate tank cars with extra-thick shells.  More »
This 2007 file photo shows the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy leaving Seattle for a scientific mission in the Arctic that included breaking ice well north of Barrow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

U.S. could press for international Arctic drilling standards

The United States may use its role heading the Arctic Council to push for standards governing oil drilling and development throughout the region, the Obama administration’s top Arctic envoy said Tuesday.  More »
The Empire State tanker is one of five that Kinder Morgan plans to purchase from American Petroleum Tankers, part of a $1 billion deal that also includes four newly built vessels from State Class Tankers. (American Petroleum Tankers)

Condensate export numbers trickle out

New government data about crude exports includes information about the first-known U.S. exports of lightly treated condensate, but the real details are hidden from view.  More »
The Dominion Liquified Natural Gas (LGN) facility in Cove Point, Md. A domestic natural gas boom already has lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking. Expanded More than 20 projects to export LNG are under review by the Energy Department. (AP Photo/Dominion)

Dominion Natural Gas exports plan gets federal OK

In its decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that the project would minimize potential adverse impacts on landowners and the environment.  More »
An oil tanker is docked at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif.

Rare Alaskan crude shipment heads to South Korea

A tanker full of Alaskan crude is now heading to South Korea, courtesy of an exception in the 39-year-old law that blocks most U.S oil from being sold overseas. The shipment is the first of its kind in a decade.  More »
Customers fill up vehicles beyond a filler hose as 7,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline are delivered to a Shell station in Peoria, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Lawmakers fear voters won’t approve of easing export ban

Some Republican congressional leaders and lawmakers from oil states have been reluctant to say much on the topic of easing the federal ban on oil exports.  More »
Priscilla Ridley holds a rope before equipment is hoisted on Shell's Nanuq oil recovery and supply vessel, during oil spill response training in Valdez, Alaska in 2012. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell, ConocoPhillips plead White House for flexibility in Arctic

Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby nor block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up any spills.  More »
Delta Airlines planes parked at the gates in Atlanta. (William Montgomery photo)

Delta: Oil exports would prompt refinery closures

Delta Air Lines’ top fuel executive on Tuesday made an impassioned argument against ending the longstanding ban on exporting crude, saying the proposed trade policy change would fatten oil producers’ bottom lines while hurting domestic refiners and consumers.  More »
Enbridge is running advertisements on the role energy plays fueling our daily lives. (Image courtesy Enbridge)

Enbridge aims to burnish image with feel-good ads

Enbridge is aiming to change the national debate about energy — and buff up its own image at the same time — with a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign highlighting how oil and gas fuel our lives.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Agency can look at rig owner’s role in oil spill

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board’s right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.  More »
Hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique in which water, sand and chemicals are blasted underground to force out natural gas and crude trapped in layers of rock, has led to a surge in U.S. production of hydrocarbons including NGLs. (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg)

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure.  More »
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Feds slapped with lawsuit for delaying oil payment transparency rule

Oxfam America is suing the Securities and Exchange Commission in a bid to force it to finish rewriting congressionally mandated rules requiring companies to disclose what they pay foreign countries for oil, gas and other minerals.  More »
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