Tag: politics

ND grant to coax motorists to use more ethanol

A state Commerce Department official says many North Dakotans who drive so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles don’t even know it.  More »

Top Interior official heads to firm working for BP

The former chief of staff to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has taken a job with a law firm representing BP in litigation stemming from the massive Gulf oil spill last year.  More »

BP says it didn’t hide information about Gulf well blowout

BP Plc said it didn’t hide information about a possibly dangerous condition in the Macondo oil well before or after it blew out in April 2010, killing 11 people and triggering the biggest U.S. offshore oil spill.  More »

Carter: Natural gas could give U.S. path to energy security

Former President Jimmy Carter said renewable energy is unlikely to produce large amounts of power in the near future, but the nation’s natural gas reserves could put the U.S. on a path to energy security, according to a Platts press release.  More »

Wyo. official: Better map could crack Niobrara oil

Better seismic mapping data could finally spur more petroleum companies to drill into the Niobrara Shale, according to the head of the Wyoming state oil and gas regulatory agency.  More »

ConocoPhillips establishes second Chinese spill fund

The Houston oil giant said the new fund will specifically address environmental issues in China’s Bohai Bay after two spills at a company-operated field in June, while a separate fund will go to any damages arising from the incidents.  More »

Ohio summit to focus on energy and the economy

What natural gas trapped in shale formations beneath Ohio could mean for the state’s economy is one of the topics of a summit that will bring together experts, business leaders and regulators to help Ohio work on an energy policy for the 21st century.  More »

BP wins dismissal of some investors’ spill suits

BP Plc convinced a federal judge that it shouldn’t have to face some lawsuits in the U.S. brought by institutional investors on behalf of the company over last year’s Gulf of Mexico drilling-rig explosion and oil spill.  More »

White House wary of Solyndra re-election effects

The Obama administration was worried about the financial health of a troubled solar energy company even as officials publicly declared the company in good shape, newly released emails show.  More »

2 killed in oil rig explosion in North Dakota

An explosion at a newly drilled oil well in western North Dakota killed two workers and severely injured two others, officials said.  More »

Turkey warns Cyprus against offshore gas drilling

The Foreign Ministry’s announcement today comes a day after Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias announced that U.S. firm Noble Energy will soon begin exploratory drilling to confirm deposits beneath the sea bed off Cyprus’ southern coast despite Turkey’s attempts to prevent such a move.  More »

Spill report sets stage for new offshore rules

In highlighting a series of failures that culminated in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, federal investigators on Wednesday paved the way for new rules on offshore drilling safety.  More »