Fuel Fix

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 »
A crane stands next to Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) signage displayed on the company's La Muralla IV deep sea crude oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, Aug.30, 2013.  (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Report: Pemex a likely hurdle to Mexican energy reform

Mexico is opening up its vast oil and gas reserves to foreign investment, and questions abound about security and regulation.  More »
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

U.S. appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer

Prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deliberately deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP’s Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.  More »
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The Gulf of Mexico dead zone, linked indirectly to ethanol production, should be smaller this year, but still about the size of Connecticut.

Gulf dead zone should be smaller than 2013, tied to ethanol production

The annual Gulf of Mexico dead zone — which scientists tie to Midwest agriculture including ethanol production — is expected to be slightly smaller than last year but still around 5,000 square miles.  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 »
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Oil price falls 2 percent, biggest drop since April

U.S. crude for August delivery fell $2.10 cents to close at $100.83 a barrel.  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.
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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 »
Louis Finkel, executive vice president for the American Petroleum Institute. (Photo: API)

New oil industry lobbyist stands apart from pack

The oil industry’s new top lobbyist has an attribute that could give him an edge navigating the minefield of energy politics on Capitol Hill.  More »
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