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Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports

Companies want to increase coal shipments to Asia as domestic demand falters. But proposals for new export terminals in Washington and Oregon have run into strong resistance from regulators and environmentalists.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Oil falls as refineries cut operating rates

“Refiners in the U.S. are going into maintenance, which is going to reduce demand for crude.” expert says.  More »
A Phillips 66 refinery. (Phillips 66)

Refiners lobby Obama administration against condensate exports

Four refiners are lobbying the Obama administration to overturn recent rulings that allowed companies to export an ultra-light oil known as condensate once it has been minimally processed.  More »

Crude oil rail shipments set record pace

Rail shipments of crude oil rose to 119,634 carloads in the most recent fiscal quarter, an increase of more than 10 percent over the 106,605 shipments in the comparable period last year, according to figures released Thursday by the American Association of Railroads.  More »
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Judge rules BP was grossly negligent in oil spill

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago was the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct by the London oil company.  More »
King Willem-Alexander, center, of the Netherlands greets DSM CEO and Chairman Feike Sijbesma, left, and POET Executive Chairman Jeff Broin during the opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker.  More »
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Midstream firms build to meet Eagle Ford condensate production

Buckeye Partners and other midstream interests are betting millions on light oil called condensate from the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
Houston-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners said Sept. 3, 2014 that it will purchase Chevron's Evangeline ethylene pipeline system.

Boardwalk to buy Chevron pipeline for $295 million

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. has worked out a $295 million deal to buy the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system from Chevron, Boardwalk announced Wednesday.  More »
Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop. (Alex Brandon/AP)

EPA looking at new mandates on methane

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signaled that the agency may turn to voluntary programs and regulatory mandates in its bid to clamp down on methane emissions tied to oil and gas drilling.  More »
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Oil rises on possible Ukraine cease-fire

Oil for October delivery advanced $2.66, or 2.9 percent, to settle at $95.54 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
In this Oct. 15, 2010 file photo, a cleared area is shown in San Bruno, Calif., where several homes were destroyed by a fire from a gas pipeline explosion. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E plans to appeal penalty in deadly blast

The filing didn’t list a reason for the appeal. The gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb killed eight people in 2010.  More »
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Shell announces Utica gas discovery

Shell Oil Co. announced two successful new discovery wells in the northern, central part of Pennsylvania in a move that may suggest the sweet spot of the Utica formation extends further than previously thought, company officials said.  More »