Fuel Fix

Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years

FILE - This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill near Tioga, N.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)
“It’s now just become part of our lives,” Patty Jensen said of the massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered in September 2013 by her husband.
Rigs stacked at a business 20 miles west of Farm-To-Market Road 1788 photographed Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Reporter-Telegram, James Durbin)

A single oil rig was shut down last week, extending six month decline

As the price of oil seemingly began to stabilize for now near $60 a barrel, the U.S. oil rig count slowed its pace of decline down to a crawl. The number of U.S. oil rigs is now at 659, according to Baker Hughes data, after dropping by eight oil rigs a week prior.

Brandy Marty has been appointed to the third seat of the Texas Public Utility Commission by Gov. Rick Perry. She formerly served as Gov. Perry's chief of staff.

Gov. Perry appoints former chief of staff to Public Utility Commision

Governor Rick Perry announced Wednesday that he has appointed Brandy Marty, his former chief of staff, to fill the Texas Public Utility Commission’s third seat.
Categories: Electricity
Donald Trump speaks during a press conference following his address to the Scottish Parliament on April 25, 20012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Trump spoke of his concerns over a proposed wind farm, mooted to built near his new GBP 1 billion golf resort, telling the Scottish Parliament that they will destroy tourism in the country.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Trump takes Scotland to court over offshore wind farm (video)

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump said he has filed a lawsuit against the nation of Scotland over its plan to erect 11 offshore wind turbines near his new 1,400-acre golfing destination.
Categories: Real estate, Wind

(Photo: Mike Hill)

Lizard’s fate hinges on oil and gas-related foundation

A plan to save the dunes sagebrush lizard from extinction may do more to shield energy companies from scrutiny than to protect the imperiled reptile dwelling in the West Texas oil patch.
Categories: Environment
The Cedar Bayou 4 natural gas plant, Dec. 21, 2011 in Baytown, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

Mild summer discouraging new electricity generation

Lower than expected summer temperatures in Texas have pushed down forward wholesale electricity prices, which may in turn dampen future generation construction, Tudor Pickering Holt wrote in a report.
Categories: Electricity, featured
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Black Elk-funded investigation blames contractors for fatal platform explosion

The fatal explosion of a Gulf of Mexico production platform last November was sparked by contractors conducting maintenance work at the site, according to an investigation commissioned by the Houston-based company that owned the facility.
An aerial view of the Ensco 8502 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Feds push stricter rules for offshore production systems

The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed a rule to tighten standards for oil and gas production systems used offshore, in a bid to keep pace with the industry’s march into deeper waters and more challenging terrain.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

US shuffles prosecution team in Gulf spill case against ex-BP engineer

The Justice Department asked Wednesday that three of the federal prosecutors handling the case against a former BP engineer charged with obstructing the government’s investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill be withdrawn from the case.
Categories: Gulf oil spill

Drumbeat: August 21, 2013

‘Worrying’ decline in oil and gas production
The sharp decline in production of oil and gas from under British waters is “worrying” industry leaders.

Trade body Oil and Gas UK says there is record investment this year of £13.5bn.

But its annual repo…

Categories: Uncategorized
A hydrogen explosion rocks the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station number three reactor on March 14, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/HO/NHK)

Japan nuke watchdog may raise leak to ‘serious’

The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from “an anomaly” to a “serious incident.”
Categories: Nuclear

Cnooc profit rises as oil output compensates for costs

Cnooc Ltd. (883), China’s biggest offshore oil and gas explorer, posted a better-than-estimated 7.9 percent increase in first-half profit as rising output helped counter higher costs, including at unit Nexen Inc. The shares advanced the most in 19 months.
Categories: Finance/Earnings
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Report: Fracking not endangering W.Va. air quality

A state study says no new rules are needed to protect West Virginia’s air quality from natural gas drilling.
Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

Wisconson county temporarily halts frack sand mining on health concerns

A western Wisconsin county that has issued more frack sand mining permits than any other county in the state and in neighboring Minnesota has decided to take a hiatus on new projects while it addresses health and environmental concerns.

Pollution lawsuit against Pa. plant is revived

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday against a western Pennsylvania power plant, ruling that two women who live nearby can sue over alleged fly ash pollution even though the plant meets state and federal air pollution standards.
Transportation of heavy equipment has damaged some rural roads in Texas oil and gas drilling regions.

Rocky reception prompts state to slow down on gravel roads

After lawmakers objected, the state is delaying a plan to replace some paved rural roads with gravel rather than repair the pavement.

Our Clean Energy Future

Like most of you I was disappointed to learn that The Oil Drum will be closing its doors in the not-too-distant future. While it has been some time since I last wrote for the site, I was pleased to be allowed the opportunity to post one last article be…
Categories: Wind