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$1B pipeline project could wrap up by end of 2013

Construction on a more than $1 billion oil pipeline replacement project in Michigan could wrap up by the end of 2013 if the project gets regulatory approval.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND oil patch airport might need $100M to upgrade

Dickinson officials say the city airport might need $100 million in the next five years to accommodate growth, and that the city might have to foot more of the bill than usual.  More »
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Experts say U.S. should do more to thwart spill from Cuban drilling

As the Spanish company Repsol nears its target depth for an exploratory oil well in Cuban waters, experts told a forum in Washington that the U.S. hasn’t done enough to prevent an accident on the site, or respond to one if it occurs.  More »
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The Conoco oil refinery in Rodeo, Calif.,  at sunset. (AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Report: Carbon capture not growing fast enough to reduce CO2 pollution

Analysis by the Worldwatch Institute found that global spending on carbon capture and storage technology has stagnated, at $23.5 billion.  More »
A cloud of natural gas spews from an out-of-control gas well owned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, about 10 miles northeast of Douglas, Wyo. Residents living without 2 1/2 miles of the well have been given the choice to evacuate. The well blew out Tuesday afternoon and no injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dan Cepeda)

Report released on Chesapeake well blowout

State oil and gas regulators are blaming mechanical failure for a natural gas well blowout in eastern Wyoming last month.  More »
The blowout preventer stack used at BP's failed Macondo well is lifted out of the Gulf of Mexico in September 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Got a spare? Extra BOP can reduce drilling downtime.

Some offshore drillers are adding spare blowout preventers so one can protect their wells while the second is down for maintenance or inspection.  More »
This is an undated handout photo issued by Total E&P UK Ltd of Total's Elgin PUQ (Process/Utilities/Quarters)  platform. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. (AP Photo  / TOTAL E&P UK Ltd)

Total will attempt to plug leaking Elgin well within days

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil producer, plans to begin within days an attempt to plug a North Sea well that has leaked natural gas for almost seven weeks.  More »
2012 Fisker Karma. (Photo: Fisker Automotive)

$100K electric vehicle being investigated after Sugar Land fire

A $100,000 electric car is suspected in sparking a fire at a Sugar Land home last week, according to media reports.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gasoline prices continue their month-long slide

Gasoline prices are continuing their downward trend as prices dropped 7 cents in Houston over the past week, according to AAA gas gauge.  More »
Prices for regular and diesel are posted in front of a service station in Mercer Island, Wash., near Seattle. A four-day rise in oil prices stalled Wednesday following a weak report on Chinese manufacturing and lingering concerns about Greece's bailout. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for oils produced in the U.S., fell 46 cents to $105.79 a barrel in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

CBO: Increasing domestic oil doesn’t help energy security much

A report released by the Congressional Budget Office Wednesday concludes that policies reducing oil consumption energy security more than growing domestic production.  More »
Trailers used as temporary housing for oil industry workers are are parked along a dirt road outside Dore, N.D. (AP Photo/ James MacPherson)

Oil boom resurrects North Dakota ghost town

For more than three decades, Kerry and Darrell Finsaas were all that kept this blink-and-you-miss-it North Dakota community from becoming completely deserted.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Enbridge CEO to tap Canadian oil-sands support for gateway pipe

Enbridge Inc. (ENB) Chief Executive Officer Pat Daniel is counting on Canadians’ support for ending the nation’s reliance on U.S. markets to boost the company’s chances of building its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.  More »
Caroline Cannon before an Inupiat monument made of whale bones in Point Hope, Alaska. Cannon has been the face and voice of her Inupiat community government and industry meetings across Alaska and in Washington, D.C. (Goldman Environmental Prize via Bloomberg)

Column: Alaska whaler wins $150K Goldman Prize for oil fight

The Cafe du Parc at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington is bustling with D.C. tourists and buttoned-down business travelers.  More »
A CNOOC oil platform, Donghai Sea, China. (Ding Jianzhou/Imaginechina via Bloomberg)

Cnooc deploys oil rig as weapon to assert China Sea claims

China’s first deep-water drilling rig began operations near islands in the South China Sea in a move to assert Beijing’s territorial claims as travel agencies suspended tours to the Philippines amid safety concerns.  More »
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3 critically injured in Sinclair refinery fire

The initial investigation into a flash fire that critically injured three workers at the Sinclair oil refinery near Rawlins found that the workers were wearing special fire resistant clothing, but details on what might have caused the fire aren’t yet available.  More »