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Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.

Rigs in the Eagle Ford – and around the U.S.

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Texas has 840 drilling rigs hunting oil and gas – 47.6 percent of U.S. rigs, and 22.6 percent of rigs worldwide, according to the latest Baker Hughes Rig Count. The bulk of the state’s rigs are in the Permian Basin in West Texas or the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. The Permian has 407 rigs, the Eagle Ford […]
Categories: Uncategorized
(Kamil Porembinski/Flickr)

Gas well fire in Pa. out; worker still missing (video)

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A natural gas well fire that injured one worker and left another unaccounted for has gone out, company officials said.
Categories: Accidents
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Guest commentary: US crude oil export ban confusion intensifies, except in Alaska

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While federal policymakers are moving slowly on the question of U.S. crude oil exports, Alaska is taking swift action on policy decisions that are reinvigorating oil and gas investment in the state, says Peter Gardett, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security.
Categories: Arctic, Politics/Policy
(Photo: Zach Heller Photography)

Texas heading for major water shortage with limited oil field recycling

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Breaking into massive shale-oil reservoirs could push Texas toward a water shortfall of 3.5 trillion gallons by 2060, unless water recycling gains a foothold in the state’s oil fields, a recent Bloomberg analysis shows.
A man walks in front of Duke Energy Corporate Headquarters in a Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Duke Energy to shed Midwest generation business

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Last week, Ohio regulators rejected a $729 million Duke rate-increase request.
Categories: Electricity
Railroad oil tanker cars are parked next to a storage facility near the Port of Albany on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The Port of Albany has become a hub for the U.S. oil business, taking shipments from North Dakota's Bakken Shale daily by mile-long trains and shipping it in tankers down the Hudson River to refineries. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Rail oil shipping raises safety concerns in Albany

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Opponents of a proposal to build boilers to liquefy heavy crude passing through Albany by rail are drawing attention to the capital’s emergence as a major hub for the transport of oil that’s widely considered risky from an environmental and safety standpoint.
Categories: Crude oil, Rail
A placard warns of flammability on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

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At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.
Categories: Accidents, Rail