Officials for ConocoPhillips are investigating if a northern Idaho section of the oil company’s gasoline pipeline has sprung a small leak, and they have imposed some precautionary measures to minimize the risk to public health. More »
The Environmental Protection Agency, facing intense opposition from some states and industry, on Thursday softened a new rule that requires aging power plants to sharply cut emissions that cause smog and soot in neighboring states. More »
Operators of a proposed coal-fired power plant in Matagorda County announced Thursday that they will drop their request for a 40-year water contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority, opting instead for a more expensive but less water-intensive technology. More »
American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said a small but vocal minority of fossil fuel foes are mounting “sideshows” designed to distract from the potential jobs and energy security benefits of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. More »
The prediction comes as tougher safety and environmental regulations enacted after the deadly Macondo well blowout in April 2010 continue to slow the pace of new drilling permits, forcing producers to scale back exploration programs.
House Republicans leaders have taken aim in recent weeks at a new EPA rule that would require mercury and other harmful emissions to be reduced by 90 percent, calling it a job killing regulation. The rule is set to go into effect in 2013. More »
NuStar Energy LP is five months into its plan to transform the only refinery in San Antonio’s city limits and its officers say they’ve made significant advances in upgrades and safety at the plant. More »
The “Occupy Wall Street” protests that have taken over lower Manhattan and parts of Chicago are now headed to the State Department, as activists plan a sleep-in to protest the Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver Canadian oil sands crude to the Gulf Coast. More »
Grand Prairie in the Barnett Shale in North Texas in August became the first municipality to ban the use of city water for fracking. Water officials for the Ogallala Aquifer in part of the Permian Basin included fracking when they approved the district’s first-ever restrictions on water use in July. More »
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