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Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

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 by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say they will propose requiring at least two crew members on trains transporting crude oil, as well as regulations aimed preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident. The Federal Railroad Administration proposals are a response to several accidents involving oil trains from the Bakken region of North ...

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Oil and gas experts school small business owners

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SAN ANGELO, Texas — No oil and gas company is an island — their employees need food, health care, entertainment, office supplies, ice, housing and gobs of other goods and services. “San Angelo is in a unique position to sort of be a hub for the region,” said Luke Legate, industry consultant with the Joint Association of Oil and Natural ...

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Russia warns Europe of gas supply cuts over Ukraine debt

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* Ukraine owes Russia $2.2 billion for gas * Putin calls for talks with Europe on Ukraine economy * Putin says Ukraine could siphon off gas bound for Europe By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW, April 10 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders on Thursday Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction ...

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Effects from BP spill linger

By Kate Bradshaw, The Tampa Tribune ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly four years ago, research teams regularly launched vessels out of Bayboro Harbor seeking signs of the oil that gushed from an underwater well in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 people. News crews waited at the dock when they returned with water, sediment and fish tissue ...

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Russia’s Gazprom, China close to gas agreement, hope to sign in May

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom and China are close to reaching a landmark gas deal and Moscow hopes the agreement will be signed next month, Itar-Tass news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich as saying on Wednesday. “Regarding Gazprom’s gas contract, the sides are close to agreement … The only issue remaining is … the price,” he said during a trip ...

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Pressure vessel investigated as cause of Plymouth explosion

The Olympian, Olympia, Washington Officials investigating the cause of last week’s explosion at a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Plymouth are looking into whether a pressure vessel may have failed, causing it to explode. The vessel is about 30 feet tall and located alongside another vessel near a storage tank that was punctured, officials said. Officials are investigating why ...

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FirstEnergy CEO takes national stage; says regulatory challenges and mandates make it difficult for electric industry

Betty Lin-Fisher for The Akron Beacon Journal FirstEnergy Corp.’s President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Alexander had a national stage Tuesday to discuss regulatory challenges and mandates that he said are making it more difficult for electric utilities to provide reliable, affordable service. Alexander was featured at the CEO Leadership Series lunch, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation ...

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Column- Shale revolution reverses global energy flow

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(John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own) By John Kemp (Reuters) – The United States has replaced OPEC as the marginal petroleum supplier to the world thanks to the shale revolution and improvements in automotive fuel efficiency. Net U.S. imports of crude and products have halved over thelast five years, or by an amount equivalent to the entire daily crude ...

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Hawaii receives first LNG shipment

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Mary Schimke | Shale Plays Media Hawaii received its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this week via container ship. Hawaii Gas has been providing gas service to Hawaiians for over 100 years and has now taken the plunge to diversify its product base in an attempt to lower prices for customers. Hawaiians currently pay the highest gas and ...

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