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Oil sector withholds information about rail cargoes, says U.S. Regulator

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By Reuters Media  WASHINGTON – U.S. transport regulators on Friday criticized the oil industry for not sharing important information about the kinds of rail shipments that were involved in a number of recent fiery derailments. In letters with regulators and testimony to lawmakers, leaders of trade groups like the American Petroleum Institute have said since January that they will share results ...

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White House Announces Methane Regulations Overhaul


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The Obama administration announced today it would implement new strategies targeted at reducing methane emissions from sources such as landfills, ranches and oil and natural gas extraction. The announcement is the latest in a series of recent plans by the executive branch to begin addressing concerns over climate change without relying on Congress for ...

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Oil train Quebec case in hands of prosecutors

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MONTREAL (A.P)— Police say they have wrapped up their criminal investigation into the oil train derailment in Quebec that killed 47 and it is now in the hands of prosecutors.The crash and explosion incinerated a large swath downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec last July. Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Aurelie Guindon said Tuesday the investigation was officially completed Saturday and the case ...

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BNSF chief says production of new railcars for oil to start January

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(Reuters) – BNSF Railway Co said on Tuesday that production could start in January on the first batch of 5,000 next-generation tank cars designed to carry crude oil more safely, earlier than expected in an industry grappling with bottlenecks. One of the country’s biggest freight companies, BNSF last month asked railcar makers to build thousands of new cars that would ...

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Pence allows energy-efficiency repeal to become law

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A controversial bill to repeal several energy-efficiency programs became law Thursday without the governor’s signature. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said late Thursday he’s “disappointed” the Indiana General Assembly killed the state’s fledgling energy efficiency program without creating any alternative, but declined to veto the measure. That means programs to weatherize homes, and rebates for businesses that install energy-efficient equipment, will ...

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Redefining the profitable Bakken


Brian Kroshus, Publisher When the first vertical oil well was successfully drilled and completed in the Williston Basin in the early ’50s near Tioga, no one at the time would have been able to fully comprehend the sheer magnitude of the oil play lying below them. Based on conventional knowledge, the discovery of oil itself was cause for headlines, an ...

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More time granted on saltwater disposal well hearing

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By Brian Gehring A company planning to build a saltwater disposal well near the boundary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s north unit says it will meet with opponents of the plan before proceeding. Horizon Oilfield Services had filed for a permit with the Department of Mineral Resources Oil and Gas Division to site the disposal well just off U.S. Highway 85 ...

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Ohio Oil Spill: Mid-Valley Pipeline Leak Released More Than 20,000 Gallons Into Oak Glen Preserve


by  By DAN SEWELL CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal environmental officials now estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil — double the initial estimates — leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio. Meanwhile, Sunoco Logistics said Monday that the pipeline has been repaired and re-opened. Sunoco shut off the stretch of Mid-Valley Pipeline from Hebron, Ky., ...

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Enbridge, WBI Energy make progress on proposed pipeline projects

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By Kelsy Johnson for the Bismarck Tribune Transportation of crude and natural gas remains an important issue for producers in the Bakken. Two energy companies are making progress on projects that will increase the state’s pipeline capacity. Enbridge Energy Partners is working through the regulatory permitting process on an oil transmission line that expands their current system and may receive ...

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