GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group sued the Obama administration in federal court on Thursday for refusing to release documents detailing the extent of fracking in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit in U.S District Court in Washington, saying the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has refused to comply with the group's federal public records request seeking more information about how often oil companies are using the technique in Gulf waters.
Energen Corp. has joined Pioneer Natural Resources Co. in saying that its production in the Permian basin has been reduced because of winter storms and cold temperatures, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Oil prices dropping by more than 50 percent over the past six months has had little impact on rig count, until now, as contract company Helmerich & Payne has announced its rig operations will be cut by some 20 percent in a matter of weeks, The New York Times reports.
Chevron announced Tuesday it has found oil at Anchor prospect, the second time in less than a year that the company has discovered significant quantities in Gulf of Mexico drilling, The Times-Picayune reports.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Relief could be on the horizon for strapped public services in the Northern Plains' booming oil patch, as elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota move to steer more money into the region during the states' upcoming legislative sessions.
Tens of thousands of workers have been drawn to the region's shale oil boom in recent years. Their arrival has brought increased demands for services ranging from roads and sewage treatment to affordable housing.
According to preliminary data from the Texas Railroad Commission, drillers in the state produced 2.21 million barrels of crude a day in October, a 26 percent jump from the period a year earlier despite the slide in prices since June, although the Commission also noted that recent figures from Baker Hughes show a decline in rig count, FuelFix reports.
Officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management met with Shell representatives at least three times last spring, months ahead of the company submitting its 2015 drilling plans, according to documents Greenpeace obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, FuelFix reports.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have written to Centrus Energy Corp. and the firm’s new chief, Dan Poneman, asking to see correspondence between the two while Poneman was serving as deputy at the Department of Energy, The Hill reports.
Former Environmental Protection Agency lawyer Chet Thompson will step into the top slot next month at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, replacing Charles Drevna as chief of the refiners’ lobbying group, FuelFix reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency should take a closer look at the herbicide glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s "Roundup", said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., after an arm of the World Health Organization found it is "probably carcinogenic", The Hill reports.
The decision over who pays for the massive costs of shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant could be reviewed now that a different member of the California Public Utilities Commission has been assigned the matter, NBC San Diego reports.