A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North Dakota and Montana that has created a modern-day gold rush will start airing Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel.
The six-episode "Boomtowners" is the latest television project aimed at capturing the complexities of life in the Bakken shale region that has attracted thousands of workers from around the country and their families as they seek high-paying jobs in the oil fields. The series focuses on several people including a judge whose caseload has soared, a Phoenix-native trucker who hauls oil across the region, and an oil field worker who's a street preacher on his days off.
In the latest back-and-forth over the Interior Department’s proposal for offshore oil and gas development, a coalition of 163 Republican lawmakers urged the federal government to expand its horizons and open more waters to development, a day after Democrats pressed for more restrictions offshore.
Sending a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Thursday, the GOP group -- led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and House Natural Resources Chair Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah -- took issue with the department’s draft five-year plan for offshore oil and gas development from 2017 to 2022.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is "very likely" that most of the state's recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.
Geologists have been studying the cause of hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the homes and the nerves of residents in central and north-central Oklahoma, where the pace of oil and gas drilling has accelerated in recent years.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Argentine government on Tuesday sued several energy companies that are drilling for oil near the Falkland Islands, the latest proxy fight in a longstanding dispute over the far-flung archipelago, though analysts say it will have little practical effect.
Daniel Filmus, the Argentine official responsible for the islands, told The Associated Press that the suit was filed in the Tierra del Fuego province in southern Argentina.
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a pair of Democrats are pushing legislation to keep offshore drilling out of the Atlantic.
The bill, announced Monday and to be introduced soon by Rep. Frank Pallone and Sen. Robert Menendez, both New Jersey Democrats, would prevent the Interior Department from offering leases for oil and gas exploration or development in any of three Atlantic planning areas.
The Interior Department on Friday took a first step toward reforming its royalty policies for onshore oil and gas development on public lands, a move that public land advocates said would help ensure a “fair share” is paid to taxpayers - and opponents decried as a federal effort to “take as much as you can” from energy companies.
In issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Bureau of Land Management solicited comment on proposals that include giving the agency flexibility to adjust onshore royalty rates and fees to address market changes.
As many as 1,800 employees of Murray Energy could be notified today that they’ll be losing their jobs, according to CEO Robert Murray, who said “the tide is just too high” for his company in the face of low prices and demand for coal, the Tribune-Review reports.
Legislation introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., sets “accountability measures” targeting the Environmental Protection Agency, to help industry that Capito says say is burdened by “onerous regulations and deeply flawed permitting process” when it comes to air pollution rules, The Hill reports.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has introduced a measure extending the ban on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, opposing legislation introduced by Republicans last week that would open the area to drilling as early as 2016, The Hill reports.
Oil prices were trading slightly lower early Friday following big gains the day before, ahead of the closely watched figures from Baker Hughes about the number of rigs drilling in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for July delivery was down 18 cents to $60.54 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 15 cents to $66.39, The Wall Street Journal reports.
U.S. railroads transported 113,089 carloads of crude in the first quarter, according to the Association of American Railroads, a drop of almost 14 percent from the 4th quarter as lower prices impacted drillers, particularly in the Bakken Shale, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Vanguard Natural Resources says it will spend $474 million to take over upstream rival Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP, the second acquisition for the master limited partnership this spring, FuelFix reports.
Westchester County will pay a civil penalty record $1.1 million fine for failing to properly treat drinking water, overall spending around $12 million as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, according to Reuters.