NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday.
Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The company said the three injured workers have been released from the hospital.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces on Friday drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northern and western Iraq in a stunning summer offensive.
The Iraqi troops, backed by allied Sunni militiamen, also lifted the Islamic State group's siege of the oil refinery, Iraq's largest, and hoisted Iraq's red, white and black flags atop the sprawling complex hosting the facility.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top energy industry regulator unveiled new rules Thursday that would require companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's shipped by rail.
State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told the state Industrial Commission that all crude from North Dakota's oil patch would have to be treated to remove certain liquids and gases to "ensure it's in a stable state" before being loaded onto rail cars.
Canadian and oil industry officials have warned the North Dakota Industrial Commission not to understate the risks of shipping Bakken crude by rail as the agency prepares to rule on whether or not producers must strip the oil of volatile gases ahead of shipping, The Wall Street Journal reports.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured most of the town of Beiji, home to the country's largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said Tuesday.
The strategic town, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, will likely be a base for a future push to take back Saddam Hussein's hometown just to the south, one of the main prizes overrun by the extremists last summer. But troops backed by Shiite militias faced pockets of stiff resistance around Beiji, hindering their advance.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's call for the ouster of the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was rejected Monday by a federal judge.
BP lawyers had said Patrick Juneau should be removed for a variety of reasons, among them that he had a conflict of interest because he once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims. They also said he had made misleading statements about that work before being named claims administrator. And they said Juneau improperly expedited claims for some people represented by the plaintiffs' steering committee.
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Nature and a multimillion dollar rock pile built in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill have healed a large barrier island nine years after it was sliced in two by Hurricane Katrina.
Katrina swamped Alabama's narrow Dauphin Island in 2005, creating a pass that grew from a few dozen feet to about 1.5 miles wide by the time the oil spill occurred in 2010. The cut left more than 7 miles of pristine beach inaccessible by foot on the island's uninhabited western end.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions that could ultimately bring $18 billion in penalties.
The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that there were errors in its June 4 ruling on BP's Clean Water Act liability. The ruling released Wednesday night is not the final say from the court. BP and its minority partner in the Macondo well, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., have a request pending for the full 15-member court to reconsider the issue.
Federal agencies would have to assess the impact projects would have on climate change as part of their reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, under draft guidelines the White House released Thursday, National Journal reports.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., will head up a new subcommittee charged with monitoring Obama administration environment and energy policies, The Hill reports.
In the Texas legislature, Rep. Phil King has introduced measures that would require local fracking bans to get approval from the state Attorney General, with communities having to bankroll impact studies and reimburse lost tax revenue, FuelFix reports.
The slump in oil prices resumed Thursday, with analysts predicting they could go even lower. U.S. benchmark crude for January delivery dropped $2.36 to settle at $54.11 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London February Brent was back under $60, finishing $1.91 down at $59.27, Reuters reports.
Shell’s decision on whether to proceed with Arctic drilling, expected sometime between now and March, will likely be made more on the basis of court rulings and government reviews rather than oil prices, officials have told Platts.
The National Hockey League has a big climate change goal for its current season: To work with Constellation, an energy services firm, to cut carbon emissions and offset the rest in order to achieve carbon neutrality, National Journal reports.
Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel – a vice president in LyondellBasell’s international manufacturing operations, will take over as chief executive officer of the chemical company when James Gallogly retires on Jan. 12, FuelFix reports.
Jon Carson, ex-Obama campaign strategist, will be helping SolarCity to find creative ways of persuading people to put solar panels on their roofs, instead of relying on traditional advertising, The Washington Post reports.
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan unveiled earlier this year, which would encourage development of wind, solar and geothermal projects over millions of acres in California, says little about how the generated power will be distributed, which could see battles over siting new transmission lines, The Desert Sun reports.