An industry proposal to phase out old oil-carrying would aim to replace cars within three years of the program taking effect, a timetable that relies on swift development of the new cars, FuelFix reports.
Though the American Petroleum Institute and the Association of American Railroads agreed to a deal to phase out old crude-carrying train cars in exchange for safer ones, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers isn't on board, saying their members own many of the tank cars affected, Reuters reports.
SEATTLE (AP) — Two environmental groups are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing recent explosive oil train wrecks and the department's own findings that those accidents pose an "imminent hazard."
The petition filed Tuesday by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics seeks an emergency order within 30 days to prohibit crude from the Northern Plains' Bakken region and elsewhere from being carried in the older tank cars, known as DOT-111s.
The American Petroleum Institute and the Association of American Railroads have reached an agreement to make thicker tanker cars for shipping oil and schedule plans for retiring older cars; if the agreement is endorsed by the Transportation Department, it will become a key component of a larger rail safety overhaul, Reuters reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.
Billions of dollars are riding on how these rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land around it were a wonderland.
Buffalo's grandfather, though, looked at the lake with pained eyes. Created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' building of the Garrison Dam in the 1940s and '50s, it flooded out a significant portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and swallowed his town of Elbowoods. Families were forced to leave their homes for higher ground.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields were the latest land grabs by Kurds, who have responded to the Sunni militant insurgency that has overrun large parts of Iraq by seizing territory of their own, effectively expanding the Kurdish autonomous zone in the north. Those moves have infuriated al-Maliki's government while stoking independence sentiment among the Kurds.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The notice of appeal in the case of Kurt Mix was filed Friday in U.S. District Court, where Mix was tried, and at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Ponemon Institute found that only 17 percent of security executives at energy and manufacturing firms surveyed have deployed key cybersecurity initiatives, despite the fact that most of the companies have experienced a compromise in the past year, FuelFix reports.
Moves by the Commerce Department to allow Pioneer Natural Resources Ltd. and Enterprise Products Partners LP to export lightly processed crude known as condensate are being “held without action,” sources told Reuters, which says the delay may give the agency more time to put together comprehensive guidelines.
Concerns about the shutdown of the Coffeyville refinery in Kansas after a fire pressured U.S. crude prices, benchmark WTI for September delivery dropped 70 cents to $100.97 while in London Brent crude gained on the announcement of fresh Russia sanctions, up 15 cents to $107.72, Bloomberg reports.
As violence in Libya worsens, shelling between rival militias at Tripoli airport has seen a third fuel storage tank set on fire, while the U.S. has already evacuated its embassy staff, Bloomberg reports.
Commerce Department moves to increase duties on many solar panels coming from China and Taiwan could hurt the industry in the U.S., according to warnings from Canadian companies Canadian Solar Inc. and Trina Solar Ltd., The Wall Street Journal reports.
At least six members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, which makes policy recommendations to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, have had their financial conflicts of interest waived by the Department so that they can serve, according to documents obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
American Electric Power Co.'s failure to reach its 2008 sales figures in the years since is an example of how utilities will have to rethink their traditional assumptions that demand for electricity will increase in the future, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Demand for drilling and production equipment is up at National Oilwell Varco and is likely to stay that way, according to chief Clay Williams, as the company reported a 17 percent gain in profit in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, FuelFix reports.
Canada’s Talisman Energy refused comment on details of its negotiations with Spanish oil giant Repsol, even as the company reported a second quarter loss of $237 million on lower gas prices and higher royalty payments, Reuters reports.
Senate Budget Committee chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Tuesday that long term budgets don’t reflect climate change costs, while Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Angus King, I-Me., debated over the impact of carbon emissions on climate change, The Hill reports.