BEIJING (AP) — Police have detained seven employees of China's largest oil refiner, Sinopec, following last week's oil pipeline blast that killed at least 55 people when it ripped through a road lined with businesses and apartments in an eastern port city.
Allenco Energy Co. voluntarily halted operations at its urban oil field in Los Angeles as the city and the Environmental Protection Agency conduct investigations into the release of noxious vapors from the site, the Los Angeles Times reports.
BEIJING (AP) — China's president on Sunday visited hospitalized victims of deadly explosions that ripped through residential and commercial roads from a ruptured pipeline owned by the country's largest oil refiner.
U.S. Geological Survey research into brine contamination of groundwater in Bakken Shale areas of Montana and the Dakotas found thousands of miles of wetlands and streams within a mile of oil and gas wells, E&E reports.
BEIJING (AP) — Leaked oil from a ruptured pipeline in an eastern Chinese port city exploded Friday, killing at least 35 people, injuring 166 and contaminating the nearby sea in one the country's worst industrial accidents of the year, authorities said.
Genesee and Wyoming, the owner of the oil-carrying train that derailed in Alabama this month, said it had no safety concerns about the stretch of rail where the train lost control prior to the incident, Reuters reports.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man severely burned in a Bakken oil patch fire has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with a Texas company accused of providing him insufficient training and equipment, according to attorneys for the plaintiff and court documents.
TransCanada Corp. said the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline would be ready to ship oil by mid-January, backing off the anticipated start date of Jan. 3 it submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Energy Department's inspector general to swiftly resume its investigation into the Bonneville Power Administration, saying he has "credible evidence" of whistle-blower retaliation at the power agency, The Hill reports.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said radiation-exposed water released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant would reach the U.S. West coast at relatively safe levels, Bloomberg reports.
Royal Dutch Shell and Vitol Group are among companies who have met with Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh for early discussions on reopening the country's energy industry to wider markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A group of environmental organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations to curb methane emissions and called on the Interior Department to strengthen existing rules to limit the greenhouse gas, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, suggested that climate change would offer some economic benefit for his state by opening up Arctic trade routes between China and Europe that could include Maine's coastal cities as a stop, the Kennebec Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a five-year lease extension for its headquarters in Rockville, Md., after the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution allowing the agency to retain the lease in exchange for relinquishing space in another building, Washington Business Journal reports.