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 controversial Waters of the U.S. rule has won approval from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, in a review released Thursday that said the proposed measure had “strong scientific support,” according to The Hill.
Reports that Saudi Arabia supplied less oil to the global market in September than it did the month before helped to push oil prices higher Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery jumped 2 percent, gaining $1.57 to settle at $82.09 on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude picked up $2.12 to finish at $86.83, Bloomberg reports.
Companies that provide equipment and services for oil drillers could lower their fees to maintain market share in the face of falling crude prices, Occidental CEO Stephen Chazen told a conference call Thursday, following an announcement that his company’s profits dropped 24 percent in the third quarter, Bloomberg reports.
Already a big wind farm operator, Warren Buffett could push his investment into renewables up to $30 billion as he continues pouring more money and looking for more acquisitions for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Michigan’s clean energy production -- encouraged by the 2008 Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act -- is dominated by wind power, according to a brief from the Pew Charitable Trusts, MLive.com reports.
Stanford University professor Rosemary Knight is using electrical resistivity tomography, or ERT, to study the extent to which salt water has been replacing fresh water that’s pumped out of the ground for drinking and agriculture along the central California coast, E&E reports.
During Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the study on the health impacts of fracking, which was started back in 2012, should be completed before the end of the year, WIXX reports.
With workers on strike at French nuclear power plants -- which are all operated by EDF -- the country had to import electricity instead of exporting it, as capacity was cut by 6.5 gigawatts early Thursday, Platts reports.