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Gas Leak at Gjoa
Thursday, June 22, 2017 A gas leak occurred late Wednesday at the ENGIE E&P operated Gjoa field, located in the North Sea, according to a company statement.

Rebel Bomb Attack Halts Colombia's Cano Limon Crude Pipeline
Thursday, June 22, 2017 A bomb attack over the weekend by the Marxist ELN rebels has halted the flow of crude along Colombia's Cano-Limon Covenas pipeline, sources say.

Storm Cindy Bears Down on Gulf Coast After Curbing Oil, Gas
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Tropical Storm Cindy shuts energy production in the Gulf of Mexico, disrupted shipping and forcing workers off oil and gas platforms.

Michigan Fires Contractor Doing Enbridge Oil Pipeline Risk Analysis
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 The US State of Michigan said it has fired a consultant after state officials discovered a conflict of interest with an employee of the company.

Oil Traders Brace For Storm Cindy To Hit US Gulf Coast This Week
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Oil traders from Texas to Louisiana braced for supply disruptions as Tropical Storm Cindy, formed in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Mexico Oil Sector Accidents Raise Doubts About Deep Water Exploration
Monday, June 19, 2017 As Mexico opens its energy market to more private investment, the country's drive to exploit untapped deepwater oil riches has raised safety concerns.

Saudi Navy Seizes Boat With Weapons Near Offshore Oilfield
Monday, June 19, 2017 The Saudi navy seizes a boat carrying weapons as it approached the kingdom's offshore Marjan oilfield in the Gulf.

Two Killer Refinery Fires No Help as Pemex Seeks Partners
Friday, June 16, 2017 Pemex's bid to recruit partners to help run their facilities "was already a tough sell" because of the condition of the aging plants, said Tim Samples.

Haugh: Energy Lags Other Industries on Employee Consumer Health Education
Friday, June 16, 2017 A recent energy survey by Ascende - a division of EPIC, finds that high deductible healthcare plans are on the rise, but employee health education is lacking.

BLOG: Federal Court Ruling Resurrects Dakota Access Pipeline Battle
Thursday, June 15, 2017 With oil already flowing from the Bakken, a federal court says Army Corps of Engineers review didn't sufficiently weigh the potential impact of an oil spill from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Fire Breaks Out At Mexico's Top Refinery, 9 People Hurt
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 A major fire broke out at Mexican state oil producer Pemex's Salina Cruz refinery after a crude spill.

Exxon Says NY Distorting Climate Record in Fraud Probe
Friday, June 09, 2017 ExxonMobil accuses New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of wildly distorting in court how the company calculates the long-term financial impact of climate change on its assets.

Brazil's Petrobras Says One Dead In NS 32 Drillship Explosion
Friday, June 09, 2017 Petrobras reports an explosion on the NS 32 drill ship, which is operated by Odebrecht Oleo e Gas, according to a statement.

Worker's Death Leads Libya's Oil Production to Drop by a Quarter
Thursday, June 08, 2017 Libya's oil production has plunged by almost a quarter after workers shut the OPEC country's biggest field to protest lack of medical care following the death of a worker.

Trump Said to Mull Combining Agencies Split After Gulf Spill
Thursday, June 08, 2017 The Trump administration is considering putting back the two agencies together again: one that enforces regulations on offshore drilling safety and another in charge of leasing offshore tracts.

IEA: World's Energy System Not On Track To Meet Climate Goals
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Barely one tenth of renewable energy technology is ready to meet long-term climate change targets as governments have failed to adequately support large-scale deployment.

Blast At China Petrochemical Plant Kills Eight, Injures Nine
Monday, June 05, 2017 An explosion rocked a petrochemical plant in China's eastern province of Shandong on Monday.

Green Groups Ask Court To Reverse EPA's Freeze Of Methane Rule
Monday, June 05, 2017 Green groups responded to the US EPA's attempt to freeze a rule requiring oil and gas companies to fix methane leaks in their equipment.

Trump's Paris Adieu Is a Win for Coal and Oil But Not a Big One
Friday, June 02, 2017 The biggest winners in President Donald Trump's decision to walk away from the Paris climate accord are oil, coal and natural gas producers.

NY Says Exxon's Climate Change Proxy Costs May Be A 'Sham'
Friday, June 02, 2017 New York's top cop told a judge that an investigation into ExxonMobil's public statements about climate change uncovered "significant evidence" the oil giant may have misled investors.

Trump to Withdraw US From Climate Accord to Seek Better Deal
Thursday, June 01, 2017 President Donald Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Paris climate pact and that he will seek to renegotiate the international agreement in a way that treats American workers better.

SPE: Managing Cyber Threats In the Sector is Everyone's Responsibility
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Everyone in the oil and gas sector, from rig workers to investors, has a responsibility to manage the risks of cyber threats, says SPE Director Sue Frye.

Colorado Oil Tank Fire Kills One, Injures Three
Friday, May 26, 2017 A blaze engulfed a Colorado oil tank battery on Thursday, killing one worker and injuring three, authorities said.

Shell Shareholders Reject Emissions Target Proposal
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 The vote is a setback for climate activists who are increasing pressure on global oil companies.

Dutchman Wants to Deploy Barriers to Gather, Recycle Pacific Plastic
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 The project has the backing of companies such as dredger Boskalis and chemical group Akzo Nobel.

ETP Spills Prompt U.S. to Ban New Drill Work on Rover Pipeline Route
Thursday, May 11, 2017 U.S. regulators on Wednesday prohibited Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) LP from new drilling to install pipe along the route of its Rover natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Ontario following drilling fluid spills in a wetland area in Ohio.

Report: Search Underway for Missing North Sea Rig Worker
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 A search operation is underway for a man reported missing from the Noble Lloyd Noble drilling rig in the North Sea's Mariner field, the BBC reports.

Turning Plastic to Oil, UK Startup Sees Money in Saving Oceans
Friday, May 05, 2017 "It could be a real game changer," said Patricia Vangheluwe, consumer & environmental affairs director at PlasticsEurope.

Weak Safety Standards Led to Exxon Refinery Blast - U.S. Agency
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has concluded that a 2015 explosion at a Torrance, California, refinery then owned by Exxon Mobil Corp could have been prevented, the agency concluded in a report issued on Wednesday.

Trump's Arctic Drill Plan Challenged by Environmental Groups
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Environmental groups are challenging President Trump's attempt to restore oil and gas leasing on more than 125 million acres in the Arctic and Atlantic ocean

Methane Rule Repeal Said to Hit Snag in Senate Over Ethanol
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 A top oil industry priority on Capitol Hill may fall victim to an unrelated dispute over ethanol.

Oil Traders Idled as China Refiners Fall Foul of Smog Fight
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 As China's government cracks down on pollution and a glut of fuel at home, some traders who the refiners lured with an ambition to establish a global footprint are finding they have nothing to do.

Gas Leak at Chemical Firm Ineos Contained at Scotland's Grangemouth
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 A gas leak inside petrochemicals firm Ineos's Grangemouth site in Scotland was successfully contained on Tuesday after emergency services rushed to the scene, police said.

Ottawa Gas Leak Forces Evacuations Near Canada's Parliament
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 A gas leak in Canada's capital of Ottawa on Tuesday forced police to evacuate several buildings including the prime minister's office and blocked traffic on five major streets around Parliament.

Next Battleground: An Aging Great Lakes Pipeline Stirs New Protest
Friday, April 28, 2017 In Michigan, a broad coalition of opponents is entering a new frontier: Pushing to rip out and reroute an existing pipeline - Enbridge Inc.'s aging Line 5, which crosses the Straits of Mackinac.

Trump to Expand Offshore Drilling, Review Post-Spill Rules
Friday, April 28, 2017 President Donald Trump moves to expand offshore oil drilling and to reconsider rules that safeguard the activity.

U.S. Pipeline Regulator Raises Penalties for Safety Violations -Notice
Friday, April 28, 2017 The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Friday said it increased the maximum civil penalties that may be imposed for violations of federal pipeline safety laws.

Anadarko Shares Fall After Colorado Blast Prompts Well Closings
Thursday, April 27, 2017 Anadarko drops the most since August after the oil and natural gas explorer said it will shut more than 3,000 Colorado wells as part of an investigation into a deadly house explosion.

U.S. LNG Expands to Eastern Europe as Poland Avoids Russian Gas
Thursday, April 27, 2017 The U.S. is set to ship its first shale gas to a member of the former Soviet bloc as Europe seeks to cut its dependence on fuel from Russia.

Oil Tankers Threaten Endangered Orcas, Tribes Say in Lawsuit
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Killer whales in the waters west of Seattle face heightened risk from an increased traffic of tankers that will carry oil from Kinder Morgan Inc.'s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, claim two Native American organizations.

Perry Says Trump Should Renegotiate, Not Exit, Paris Accord
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The White House has said it will decide by next month what to do with the deal involving more than 190 nations struck in the French capital in 2015.

Norway's Statoil Plays Down Risks Ahead Of Arctic Drilling
Monday, April 24, 2017 Statoil plays down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea.


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