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  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 34 to 954 Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:50 PM ET

    Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 34 this week to 954 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 734 rigs were seeking oil and 217 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas plummeted by 15 rigs; Oklahoma was down six;...

  • Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO— A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. Presented with AP's findings, that the sheen recently averaged about 91 gallons of oil per day across eight square miles, the Coast Guard provided a new leak estimate that is about 20 times greater than one recently touted by the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Alpha Natural Resources Inc, a struggling U.S. coal company, may be forced to buy costly new insurance or otherwise ensure it can cover obligations for cleaning up any abandoned mines, according to officials in West Virginia. Alpha has been allowed to leave about $262 million in cleanup liabilities uninsured in West Virginia under a federal...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Alpha Natural Resources, a struggling U.S. coal company, may be forced into buying costly new insurance or shedding liabilities to ensure it can cover obligations to clean up any abandoned mines, officials in West Virginia said. Alpha Natural Resources has been allowed to leave about $262 million in cleanup liabilities uninsured in West...

  • ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC MUST ANSWER FOR SHORTFALL OF CLEANUP FUNDS- WEST VIRGINIA OFFICIAL.

  • Judges Thomas Griffith and Brett Kavanaugh seemed to agree with lawyers defending the EPA that the lawsuits are premature because the agency has not yet made the rule final. At issue is whether the EPA has legal authority for its plan under the Clean Air Act. But the agency and environmental advocacy groups say the court shouldn't even get to that question until...

  • Energy company eyes Washington state port for new project Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 9:40 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Riverside Refining LLC is developing an energy infrastructure project for the Pacific Northwest and is considering Washington State's Port of Longview as a potential location for it, the company's CEO said on Wednesday. Separately on Wednesday, environmental group Columbia Riverkeepers released documents it had obtained through...

  • House panel approves bill to tweak coal ash standards Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    The EPA rule set the first national standards for so-called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage than a hazardous material. McKinley said the EPA rule leaves open the possibility that coal ash could be designated as hazardous, creating uncertainty for industry. States that choose not to set up a program would be subject to regulation established...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    EPA officials say the rule would protect public health, fight climate change and lower electricity costs by 8 percent by 2030.. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., sent a letter urging the governors of all 50 states to defy the EPA by refusing to submit the compliance plans. Opponents also are getting support from an unlikely ally, Harvard Law...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- More than a dozen states and a coal company will urge a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to throw out the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants. "This represents a radical transformation of energy policy and will have a significant effect on West Virginia and other coal-producing...

  • The government announced this week that families could lose up to 15,000 Australian dollars per child per year in tax and child care benefits from Jan. 1, 2016, unless their children are vaccinated under a "no jab, no pay" policy. The crackdown comes as similar moves to limit vaccination waivers in the United States have proved to be deeply divisive.

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Oil production from the fastest-growing U.S. shale plays is set to fall some 45,000 barrels per day to 4.98 million bpd in May from April, the first monthly decline in over four years, projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Monday. Oil production from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico were forecast to...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 40 to 988 Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Attorneys for Don Blankenship say they have conducted a survey showing that the former Massey Energy CEO cannot get a fair trial in southern West Virginia, but prosecutors say he's short of warranting a move elsewhere. His attorneys have suggested Martinsburg or Baltimore. Blankenship was charged with conspiring to violate safety...

  • Here's the best new reason to wash your car often Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    The message came Wednesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which closed a five-year investigation into rusting pipes that carry brake fluid in about 5 million older Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC pickups and SUVs, without seeking a recall. NHTSA's finding that the GM trucks weren't defective came even though it received 3,645...

  • SEATTLE, April 7- A Native American community in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against BNSF Railway to prevent trains carrying crude oil from using tracks on reservation land, saying the transport violates a long-standing agreement. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community says BNSF has been using tracks that cross reservation land in...

  • The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations calling for tank cars to be fitted with protective systems better able to withstand fire than the bare steel construction now widely in use. "The longer we wait, the more we expose the public to the problems of these cars that aren't especially robust," NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart...

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The U.S. Transportation Department is completing work on a package of measures to control oil train dangers before the Obama administration finalizes a national safety plan expected by May, an official with knowledge of the plans said on Thursday. "The Transportation Department will not wait to take action on measures that could improve...

  • BECKLEY, W. Va., March 24- The former chief executive of Massey Energy Co pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a revised federal indictment arising from a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners. The former chief executive, Donald Blankenship, entered his plea in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Massey was acquired in...