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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 21- Leading U.S. pipeline Kinder Morgan Inc said on Wednesday it will enter North Dakota's Bakken shale with a $3 billion acquisition of Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm. "The Bakken is the one producing basin in which Kinder Morgan doesn't have a large presence,"...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Most U.S. states expect to hit their revenue targets this fiscal year, but at least six states say they could fall short, the National Conference of State Legislatures said on Wednesday. Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Vermont all expect to miss their revenue forecasts, according to the report. New Mexico and Indiana are...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 21- Leading pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Inc Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday. Hiland Partners builds and operates oil gathering and transportation pipelines and natural gas gathering and...

  • Kinder Morgan to buy Hiland Partners for $3 billion Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Jan 21- Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Inc Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday. Hiland Partners builds and operates oil gathering and transportation pipelines and natural gas gathering and processing systems primarily in...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The eight states at the heart of the American shale oil revolution all grew faster than the U.S. national average over the last decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, underscoring the importance of oil production to the U.S. economy. North Dakota's private industry achieved a spectacular CAGR of 7.4 percent while Wyoming, Utah and...

  • Oil spills in Yellowstone River after pipeline leak Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    Jan 19- Crews worked on Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana even as Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Poplar pipeline, which moves crude from Bakken basin to nearby hubs, was last inspected in 2012 and is at least 8 feet below the...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 9- New oil and gas well permits issued across the United States rose slightly in December and surged 72 percent in Colorado and Wyoming after falling sharply in November on tumbling crude prices. New permits plunged nearly 40 percent in November compared to October, signaling a potential slowdown in the shale oil and gas boom that brought the United...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- The treasuries of U.S. states with large energy sectors are swinging wildly from full to empty as oil prices take unexpected turns, a new report released on Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows. North Dakota follows, alongside Vermont, at 11.6 percent. In 2013 severance taxes made up 39.7 percent of Wyoming's revenue and 46.4 percent of...

  • ALBANY, N.Y., Dec 17- When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York on Wednesday, he predicted "a ton of lawsuits" against the state. Six years ago, before the start of a lengthy New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing of natural gas, the governor might have been right. Chesapeake Energy, once one of the biggest leaseholders in New York, last year...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel's current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside. The two senators had contested the chairmanship of the committee that will provide a key blueprint for Republican policy priorities as the party...

  • Sessions yields to Enzi as U.S. Senate Budget chairman Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 17- Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel's current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside. The two senators had contested the chairmanship of the committee that will provide a key blueprint for Republican policy priorities as the party...

  • FACTBOX-Taxpayers help subsidize oil-by-rail boom Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation Amount: $10 million Year: 2013 Recipient: South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Description: Used to separate a CSX freight and commuter line that became crowded as demand for crude by rail grew in the Philadelphia area. Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation Amount: $6.6 million...

  • Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado together account for almost 98 percent of the total rise in U.S. oil output since the beginning of 2008.. But Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado have collectively contributed almost an extra half million barrels per day compared with January 2008, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • BISMARCK, N.D., Dec 9- North Dakota has approved strict new standards for oil, requiring every barrel of crude be filtered for dangerous types of natural gas in order to make crude-by-rail transport safer. The new requirements come as federal, state and local officials grapple with how best to ensure the safe transport of North Dakota's crude oil, which has been...

  • Dec 8- Oil and gas producer ConocoPhillips said its capital budget for 2015 would drop 20 percent to $13.5 billion, amid a steep decline in global crude prices. ConocoPhillips said it would "defer significant investment" in the Montney and Duvernay fields in Canada, the Permian Basin in Texas and the Niobrara shale field, which extends over Colorado, Wyoming,...

  • PARIS, Nov 23- The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says Europe risks "secular stagnation"- a long-term, self-perpetuating slump similar to the one that followed the Great Depression in the 1930 s. France's economy is flatlining, Italy's has fallen back into...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. Senate Democrats expanded the ranks of their party leadership on Thursday to include Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a possible presidential contender in 2016.. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections, created a new post for Warren as a strategic policy adviser to help...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 13- Oilfield Water Logistics LLC, which transports, treats and disposes of water for energy companies in the U.S. shale oil boom, said on Thursday it bought competitor WestWater Energy, the latest step towards consolidation in the fragmented sector. The acquisition means Dallas- based OWL, a recently formed company backed by a unit of private equity...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 13- Farmland values in the central U.S. Plains held mostly steady in the July-September quarter compared to a year ago, with land prices and loan demand generally tracking commodity price trends, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Thursday. The bank's district includes Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, western Missouri, eastern Colorado and...