• Cape Wind seeks lease option for staging in RI

    Updated: 13 min ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The developer of a planned wind farm off Cape Cod wants the option to lease land in Rhode Island for a staging and assembly area, the Quonset Development Corp. announced Wednesday. Cape Wind is looking at a one-year lease option at the Quonset Business Park, with two one-year extensions for about 14 acres at the Port of Davisville in North Kingstown. The development corporation's board is scheduled to take up the lease option during a meeting on Tuesday, and it won't release the financial details until then. Much of the work for the $2.

  • Senators block election-year bill aiding hunters

    Updated: 34 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and liberal Democrats on Thursday derailed a Senate bill to help hunters and potentially aid Democratic senators seeking re-election in GOP-leaning states. It's the latest bipartisan measure to fall victim to election-year maneuvering. The broadly popular legislation would have opened more federal lands to hunters and other sportsmen, increased funds for shooting ranges and blocked government curbs on bullets and fishing gear containing lead. It also would have renewed some conservation programs. But senators voted 56-41 against ending debate on the bill as the measure became enmeshed in gun politics. Supporters fell 19 votes short of the 60 needed to move to a final vote, effectively derailing

  • Oil rises for first time in 2 weeks, near $103

    Updated: 42 min ago

    The price of oil bounced back late Thursday and rose for the first time in two weeks. Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery gained 64 cents to $102.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, rose 54 cents to $109.01 on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Oil fell to a two-month intraday low of $101.55 in the morning, but rallied as U.S. equities markets recovered from steep morning losses. Oil had been falling steadily since late June, partly because worries about disruptions of the oil supply from Iraq have subsided and Libyan oil is returning to the global market. Analysts cautioned that more declines are possible.

  • EPA trying to confirm ND spill didn't reach lake

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Officials are assessing a spill of oil-drilling saltwater from a North Dakota pipeline to ensure none of the brine affected the lake an American Indian reservation uses for drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. In its first public statement in the two days since the spill was detected, the agency said it had no confirmed reports that the saltwater had reached Bear Den Bay. It leads to Lake Sakakawea, which provides water for the Fort Berthold reservation occupied by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes in the heart of western North Dakota's booming oil patch. EPA said most of the spill was pooled on the ground, soaked into the soil and held behind beaver dams.

  • Texas company proposes oil pipeline through Iowa

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company wants to build a 1,100-mile pipeline that would cut diagonally across Iowa from northwest to southeast and carry millions of gallons of crude oil a day extracted from western North Dakota's oil fields. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP said the proposed 30-inch diameter pipeline would initially have the capacity to carry 13 million gallons daily but that could be increased. The company said in a statement it is a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to reduce the reliance on truck and rail transportation. The company said wants to have the pipeline in service by the end of 2016. Its board has approved the pipeline, and the company has begun ordering steel and nego

  • University of Delaware scraps data center plans

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — University of Delaware officials said Thursday that they are pulling the plug on plans for development of a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site in Newark. Officials said in a statement issued by the university that an internal working group concluded that the proposed facility, which included a 279-megawatt power plant, was not consistent with plans for its Science, Technology and Advanced Research, or STAR campus. "The university is committed to providing economic development opportunities for the region and state.... We have carefully examined The Data Centers' plans, and have determined that they are not a good fit for the STAR campus," said UD President Patrick Harker.

  • Highlights of Pennsylvania's 2014-15 budget

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Highlights of the $29 billion spending package signed by Gov. Tom Corbett for the fiscal year that started July 1. Comparisons are to the budget approved for the previous fiscal year: THE BIG PICTURE — Authorizes a spending increase of $651 million, or 2.3 percent, to $29 billion over last year's approved budget. Counting another $220 million that it adds to the books of the previous fiscal year, the entire package is a $871 million increase, or about 3.1 percent. — Generates $29.5 billion through taxes, fees and other revenue sources, an increase of $940 million, or 3.3 percent. TAXES/REVENUES — Contains no new taxes.

  • Retail gasoline prices across Texas drop 2 cents

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas have declined 2 cents this week to reach $3.48 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported that compares to the nationwide price at the pump of $3.64 per gallon, which is down 3 cents from a week ago. Drivers in El Paso have the most expensive gasoline in Texas this week at $3.54 per gallon. The association survey found Amarillo has the cheapest retail gasoline at $3.38 per gallon. AAA officials say high wholesale gasoline prices have begun to subside in many parts of the country. Analysts expect pump prices for many U.S. motorists to decline in the next week.

  • Correction: Murphy Oil-Headquarters story

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — In a story July 9 about Murphy Oil's new headquarters, The Associated Press reported erroneously the building's size. The headquarters will have 86,000 square feet, not 860,000 square feet. A corrected version of the story is below: Murphy Oil to build new HQ in El Dorado Murphy Oil plans new headquarters in El Dorado; construction to begin in August EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — Construction is set to begin next month on Murphy Oil Corp.'s new headquarters in El Dorado. Several former law offices and an abandoned house will be demolished to make room for the 86,000-square-foot headquarters. A company spokeswoman says construction is expected to be complete in September 2015. The El

  • Va. power company preps for offshore winds

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Dominion Virginia Power's plan to develop a wind farm off Virginia's coast has brought a 110-foot ship to waters off Virginia Beach. The U.S.-flagged long-lift vessel will be working offshore from Camp Pendleton this month to obtain core samples of the ocean bottom for the design of an underground electric distribution line. Dominion said Thursday the Inez Eymard will conduct the borings from 300 to 3,300 feet from shore. The power company has received two Department of Energy grants totaling $51 million for a wind turbine demonstration project. It's intended to help the company design turbines suitable for open Atlantic conditions.

  • Oil prices continue to fall as supplies grow

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    The price of oil continued to fall Thursday, trading below $102 a barrel as the outlook for supply remained robust. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was down 34 cents to $101.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, was down 12 cents to $108.16 on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Oil has been falling steadily for more than a week partly because worries about disruptions of the oil supply from Iraq have subsided and Libyan oil is returning to the global market. Political strife has shut ports and disrupted production in Libya but agreements with local militias are now expected to open two ports. A major

  • India's new government unveils growth budget

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's new government introduced a reform-minded budget Thursday, telegraphing a contentious overhaul of populist subsidies and vowing to lift economic growth to rates of 7-8 percent by spending billions of dollars on infrastructure. The budget for the fiscal year ending March 2015 was closely watched as an indicator of whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will act quickly to will deliver on promises to revive stalled economic growth. The government also announced plans to ease limits on foreign investment in defense and insurance businesses.

  • Gas station goes nostalgic for classic car event

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — A Mobil gas station in Oakland County is expected to take on a more nostalgic look as part of National Collector Car Appreciation Day. Staff with Hagerty Classic Car Magazine will wear vintage attendant uniforms while pumping gas into classic cars from 7-10 a.m. Friday at the station at 36101 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham. Beginning at 25 cents per gallon, gas will be charged at what it cost the year the cars were made. Anyone driving a vehicle 25 years old or older will be eligible for the cheaper gas. Attendants also will wash car windows while a jukebox plays hits from the 1950s and 1960s.

  • US environmental official talks up clean air rules

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal environmental official will meet with environmentalists, state officials and others in Hartford to discuss the Obama administration's clean air initiatives. Janet McCabe, an acting assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration, is scheduled to speak Thursday at the offices of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. McCabe is working on the EPA's clean power plan that is expected to lead to a national rule regulating carbon pollution from electric power plants.

  • ND pipeline leaks about 1M gallons of saltwater

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Around 1 million gallons of saltwater has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, some of it into a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water for an American Indian reservation, company and tribe officials said Wednesday. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall told The Associated Press that an underground pipeline near Mandaree leaked about 24,000 barrels, or just over 1 million gallons, of saltwater near Bear Den Bay, a tributary of Lake Sakakawea. The Missouri River reservoir provides water to communities on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, occupied by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes in the heart of western North Dakota's booming oil patch.

  • U.S. Senior Open at Edmond's Oak Tree National gets help against heat from Trane air conditioning

    By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    At the U.S. Senior Open at Edmond’s Oak Tree National, one of the world’s major golf championships for senior men, various temporary structures, such as bathrooms and a merchandise shop, feature air conditioning units that keep the environment dozens of degrees cooler than the air outside. Local forecasters predict temperatures near 100 degrees all week.

  • Despite Mideast turmoil, oil prices continue to fall

    By JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The price of oil fell for the ninth straight day Wednesday as global supplies continue to flow despite unrest in the world’s most important oil-producing region.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for July 10

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $98.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $86.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted June 20: COMPLETION Garfield: Longfellow Energy LP; Markes No. 11-M4H Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 02-20N-06W; 105 barrels oil per day, 1,473,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,670. Grady: Quantum Resources Management LLC; Norge Marchand Unit No. 50-3 Well; NE1/4 SE1/4 NW1/4 SW1/4 of 27-07N-08W; 51 barrels oil per day, 47,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,800. Grant: Plymouth Exploration LLC; Parrish No. 1-35H Well; SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 35-25N-04W; 139 barrels oil per day, 475,000

  • Michigan judge drops two charges against Chesapeake

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    A Michigan judge on Wednesday dismissed two of the three charges against Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. over claims that the company conspired with Canadian oil company Encana Corp. to hold down lease prices in the state.

  • Most electric service restored after storm

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest electric utility says it has restored power to more than 41,000 customers following the latest storm. A storm with high winds moved across Vermont Tuesday night knocking down trees and power lines. Greg Hanson of the National Weather Service says the storm caused mostly wind damage although there was heavy rainfall at times. Only two dozen customers were still without service late Wednesday. It was the second storm to cause widespread outages this week. About 37,000 Green Mountain Power customers lost power over the Fourth of July weekend following a severe rain and wind storm.