• SandRidge exec to lead new BP unit

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: 31 min ago

    SandRidge Energy Inc. executive David Lawler has been named CEO of industry giant BP’s new business managing its onshore oil and natural gas assets in the contintental U.S.

  • Egypt says rolling blackouts to end in 4 months

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials promised Wednesday to end rolling power blackouts that have plagued the country within four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants. Neighborhoods in Egypt sink into darkness for hours during the day, leaving millions without power. The crisis has caused water cuts, affected hospitals and cut communications as many had difficulty recharging their mobile phones. Parts of the capital lose power numerous times a day, plunging entire neighborhoods into darkness for an hour or more each time.

  • 'Poisoned waters' billboard sparks Ohio well fight

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An eastern Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing a deep-injection well is facing a legal threat from the well's Texas operator. Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid for by Michael Boals of Coshocton (kuh-SHAHK'-tuhn) contain false and defamatory attacks against its well, which disposes of contaminated wastewater from oil and gas drilling. Boals refuses to pull the billboards. The 55-year-old Boals says stating the wells "pump poisoned waters" underfoot is true. An environmental legal group argues quoting prophecy from Revelation — on men dying from waters "made bitter" — is Boals' free

  • Marshall commission OKs power plant agreement

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The Marshall County Commission has approved an agreement for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant. Under the agreement, the commission would own the 549-megawatt plant and lease it back to Moundsville Power to operate. Moundsville Power would pay about $1 million annually to the county over 30 years in lieu of property taxes. Media outlets report that the commission approved the deal on Tuesday. The $615 million plant would be located in Moundsville. Moundville Power chief financial officer Matthew Dorn told the commission that the company plans to begin construction next year.

  • Retired general to discuss clean energy in Raleigh

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A retired U.S. Air Force general is visiting Raleigh to highlight the military's role in clean energy innovation and what this means for North Carolina's economy. Gen. Ron Keys will participate in several events Wednesday with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and business owners, economic developers, university researchers, community leaders and elected officials. Examples of the link between the military and energy innovation in North Carolina include the military's largest thermal neighborhood at Camp Lejeune with solar hot water systems in almost 3,000 off-base homes. Keys is a member of a panel of senior retired military leaders who study national security issues. A CNA report found tha

  • Public can comment on fracking at Raleigh hearing

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The public is invited to a meeting with North Carolina officials to comment on proposed rules for the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking. The first of four public meetings is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at N.C. State University in Raleigh. The state Mining and Energy Commission plans to hold other meetings in Sanford, Reidsville and Cullowhee. In June, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law clearing the way for permits to be issued for hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — as soon as next spring. The drilling method involves injecting mixtures of water, sand gravel or other chemicals to break apart underground rocks to allow oil and gas to escape. The law lifts a 2012 moratorium that b

  • Dan Sullivan takes lead in Alaska GOP Senate race

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan held a lead in early primary returns in the fight to be the Republican candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Sullivan held an edge Tuesday night over tea party favorite Joe Miller, who made a late push reminiscent to his 2010 primary upset of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was in third. Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP powerbrokers and a huge cash advantage over his rivals. The Republicans are vying to face Begich, who easily won his primary, who faced no real opposition from other Democrats.

  • Alaska oil tax referendum too close to call

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's revised oil tax system may have a short lifespan, but as of Tuesday night, the matter was too close to call. Votes in favor of Ballot Measure 1, which would repeal a production tax approved by lawmakers in 2013, were leading by a narrow margin. Republican lawmakers approved the revised tax system at the urging of Gov. Sean Parnell. Senate Bill 21 narrowly passed the state Senate with the promise that it would attract investment for new wells and put more oil in the trans-Alaska pipeline. Critics called the measure a giveaway. The law granted deep tax cuts but extracted no commitment by oil producers to invest.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for Aug. 20

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $91 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $79 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Aug. 1: COMPLETION Beaver: Chaparral Energy LLC; Anderson No. 4H 27-34 Well; NW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 27-01N-20E; 8 barrels oil per day, 11,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,560. Garfield: Plymouth Exploration LLC; Toews No. 2-17H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 of 17-24N-04W; 190 barrels oil per day, 611,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,237. Kingfisher: Hinkle Oil & Gas Inc.; Bollenbach No. 2-29H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 of 29-17N-05W; 365 barrels oil per day, 368,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD

  • Major transmission line planned across Oklahoma, Arkansas receives federal approval for sales

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved plans to sell capacity on a $2 billion, 700-mile electricity transmission line that would take wind energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Tennessee. If it clears several more regulatory hurdles, the Plains and Eastern Clean Line could be in operation by 2018.

  • Blast in China coal mine kills 2, traps 25 miners

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported. Twelve other miners were rescued from the privately owned mine in Huainan city in Anhui province after Tuesday's blast, one of whom suffered burns, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Rescuers pulled out two bodies Wednesday, including the driver of a belt conveyor, Xinhua reported. It said a search was under way for the remaining 25 people believed trapped. The cause of the blast was under investigation.

  • NC lawmakers reach compromise on coal ash measure

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State House and Senate leaders said Tuesday that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger announced their chambers reached an agreement they said would give the state the strictest regulations on coal ash disposal in the nation. The legislation would require closure of all unlined coal ash ponds within 15 years. The bill is expected to go to a floor vote in both chambers Wednesday, shortly before legislative leaders say they intend to adjourn for the year.

  • Federal licensing board hears testimony on mine

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A licensing board of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission tasked with approving a South Dakota uranium mine questioned expert witnesses Tuesday to determine whether commission staff members adequately consulted Native Americans and met legal requirements for protecting historical and cultural resources before signing off on the mine. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board held the first of its three-day hearings in Rapid City in a ballroom of the historic Hotel Alex Johnson that has been transformed into a federal courtroom for the week. Tuesday's hearings focused primarily on two contentions from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a group of concerned parties, or "consolidated intervenors.

  • Stretch of Ohio River reopens after fuel oil spill

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River closed after a fuel oil spill reopened to river traffic on Tuesday with some restrictions as containment and cleanup continued. River traffic in that area must get Coast Guard clearance and maintain a safe speed, agency spokeswoman Lt. Katherine Cameron said. The area was closed to all traffic, including barges carrying commercial goods, after the spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond. The spill at the W.C. Beckjord Station happened at about 11:15 p.m. Monday during a routine transfer of fuel oil from a larger tank to smaller ones and was stopped within about 15 minutes, Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen said.

  • Romney stumps for GOP hopefuls in West Virginia

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Mitt Romney bashed President Obama in West Virginia coal country Tuesday to stir up support for three Republican hopefuls as the GOP seeks to win a U.S. Senate race that could help tip the Democratic chamber in the GOP's favor. However, the support of the former Republican presidential nominee could end up being more valuable for two U.S. House candidates. The Senate matchup already favors Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito against Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. Capito's vacated House seat will be key, as Republicans look to tilt traditionally Democratic West Virginia further right, particularly while Obama remains unpopular and in office.

  • California environmentalist shakes up Florida race

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A California billionaire environmentalist is pouring millions of dollars into the Florida governor's race to buy television ads attacking Gov. Rick Scott as a friend of polluters and utility companies, giving the campaign of Democratic front-runner Charlie Crist a boost as polls show a tightening race. Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer has put Scott and the Florida Republican Party on the defensive, prompting them to hit back with their own ads attacking Steyer as a hypocrite. They have also threatened television stations with lawsuits if they carry the ads, which Scott's lawyers say are misleading and defamatory. So far, one Fort Myers station has stopped running them.

  • Wyoming primary a referendum on Gov. Mead

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Republican voters went to the polls Tuesday to answer the question of whether widespread dissatisfaction with the federal government gives them any reason to vote out incumbent Gov. Matt Mead. Challengers Dr. Taylor Haynes and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill both campaigned on the idea that they can move Wyoming farther away from federal control. Haynes, a retired urologist turned rancher, is the most outspoken. If elected, he has said he would work to have Wyoming take over the millions of acres of federal lands within its borders. Despite criticism from legal scholars, Haynes says the Constitution is on his side in his desire to drive federal employees from the state or face jail time

  • Corps: Waterway infrastructure improvements needed

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. DeLuca, commander of the corps' Mississippi Valley Division, spoke Tuesday at a public meeting held on a corps vessel on the Mississippi River in Memphis. He called on federal, state and local governments — plus citizens groups, businesses and private entrepreneurs — to invest in updating existing infrastructure, and starting new projects. In June, Presi

  • Billionaire to pay $1.5M fine for Kentucky mines

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky. The agreement between Justice and the state's Department for Natural Resources is a reduction from the $4.5 million in outstanding penalties he owed for the violations, according to the settlement. Kentucky officials said the violations came from not doing post-mining reclamation work required by law at Justice mines in eight counties. Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters said in a news release Tuesday that the violations at Justice-owned mines "were among the most egregious we have seen in nearly a decad

  • Georgia regulators approve nuclear plant spending

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — State utility regulators have approved Georgia Power's latest spending on a new nuclear plant. The members of the Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Georgia Power's expenditure of $389 million to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl). The vote covered construction spending during 2013. The utility is expected to spend more than $6 billion on its share of the massive project. Executives for the Southern Co. subsidiary have said the first of the new reactors should be operating in late 2017, while the second is supposed to come online late in 2018. State monitors have said Georgia Power and its co-owners of the new plant may face challenges sticking to that s