• Shell, Total get first foreign gas stations in Iran

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France's Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran. The Press TV English-language channel quotes the head of Iran's filling stations union, Bijan Haj Mohammadreza, as saying 100 new licenses have been issued to each company. Until now, the only retail service stations belonged to the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company. The agreement comes after Iran and world powers reached a deal in July that curbs the Persian country's disputed nuclear program in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

  • Ethiopia plans to export natural gas in 3 to 5 years

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A government official in Ethiopia says his country will begin exporting natural gas in three to five years following the discovery of huge reserves in the country's Somali region. Ethiopian Mines Minister Tolossa Shagi said Friday the country expects to make in excess of $1 billion in annual foreign exchange earnings from gas exports. Tolossa said a Chinese company has discovered 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and that the country will start exporting gas after satisfying local demand. He said security has been beefed up to avoid an attack similar to a 2007 incident in which 65 Ethiopian and nine Chinese oil and gas workers were killed by suspected rebels operating in the region.

  • Feds, states, others oppose Patriot Coal reorganization plan

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Patriot Coal's latest reorganization plan is drawing opposition from the federal government, regulators in four states, creditors and others ahead of a bankruptcy court hearing on whether it should be approved. Opponents say in motions filed this week that the plan is not feasible and contains provisions that violate bankruptcy law. A hearing on the plan is set for Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy in Richmond, Virginia. Several environmental groups, the federal government and regulators in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia questioned how the company's obligations, including the multimillion-dollar cost of cleaning up mine pollution, would be fulfilled once a substantial amount of its assets ar

  • Hearings set on proposed rule on machine mine sensors

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public hearings are set this month on a proposed federal rule to require coal mine operators to equip coal hauling machines and scoops with sensors intended to curb fatalities and injuries in underground mines. The sensors automatically shut down equipment when people get too close. Public hearings on the proposed rule will be held Oct. 6 in Denver, Oct. 8 in Birmingham, Alabama, Oct. 19 in Beaver, West Virginia, and Oct. 29 in Indianapolis. Coal hauling machines include shuttle and ram cars and continuous haulage systems. Federal mine regulators say sensors could have prevented 42 fatalities on mobile machines from 1984 through 2014.

  • Feds: Proposed pipeline rules could have prevented accidents

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — New federal rules proposed for pipelines that carry oil and other hazardous liquids could have prevented more than 200 accidents since 2010, including a Michigan rupture that ranks as the costliest onshore spill in U.S. history, federal officials said. The U.S. Transportation Department proposal announced Thursday covers more than 200,000 miles of hazardous liquids pipelines that crisscross the nation — a network that expanded rapidly over the past decade as domestic oil production increased. Included in the proposal are new inspection requirements for pipelines in rural areas; increased use of leak detection systems; and a requirement for companies to more closely analyze inspection results.

  • Hearing on for Oct. 30 for James River power line

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a public hearing for Oct. 30 in Williamsburg on a proposed high-power transmission line across the James River. The project proposed by Dominion Virginia Power has stirred strong opposition among preservation and conservation groups, among others. They are fearful that power lines suspended from towering structures in the river will smudge an historic part of Virginia's landscape. That section of the river includes Jamestown Island. Preservationists say the vista isn't too different from 400 years ago when Capt. John Smith sailed on the James. The utility, however, says the power line is needed to provide reliable electrical service to a growing custom


    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $41.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $29.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Sept. 17: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Leslie 2612 No. 5H-28 BR Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 28-26N-12W; 108 barrels oil per day, 308,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,417. Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Leslie 2612 No. 5H-33 BR Well; S1/2 S1/2 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 28-26N-12W; 52 barrels oil per day, 270,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,388. Carter: XTO Energy Inc.; Davis No. 1-5H Well; SW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 05-03S-03W; 27 barrels oil per day; TD

  • Oklahoma energy briefs for Oct. 2

    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Oklahoma energy briefs for Oct. 2, 2015

  • Boston-based company looks to tap into oil-field water needs

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Getting water to the right well at the right time is a constant challenge for oil and gas operators, but one startup company is hoping to make it easier and more efficient with an online service called Sourcewater.

  • Oklahoma likely will meet ozone regulations

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma is expected to be able to meet tighter limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, unveiled Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Oil prices impact Oklahoma energy stocks

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Low oil prices took a toll in the third quarter on Oklahoma stock prices.

  • Asian stocks drift ahead of key US job report

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were muted on Friday as investors waited for a U.S. jobs report that could influence whether the U.S. Federal Reserve chooses October or December for its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.1 percent to 17,705.67 while South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.1 percent to 1,980.93. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rebounded after a holiday, jumping 2.2 percent to 21,300.56 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.4 percent to 5,091.30. Markets in mainland China are closed for holidays until Oct. 8. Stock benchmarks in Southeast Asia were lower. JOBS REPORT: With no major regional economic data due, Asian investors were focused on Friday's U.S. employment repor

  • US pipeline agency fines Exxon subsidiary $2.6 million

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal regulators announced Thursday they are assessing a $2.6 million civil penalty against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released its final report on the Pegasus pipeline leak that spilled roughly 3,190 barrels of oil near Mayflower and Lake Conway about 20 miles north of Little Rock in March 2013. The agency, which is under the U.S. Department of Transportation, said in its order that the company violated regulations involving the line's integrity, operation and maintenance. The U.S.

  • Paycom eligible for $20.5 million in state Quality Jobs incentives

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Paycom plans to add more than 1,000 jobs in the next decade, which could bring in more than $20 million in incentives from the state Commerce Department.

  • Senate panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support for legislation that President Barack Obama opposes. The banking panel endorsed the bill, 13-9, on a largely party-line vote. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota sponsored the bill and was the only Democrat to support it. Heitkamp said the bill would lower or stabilize gas prices, support jobs and increase U.S. influence abroad. Despite the largely partisan committee vote, Heitkamp said she is optimistic that some Senate Democrats will support efforts to lift the export ban, which was imposed in the 1970s amid an energy shortage.

  • Feds want tougher rules for pipelines after series of spills

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they want tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying crude oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included the costliest onshore oil spill in the nation's history in Michigan. The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed expanding pipeline inspection requirements to include rural areas that are currently exempt and for companies to more closely analyze the results of their inspections. The agency also would make companies re-check lines following floods and hurricanes, and submit information about leaks and other problems on thousands of miles of smaller lines that fall outside of existing regulations.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030. The world's third-largest carbon polluter filed its climate action plan to the Germany-based U.N. climate secretariat late Thursday, the deadline for pledges before a December conference in Paris, where governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight climate change. In a 38-page submission citing Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian government said it would slash the rate of emissions relative to gross domestic product by 33-35 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

  • EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy. The Environmental Protection Agency said the new standard of 70 parts per billion will reduce exposure to dangerous ozone pollution and prevent thousands of asthma attacks and emergency room visits and hundreds of premature deaths each year. Environmental and health groups argued that the rules fall short. The new standard is below the current standard of 75 parts per billion but at the high end of a range announced by the EPA last fall.

  • Democrats push Christie to act on offshore wind farms

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrats from New Jersey's congressional delegation are pushing Gov. Chris Christie's administration to finalize a funding mechanism for offshore wind energy projects ahead of a federal auction to sell lease rights for wind farms off the state's coast. Christie signed legislation in 2010 designed to make the state a leader in offshore wind energy. It guaranteed a purchase price that would help cover the upfront costs of building the farms. But the state Board of Public Utilities hasn't finalized the mechanism. Several members of Congress sent Christie a letter Wednesday urging him to get a plan in place. The federal government recently announced it will auction off the lease rights to nearly 344,000 ac

  • Attorney: Negligence by utilities led to New Mexico wildfire

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Pointing to a photograph of towering ponderosa pine and fir trees being overcome by smoke and flames, an attorney for more than 300 plaintiffs told jurors Thursday during opening statements that the negligence of two electric utilities was to blame for one of the largest fires in New Mexico's recorded history. It will be up to the jury to determine whether the utilities should be held liable for the Las Conchas fire. The blaze was sparked June 26, 2011, when strong winds toppled a rotting aspen tree and it fell onto a power line running through the Jemez Mountains. The resulting fire scorched more than 240 square miles of tinder-dry forest, destroyed dozens of homes and threatened one of the nation's