• Houston-based Apache Corp. to close regional office in Tulsa

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Houston-based oil and gas producer Apache Corp. will close its regional office in Tulsa as part of a company-wide restructuring. The company announced its plans Monday to close the office that employs 160 people, and spokeswoman Castlen Kennedy said the company will try to offer as many jobs as possible to the 160 employees, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1eLpCwi ) reported. Kennedy said those jobs will probably be in Houston, San Antonio or Midland, Texas. "The decision to close the Tulsa office has been a difficult one," she said. "Tulsa has been a great host to us.

  • Walker: 'I'm going to keep my campaign promises'

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    DELAVAN, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker, for the second time in less than a week, said Monday that he won't agree to raise the gas tax or vehicle registration fees to break a legislative impasse over how to pay for highway projects and other transportation needs. "I'm going to keep my campaign promises," said Walker, who didn't specifically promise not to raise the gas tax or vehicle registration fees, but did say he wouldn't let the overall tax burden go up in his second term. Walker, who is expected to announce a presidential run soon, commented on transportation funding after a speech at a Boys and Girls Club meeting in Delavan.

  • North Texas man gets 20 years for trying to blow up pipeline

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PLANO, Texas (AP) — A North Texas man has been sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison for using a homemade bomb to try to blow up a natural gas pipeline. Anson Chi (chee) of Plano, who was severely burned in the 2012 incident, was sentenced Monday. U.S. District Judge Richard Schell ruled use of the explosive by Chi met the standard for a crime of terrorism. That cleared the way for a stiffer penalty for Chi, who represented himself in court. Chi pleaded guilty last year to having an explosive device that was not registered by law, and to using the explosive device maliciously. Chi testified his actions were stupid and he was just testing the explosive that damaged the Atmos Energy line. Chi must pay

  • Things to know about the California oil spill

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cleanup crews continued to mop up oil-stained beaches along California's Central Coast two weeks after an onshore underground pipeline ruptured, leaking thousands of gallons of crude into the Pacific. The May 19 spill occurred along the same stretch of Santa Barbara County coast as the devastating oil platform blowout in 1969 that galvanized the environmental movement. While the impacts of the latest spill have been far less severe, the episode has angered conservationists and residents who lived through the earlier disaster.

  • Feds say Colorado oilman hasn't responded to penalty

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal agency says a Colorado oilman, known for filing scores of lawsuits against energy companies claiming they underreported natural gas production, hasn't responded to a civil penalty from a federal agency alleging that he failed to report production on his own leases. The Office of Natural Resources Revenue announced in November it had assessed a civil penalty of over $46,000 against Jack J. Grynberg. It alleged he failed to report production on federal leases in Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Agency spokesman Patrick Etchart said recently that Grynberg didn't respond to the penalty or ask for a hearing. He said the Treasury Department will pursue collection of the debt.

  • Colstrip gets new operator as PPL spins off Montana assets

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The longtime operator of one of the largest coal-fueled power plants in the West completed a spin-off of assets Monday that include the 2,100-megawatt Colstrip plant in southeastern Montana. PPL Corp. of Pennsylvania said it was spinning off subsidiary PPL Montana and assets elsewhere to focus on "more reliable" markets. Colstrip will be controlled by the newly-created Talen Energy Corp., also of Pennsylvania. The 360-worker Montana plant serves wholesale and industrial power customers across the Pacific Northwest.

  • Appalachian Power closes 3 West Virginia coal-fired plants

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia have shut down operations in a previously announced move. Appalachian Power's Kanawha River Power Station at Glasgow, the Kammer Power Station near Moundsville and the Phillip Sporn Power Station at New Haven were closed Sunday. Appalachian Power had announced in 2011 that it planned to close the plants, along with three coal-fired plants in Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. The company had said it would be cost-prohibitive to equip them to comply with new federal emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. Another coal-fired plant in Virginia is being converted to natural gas.

  • $430 million Dakota Prairie Refinery begins diesel sales

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Diesel sales have started at a new oil refinery in western North Dakota. Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners built the $430 million Dakota Prairie Refinery near Dickinson. Officials said Monday that some diesel was sold last month. But they say June is expected to be the first full month of production at 20,000 barrels per day. A barrel is 42 gallons. Crews broke ground on the refinery in March 2013. The only other refinery producing fuel in North Dakota is the Tesoro Corp. plant at Mandan.

  • French minister: 2015 climate deal must avoid US Congress

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BONN, Germany (AP) — The global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in such a way that it doesn't require approval by the U.S. Congress, the French foreign minister said Monday. Laurent Fabius told African delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn that "we know the politics in the U.S. Whether we like it or not, if it comes to the Congress, they will refuse." If negotiators follow his plan, that would exclude an international treaty that has legally-binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions — something some countries still insist on but which would have no chance of being ratified by the Republican-controlled Congress. "We must find a formula which is valuable for everybody and valuable for th

  • 69 killed as tanker truck explodes in southern Nigeria

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A runaway oil tanker truck exploded in a crowded bus station in the south of the country, setting ablaze 12 buses carrying passengers and killing 69 people, Nigeria's Red Cross and police said Monday. Red Cross chairman Peter Emeka Kathy said about 30 other victims have been hospitalized with severe burns. He said the truck was barreling down the hill when the brakes failed and it ploughed into the bus station at Onitsha, the state capital, before exploding. Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra state wept when he visited the scene of Sunday night's conflagration. Relatives were visiting morgues on Monday to try and identify missing family members.

  • US manufacturing growth accelerates for 1st time in 6 months

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing growth accelerated in May for the first time in six months, propelled by more new orders and an increase in hiring. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index rose to 52.8 last month from 51.5 in April. That's the highest reading since February. Any reading above 50 signals expansion. The pickup in factory activity suggests the economy may be growing again after shrinking in the first three months of the year. Still, overall growth remains slow, held back by a range of factors. Americans have been reluctant to boost spending, even as hiring has been healthy and lower gas prices have left them with more money to spen

  • Massachusetts gas prices unchanged

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts remains unchanged, and is still well below the national average. AAA Northeast reported Monday that self-serve, regular is unchanged from last week at an average of $2.66 per gallon, 9 cents per gallon lower than the national average. Bay State prices are still 6 cents higher than a month ago but 98 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $2.51 per gallon and as high as $2.85.

  • Apache Corp. closing Tulsa regional office

    By Rod Walton - Tulsa World | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Houston-based oil and gas producer Apache Corp., which has maintained a robust presence in Tulsa for six decades, announced Monday morning that it is closing that office which employs 160 people. The Tulsa regional office is shutting down permanently as part of a company-wide restructuring. New CEO John Christmann, who came in earlier this year, has completed a full review of operations and decided that the firm needed to consolidate from seven regional offices to three. The Tulsa office oversaw Apache drilling in the Anadarko Basin of western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. The site, which employed over 200 people at one point before the downturn in crude oil prices, has been in place since the mid-1950s. Read

  • Ohio oil and natural gas production up in first quarter

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says oil and natural gas production in the state continues to rise. Statistics released by the department Monday show more than 4.4 million barrels of oil and 183 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during the first three months of the year. During the same quarter in 2014, Ohio wells produced nearly 2 million barrels of oil and 67 billion cubic feet of natural gas. ODNR says Ohio oil production increased 24 percent from the fourth quarter of last year, when the state produced more than 3.5 million barrels of oil. The report showed that out of 926 wells drilled in Ohio, 877 wells produced at least some oil or gas in the first quarter of the yea

  • Pioneer and Reliance selling joint business to Enterprise

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and India's Reliance Industries Ltd. have agreed to sell a pipeline and processing company to Enterprise Products Partners LP for $2.15 billion. Irving, Texas-based Pioneer currently owns 50.1 percent of the Eagle Ford Shale Midstream business, while Reliance owns 49.9 percent of that business. Enterprise Products is a gas and oil pipeline company based in Houston. The Eagle Ford Shale Midstream business was formed in 2010 to construct facilities to provide gathering and handling services for condensate and gas produced from wells in the Eagle Ford Shale. The system currently consists of 10 central gathering plants and approximately 460 miles of pipelines.

  • Red Cross: Oil tanker explodes in southern Nigerian bus station, killing 69 people

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Red Cross: Oil tanker explodes in southern Nigerian bus station, killing 69 people.

  • Chip deal sets off an early rally in technology shares


    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher, led by gains in the technology sector following a big acquisition in the semiconductor industry. Chip designer Altera jumped 6 percent, the most in the Standard & Poor's 500 index, after the company agreed to be acquired by Intel for $17 billion in cash. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 58 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,062 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Monday. The S&P 500 rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,111. The Nasdaq composite gained 13 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,083. The price of crude oil fell 16 cents to $60.13 a barrel in New York. Bond prices fell slightly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.13 percent.

  • GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Not so, insist Republicans. They say the rule is a massive government overreach that could even subject puddles and ditches to regulation. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is promising to "rein in" the government through legislation or other means. It's a threat with a familiar ring. What else are Capito and other Republicans pledging to try to block? — the administration's plan to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

  • Magnitude-4.4 quake hits Iran; no report of damage, injuries


    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says a magnitude-4.4 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district some 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Bushehr, home to the Islamic Republic's only operational nuclear power plant. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Iran's official IRNA news agency says the epicenter of the quake was the town of Emam Hassan and that it struck around 4:30 a.m. Monday (0000 GMT, 8 p.m. EDT). The Bushehr nuclear power plant, which went online in 2011 with Russian help, is built to withstand earthquakes of magnitude 8. In 2013, a magnitude-6.1 temblor killed at least 37 people in an area of the same province where Monday's quake struck. Iran experiences frequent earthquakes.

  • AAA Michigan: Gas prices hold steady in past week at $2.73


    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide are about the same as a week ago. The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price per gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.73 on Sunday. That's about $1.18 less than at the same time last year. AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations in the state. The club says the lowest price was about $2.65 per gallon in the Marquette area, and the highest price was about $2.77 per gallon in the Traverse City area.